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September 9, 2015

Reader Survey Results: Your Technical Criteria for Selecting a 3D Scanner

ARC Survey Results

By Scott Evans, ARC Advisory Group

ARC Advisory Group conducted a web-based survey in conjunction with SPAR 3D in Q3 2015 to examine current and future expectations among users of industrial 3D Scanning technology. The user respondents represented a wide range of industries, applications, and experiences. One question asked them to rate the importance of select technical criteria in making a purchasing decision (business criteria in separate question for another post). The chart below depicts the results:

The paramount importance of scan accuracy, resolution, and/or noise reduction is most striking, with 91% of respondents ranking this criterion as either a high or medium level of importance. However, the inconsistent ability to achieve the required level of accuracy remains the most pressing technical challenge for users.

Another question revealed that only 7% of respondents strongly believe that other technologies are superior to 3D Scanning. While 3D Scanning may offer technical preeminence, issues related to ease-of-use are preventing 3D Scanning users from realizing the full potential of the technology. Users encounter more difficulties with 3D Scanning software than with 3D Scanning hardware.

Suppliers have made excellent strides in improving ease-of-use, but there is still much more work to be done to broaden user adoption. Around half of all users have under 5 years of experience with 3D Scanning, which contributes to the need for improved ease-of-use. No matter the reason, errors (including those by the user) lead to long-lasting distrust of the technology. In fact, over 90% of respondents believe that future success of 3D Scanning is contingent on improving ease-of-use and processing of large point clouds. 

ARC looks forward to sharing other findings from the survey in future blog posts. 

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