3D scanning is the process of capturing digital information about the shape of an object, body part, or space. This report defines 3D scanning technologies, analyzes patent and funding activities around 3D scanning and associated applications, and then identifies emerging use cases within part design and manufacturing. Due to synergies with digital transformation, mass customization, and 3D printing, there are many new such potential use cases for 3D scanners. Identified and assessed cases include dental device production, custom-fit footwear production, production control for 3D printing, part-to-part/CAD comparison for assembly analysis, part replacement, repair and maintenance, and interior design process improvement.
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