LONDON, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asia-Pacific Dental 3D Scanners market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2016 to 2020 and in 2015 was valued at US$ 102.2 million, according to the new report "Global Dental 3D Scanners Market Assessment & Forecast 2016 - 2020." by SA-Business Research & Consulting Group.
The Asian market is brimming with innovation potential with players such as Medit Corporation, Shining 3D Tech Co., Ltd and DOF Inc strongly competing against large North American and European players. Computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in dentistry has been around for more than two decades. The early endeavors for employing CAD/CAM in dentistry were time consuming and cumbersome and produced rudimentary results. The major challenges faced were technological limitations and the lack of high definition 3D capturing systems. As technology improved, the CAD/CAM systems began to find a place labside with varying degree of acceptance among dentists. It is only in recent years that 3D scanning and 3D printing are becoming profitable for dentists since they drastically reduce the number of steps and time consumed in preparing an implant for a patient.
The 3D scanners are devices that use laser or structured light source to scan an object from multiple axes and reproduce the image on a computer system. Together, this system is also known as computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). Conventional systems were expensive, large and cumbersome for dentists to operate while managing patients as well. However, with further advancement of technology both in terms of hardware and software, miniaturization of devices, improvement in the level of imaging resolution will provide clearer images to dentists. This will help dentists and patients to decide on the best route of treatment and increase comfort. With companies such as 3M ESPE now offering low cost intraoral 3D scanners and Asian players such as Medit and Shining 3D tech anticipated to enter the intraoral market, this segment is poised to embark on a dynamic and competitive phase.
The report covers six geographical regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa. It also covers over 40 key vendors in the space of four device types; intraoral 3D scanners, desktop or laboratory 3D scanners, hand held 3D scanners and cone beam CT 3D scanners. Major vendors include 3Shape, Sirona, 3M ESPE, CareStream, Planmeca, Align Technology, Danaher (KaVo, Ormco, Gendex, Imaging Life Sciences International, Instrumentarium, Soredex and Nobel Biocare), Dental Wings-Straumann, NewTom, Densys, Optimet, Smart Optics, LaserDenta, Heraeus Kulzer, Imetric, imes-icore GmbH, Medit Corporation, Shining 3D Tech Ltd, DOF Inc (Degree of Freedom), Zirkon Zahn, Vatech America, Owandy, Condor, Medical High Technologies, ZFX (Zimmer-Biomet), Renishaw and Dipro.
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