Research and Markets logoResearch and Markets has just published a report detailing their projections for the global 3D scanning market from 2013 to 2018. The projections are dramatic, the research is detailed and the report costs $4650. The price may be outrageous, but the people from Research and Markets have indeed done their homework. Here are some of the more interesting projections included in the report:

GlobeThe global 3D scanning market is expected to reach around $4.08 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% from 2013 to 2018. According to the report there are also two areas of the world poised for massive growth: Asia-Pacific and Latin American. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to grow from $538.5 million to $1,087.3 million by 2018 with a CAGR of 15.1%. The Latin America market is expected to have a CAGR of 23.2% and increase from $257.9 million in 2013 to $732.5 million by 2018.

"With continuous advancements in the technology, the demand has risen for portable 3D scanners and other 3D scanning services," R&M said in the report. "This 3D scanning research report analyzes global adoption trends, evolving platforms and forces in this rapidly emerging market. The report also focuses on opportunity analysis, competitive landscape and estimates the market size with forecasts, across multiple verticals and regions." Company profiles are included in the report and industry players like AutoDesk, 3D Systems and Faro Technologies are prominently featured.