Things are heating up in the 3D laser scanning community to the benefit of all. FARO has just announced the FARO Focus(M) 70 priced at under $25,000. It is targeted at the construction world and public safety forensics.
At 70 meters the accuracy is stated to be +/- 3 mm. The Focus(M) 70 is designed for both indoor and outdoor use with an Ingress Protection of 54 for use in high particulate and wet conditions. The scanner is available for purchase.
2017 should be very interesting as we see the democratization of laser scanning taking place around the world.
You can sign up for a demo here.