Besides additive manufacturing, 3D imaging equipment and software are used for a full range of manufacturing applications including; inspection, quality control, verification, metrology and measurement.

"3D imaging is often the first step of the 3D printing process, especially when it comes to physical objects that need to be virtualized," said Michael Raphael of Direct Dimensions. "3D imaging provides the solutions for capturing reality."

3D imaging tools have evolved and provide automatic functions for analysis of complex geometric inspection of manufactured parts. The latest solutions automate the analysis of CAD-encoded geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and are expected to drive the growth of production inspection and part manufacturability with 3D imaging technology.