Shining 3D AutoScan Inspec 3D Scanner Overview

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jun 30, 2022 2226

Chinese company Shining 3D is widely known for its state-of-the-art 3D scanning solutions, and recently it released a new metrology-grade 3D scanner — AutoScan Inspec. The device boasts the innovative AI scanning algorithms that ensure highly detailed results in a most convenient and rapid way. Read on to learn more about the scanner.

Pros and cons
  • Metrology-grade accuracy within 10 µm
  • One-click scanning function
  • 3-axis turntable rotation for multi-angle automatic scanning
  • Dual 5 MP camera for precise capturing of small and complex objects
  • Modular design for easy maintenance
  • Easy-to-use UltraScan software specially designed for industrial applications
  • No macOS and Linux compatibility




First look

The AutoScan Inspec is a compact desktop device that provides automatic high-accuracy scanning of small and complex objects with no contact involved.


With a quantity of powerful tools and smart features, the engineers from Shining 3D have introduced a perfect solution for reverse engineering, inspection, and quality control.

Let’s now look at the technical characteristics and most prominent features of the AutoScan Inspec 3D scanner.



Shining3D Autoscan Inspec 3D Scanner
Operating systems Windows 10, 64 bit
Weight kg 7.5 kg



One of the main aspects the developers paid special attention to when designing the scanner is the ease of use. The device is engineered with a user-friendly interface and a set of intelligent scanning modes to meet the simplification goal. For example, the user can point out certain areas which have not been scanned properly, and the device will automatically make all the necessary scans to achieve the best result.

Moreover, the AutoScan Inspec is easy to master even for untrained users. It takes only about three hours to get professional scans when employing the device for the first time.

In most cases, 3D scanning with the AutoScan Inspec is a one-click procedure. All you need to do is to place the object on the turntable, with the process starting off using the Ultrascan software. Only a few minutes later you will get a digital copy of the chosen physical object with metrology-grade accuracy.


Other smart features

Blue LED light source

Scanning with the AutoScan Inspec is performed by means of a structured light module with a blue LED projector, which greatly improves digitization results when using the scanner under normal light conditions.  It is capable of capturing the finest details relevant to quality inspection.


Ultra high resolution and detail

Images are captured by the 5.0MP dual camera providing higher resolution scans. The advanced 3-axis system allows inspecting small objects with complex curved surfaces at many different angles to obtain all necessary data.


Outstanding accuracy and speed

The device boasts an accuracy of up to 10 microns, with the maximum scanning area of 100 x 100 x 75 mm. To accelerate the process even more, a fast and stable USB 3.0 connection is used for data transfer.


Modular construction

The device’s open design helps to interact with it while scanning. The AutoScan Inspec has a durable and light weight of only 7.5 kg, which makes it easy to handle and transport.


User-friendly software

The proprietary Ultrascan solution is used to scan objects and preprocess their digital models with a number of convenient automated tools, as well as convert the data into the STL format and further export it to common CAD systems, such as Geomagic Control X, Design X, Zbrush and Polyworks. The program is fully compatible with Windows.


Applications and scan samples

The AutoScan Inspec can be successfully used in any industry requiring high resolution digitization with minimal effort.

To assess its scan quality, take a look at the following renders by Shining 3D presented on Sketchfab, which illustrate the impressive capabilities of the device.


Bottom line

The AutoScan Inspec has a plethora of undeniable advantages due to its automated simplicity combined with exemplary scanning performance. By applying this industrial device, the user gets metrology-grade accuracy coupled with streamlined workflow.


Does the AutoScan Inspec require calibration?
To ensure accurate and reliable scanning results, the AutoScan Inspec needs to be calibrated before the first use as well as when moved to a different location, or if the lighting or temperature conditions have changed significantly. You may also want to recalibrate the scanner if you experience any problems with alignment. The AutoScan Inspec comes with a calibration plate, and the process is pretty simple and takes just a few minutes. After installing the UltraScan software, click the Recalibrate button and perform the calibration following the prompts on the screen.
Do I need any additional software besides UltraScan?
The UltraScan 3D scanning software is used for scanning and post-processing. If you are going to use the AutoScan Inspec for inspection, you will need additional software to perform necessary measurements. The 3D scan data can be easily exported to CAD / CAM software, such as Geomagic Control X and Design X, ZBrush, Polyworks, and others.
Is the AutoScan Inspec suitable for digitizing jewelry?
The scanner is perfectly suitable for capturing small objects with complex surfaces, so it will become a good choice for scanning jewelry. For capturing metal objects with a shiny surface, you may want to use scanning spray to improve the accuracy and level of detail.
Anabelle Yearsdon
Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jun 30, 2022
About the expert
A linguist by profession and 3D enthusiast by passion. Spirited researcher of existing and new AM technologies, inquisitive tester of various devices, and a true connoisseur of creative ways. In addition to digital manufacturing, Ana enjoys learning new things, cooking for her loved ones, and chilling in video games.

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