3D Mapping and 3D Modelling Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The 3D Mapping and 3D Modeling Market is segmented by Type (3D Mapping and 3D Modeling), Application (Projection Mapping, Texture Mapping, and Maps and Navigation), End User, and Region.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


20.94 %

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Market Overview

The 3D mapping and 3D modeling market was valued at USD 10.85 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a CAGR of 20.94% over the forecast period (2020-2025). With major investments ongoing for 3D maps applications to be integrated with smartphones, market players, such as Samsung, Nokia, and other OEMs are entering this market. Online web services players, such as Amazon and Microsoft, have also started offering 3D maps on their platforms. 

  • Apart from major smartphone OEMs, smartphone component manufacturers are also entering this lucrative market. For instance, Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, has positioned its consumer drones for 3D modeling, mapping, and agricultural uses. 
  • The advent of 3D-enabled display devices is boosting the growth of the 3D mapping and 3D modeling market over the forecast period.
  • Advancement of 3D scanners, 3D sensors, and other acquisition devices are positively impacting the growth of the market over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

3D mapping and modeling technologies are one of the fastest ways to build 3D environments in the highly demanding market. 3D mapping solutions quickly create 3D maps of the surroundings with utmost clarity and accuracy, and are ready to plug into professional visualization operations. With major investments ongoing for 3D maps applications to be integrated with smartphones, market players, such as Samsung, Nokia, and other OEMs, are entering this market. Online web services players, such as Amazon and Microsoft, have also started offering 3D maps on their platforms. 

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Key Market Trends

Automotive to Witness Significant Growth

The future for various industries is 3D mapping and modeling, and the future factory is expected to be composed of several industrial-sized printers. The car and automotive sector is one area that is likely to be affected significantly. 

Driverless cars have many different kinds of sensors, including cameras, lidar, and radar, but they are not yet capable of fully understanding what they see. For example, before an autonomous car approaches a junction, it needs to know exactly where the traffic light will be. Because of this, driverless cars need highly detailed 3D maps of the roads they need to navigate, which is expected to boost the 3D mapping adoption.

Tesla, a company focusing on driverless cars and having few models offering driverless capabilities, has started pushing new modules from MapBox, an open-source mapping platform for custom designed maps, and Valhalla, an open source routing engine for navigation (for increased safety), which is boosting the overall market growth.

The increased use of 3D technology in the R&D department of the automotive industry propels the growth of the market in Europe, especially in Germany and the United Kingdom. This technology is used to design and engineer new vehicle models. For instance, Ferrari, based in Maranello, Italy, uses Autodesk 3D modeling software in the early stages of product development before prototyping.

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North America to Hold Major Share

North America is anticipated to hold a major share over the forecast period, as the region has a strong automotive sector, buoyed by the presence of major players and technologically advanced capabilities. Increased spending on infrastructure is pumping more money into the economy, thus creating more demand for consumer services and goods, which eventually increases investment in capacity increases of manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, and office space. The trend of the growing population (309 million in 2010 to 327 million in 2017) also contributes to the growth of the construction industry in the United States, and thus, the market for building information modeling (BIM). The huge volume of adoption of connected vehicles in the United States clearly outlines a growing trend of connected cars, which proportionately pushes the need for better and enhanced navigation capabilities, thereby driving the market growth. 

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Competitive Landscape

The 3D mapping and modeling market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. These major players with a prominent share in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic innovations and collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and profitability. For instance, in May 2017, Trimble acquired NM Group to expand its energy solutions portfolio to provide high-value data modeling and 3D visualization services for the utility industry. Furthermore, in November 2017, Golden Software LLC released Surfer version 15. The latest version includes the 3D viewer, point cloud layer for Lidar data processing, base map symbology, multithreaded gridding and color relief generation, and streamlined workflows. 

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness- Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Advent of 3D-enabled Display Devices

      2. 4.5.2 Advancement of 3D Scanners, 3D Sensors, and Other Acquisition Devices

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 High Initial Investments


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 3D Mapping

      2. 5.1.2 3D Modeling

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Projection Mapping

      2. 5.2.2 Texture Mapping

      3. 5.2.3 Maps & Navigation

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Entertainment and Media

      2. 5.3.2 Automotive

      3. 5.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.3.4 Building & Construction

      5. 5.3.5 Defense

      6. 5.3.6 Transportation

      7. 5.3.7 Other End Users

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Autodesk Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Saab AB

      3. 6.1.3 Golden Software LLC

      4. 6.1.4 Trimble Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Intermap Technologies

      6. 6.1.6 The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

      8. 6.1.8 Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Airbus Defense and Space

      10. 6.1.10 Cybercity 3D Inc.

  7. *List Not Exhaustive


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