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Trends in 3D Laser Scanning in 2014
When covering 3D laser scanning in depth this September, we noticed several trends including smaller options, lower prices, easier usability, and technology that turns a smartphone or tablet into a 3D scanner, like Google’s Project Tango.

In terms of cost, we've seen lower priced items like 3D Systems iSense Scanner, which runs $499, which turns an iPad or iPad Mini into a 3D scanner and captures data by simply walking around a target object or environment and capturing the data in real-time. Other similar options include the Occipital Structure Sensor that retails for $379.

These lower cost scanners offer users the ability to quickly and easily create simple 3D models of existing parts and structures without requiring them to take on the expense or develop the expertise needed for higher end scanners.

While companies like 3D Systems and Google have more recently entered the 3D laser scanning market, companies like Creaform have been offering 3D scanners since 2002, with more sophisticated products like the Creaform Go!Scan, which retails at $28,000. However, the lower end scanners seem to be marketed at the prosumer, whereas higher end products like this are designed specifically for AEC and MCAD professionals for reverse engineering of complex parts and archiving lost design data, requiring very little rework.

To learn more about the 3D laser scanning market in 2014 see the list of featured articles in this Industry Spotlight.
Capture Reality from Anywhere With Portable Laser Scanners
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
Here's a look at 10 handheld scanners including the 3D Systems Sense, which runs from $399 and higher end scanners from Creaform and Artec.

What's This About Project Tango?
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
A number of software developers have already begun signing up to make apps for Google's Project Tango, including Mattersport and Trimble.

Waking the dead: Geomagic 3D Imaging Software Enables Pre-historic Animals to Walk Again
By 3D Systems
The University of Manchester is using Geomagic Studio 3D to model both pre-historic and modern-day animals to simulate their movement.

NVision 3D Scanning Speeds Up Drag Boat Racing
By NVision
NVision helps a motorsports boat designer optimize the design of the custom-built propellers created for its Top Fuel Hydro drag boat.

National Showcaves of Wales Mapped Using ZEB1 Hand Held Laser Scanner
Press Release Issued by 3D Laser Mapping
Using the ZEB1 hand held laser scanner from 3D Laser Mapping students and teachers were able to capture millions of highly accurate measurements.

Hexagon Metrology Releases High Accuracy ROMER Absolute Arm
Press Release Issued by Hexagon Metrology
The new ROMER Absolute Arm 1.2m portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is being showcased at IMTS 2014 and will be avail Setp. 22 worldwide.

The Coordinate Metrology Society Unveils the CMSC 2013 Measurement Study Report
Press Release Issued by Coordinate Metrology Society
A new report from the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) discusses how decisions made during and after measurement affect the final result.

FARO Hosts the 3DRV Driven by Design Tour
Press Release Issued by FARO
FARO Technologies has announced that it will be hosting the 3DRV Driven by Design Tour on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in Lake Mary, Florida.