3D optical surface profilers are a type of profilometer that uses a technology called non-contact technology. These 3D optical surface profilers are usually constructed using advanced optical microscopes, offering two advantages including excellent imaging and no contact with the surface being measured. They work with the use of a variety of light sources, generally using high-brightness LEDs, for illuminating the sample and classy cameras for capturing these images that are then transformed into height information with the help of many techniques. 3D surface profilers offer many advantages such as wider magnification/FOV range, superior z-resolution (independent of magnification), high speed, and capable of measuring super-smooth to rough surfaces.
Increasing number of automotive and electronic industries across the globe, rapid technological improvements and developments in 3D optical surface profilers, increasing demand for these 3D optical surface profilers are among the major factors that are propelling the demand for 3D optical surface profilers. Rapid growing life science and aerospace industries across the globe, entry of new key players, are among the other factors which help to drive the growth of the market.
3D optical surface profilers are used in various applications such as automotive & precision machining, micro-manufacturing & nanotechnology, consumer electronics & displays, optics & photonics, and aerospace & defense.
Mainly two types of 3D optical surface profilers are available in the market currently, including white light interference and confocal technology. Demand for white light interference 3D optical surface profilers is high due to this type of 3D optical surface profilers allows for multiple data points from the same area on the sample.
The 3D optical surface profilers are used in various applications including automotive & aerospace, electronic & semiconductor, life science, and mems industry. 3D optical surface profilers are used in automotive and aerospace industries due to the increasingly developed and matured manufacturing technology and low cost of raw materials.
Rapid technological advancements and increasing adoption rate of 3D optical surface profilers especially in US and Canada are the factors that are resulting in high demand for the target market in North America. Demand for 3D optical surface profilers is increasing in region of Asia Pacific due to increasing number of automotive industries and fields expenditures, more intense competition, increasing new launches in presenting new products, increasing spending on common industries in this region. In addition, retrofitting and renovation of old technology, increasing adoption of 3D optical surface profilers in underdeveloped and developing countries such as India and China. Demand for 3D optical surface profilers is comparatively less in regions such as Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
The 3D optical surface profilers market worldwide is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly X.X% over the next 10 years and was valued at around US$ XX.X Mn in 2018.
Some of the major players operating in the global 3D optical surface profilers market include KLA-Tencor, Alicona, Zygo, and Bruker Nano Surfaces.