COMING SOON – April 2020!


Cairowest Report – The Science, Technology & Business of 3D Scanning


The Cairowest Report – The Science, Technology & Business of 3D Scanning is the most comprehensive book ever produced that covers all aspects of 3D scanning.

This unique source book will be available as a printable and searchable PDF or eBook (Kindle), and will be offered as a one-time purchase or an annual subscription, since the book will be updated at least twice annually.

The subscription option is a special value because of the rapid evolution of 3D scanning techniques, applications, and products.


Table of Contents


  • A brief introduction to the book written by a well-known 3D scanning industry luminary

Part 1. History/Background of 3D Scanning

  • Basic principles of 3D scanning
  • Evolution of 3D scanning technologies and applications
  • Short Range vs. Long Range
  • Point Clouds vs. CAD
  • What’s changed and improved in 3D scanning in the past 20 years?

Part 2. 3D Scanning Techniques/Methods

  • Overview
  • Survey of different 3D scanning techniques and methods
  • Advantages, benefits and disadvantages of each technique/method
Computed Tomography (CT) Blue Light
Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) White Light
Hybrid Structured Light
LADAR Touch Probe
Laser Ultrasonic
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Video/Videogrammetry
Photography/Photogrammetry Other
Red Light  

Part 3. 3D Scanning Applications

  • Overview
Archeology (Historical and Industrial) Hobby
Architecture Industrial
Civil Engineering Medical
Dental Metrology
Facility Management (FM) Metrology-assisted production
Forensics Paleontology
GD&T Assessment Quality Control/Inspection
Reverse Engineering Other

Part 4. Best Scanning Practices

  • Proven best setups and techniques
  • Optimized workflows
  • Dos & Don’ts

Part 5. 3D Scanning Research and New Developments

  • Commercial
  • Academic
  • Open Source

Part 6. 3D Scanning Market Analysis

  • Business drivers vs. market drivers
  • Vendor’s perspective
  • User’s perspective
  • Investor’s perspective
  • Market value
  • Market trends
  • Future possibilities

Part 7. File Formats and Processing Data

  • Raw vs. processed data
  • Basic principles of processing 3D scanning data
  • File Formats
    • STL
    • Point clouds
    • IGES
    • STEP
    • New neutral file formats
    • QIF
    • 3D PDF
    • AMF
    • PC-DMIS and DMIS language
    • Other

Part 8. 3D Scanning Hardware Vendors

  • Comprehensive listing of 3D scanning hardware vendors with detailed descriptions of products
  • Low end to high end
  • Matrix with technical features and capabilities
  • Sorted by technology method/type, including hybrid

Part 9. 3D Scanning Software Vendors

  • Comprehensive listing of 3D scanning software vendors for point cloud processing, inspection, and CAD with detailed descriptions of products

Part 10. 3D Scanning Service Providers

  • Comprehensive listing of 3D scanning service providers


A. Glossary
B. Physics of Scanning (Basic principles of various scanning methods/techniques)
C. Hardware/Scanner Specifications (by technology)
D. Software Specifications (by function)
E. Vendor Contact Information (alphabetical by Hardware, Software, and Services)