In the current era, technological advancements have played a crucial role in the development of numerous industries. Technological progress also has fueled the growth of the medical field, stemming from advanced research and discoveries of novel, innovative and modern approaches toward detecting an issue and solving it. 3D imaging finds applications in many different industries, namely medical, entertainment, defense, security and surveillance, industrial automation, architecture and construction.

One of the most important emerging applications of 3D imaging is 3D medical imaging. Furthermore, the 3D imaging market is expected to grow as there is an increase in demand for 3D display and sensors for high-definition visualization. In addition, growing awareness regarding 3D imaging, high penetration of smartphones and tablets and a demand for 3D imaging in industrial automation is likely to boost the growth of 3D imaging.

A market analysis published by Allied Market Research offers useful insights related to the 3D imaging market, such as the market share, size and growth. The current trends and the growth prospects of 3D imaging are thoroughly discussed in the report.

Trends in 3D Imaging

3D imaging has been around for a couple of decades. However, as technology has progressed, new applications of 3D imaging have gradually emerged. 3D imaging is becoming a crucial component of several industrial and medical applications. Image sensors, standardization of interface technologies and a growing demand for solutions for complex imaging are a few of the applications that require 3D imaging. As technology is advancing, 3D imaging is finding applications in a wide array of industries.

3D imaging is making a significant impact in time of flight applications. Time of flight applications measure the time it takes for light to travel to an object and back again; advanced sensors measure the distance light should travel. The automotive sector makes use of the time of flight technique in various applications, such as pre-cash detection systems. Currently, cars are heading towards automation, and consumers are demanding highly advanced safety systems to be installed. In this scenario, 3D imaging for time of flight techniques will play an important role to achieve success in these applications.

3D imaging also finds applications in conventional laser profiling techniques. It is one of the most popular 3D imaging techniques as far as electronics manufacturing is concerned. The technique is not new; it has been around for the last two decades. However, progress in 3D imaging technology, cost-effective lasers, high speed cameras and the onset of high quality sensors have made sheet of light technique more feasible and accessible. In addition, 3D imaging is utilizing several sensors to cover blind spots in the area that is inspected. The popularity of the sheet of light technology also is raising standards, which has led to the integration of cameras and software from various manufacturers. This standardization will push camera and software manufacturers to work together, and that will lead to a growth in competition and the introduction of new products for 3D. The ease of use issue in the 3D imaging industry also could be enhanced.

3D imaging is gradually gaining popularity, as a result of technological advancements that have created several new applications for which it may be used. Furthermore, 3D imaging is transforming the way some inspection applications are performed, as well as creating new avenues for position recognition and automation. 3D imaging is growing at a rapid pace, but the adoption of 2D imaging will continue. Over time, 3D imaging will ease out the execution of a few tasks by adding an extra dimension to it.

The adoption rate of 3D imaging technology is expected to grow as well, due to increasing demand for sophisticated healthcare facilities for advanced resolution and visualization. The market is thriving in developed regions like the U.S. and Europe, owing to advancements in technology and favorable growth conditions. 

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