Shining 3D FreeScan UE 3D Scanner Review

Hi everyone! This is Top 3D Shop, and the product we are going to review today is a new high-precision handheld 3D scanner by Shining 3D — the FreeScan UE. The device is available in two versions: the UE7 and the UE11, with a difference in the light source performance and scanning speed. Read on to learn more.

 

First look

The Shining 3D FreeScan UE is the latest addition to the FreeScan lineup of high-performance 3D scanners. The device uses the proprietary blue laser technology and features high accuracy and stable repeatability.

Sunny Wong, a product manager at Shining 3D, states, “Innovatively adapting blue laser 3D scanning technology, convincing with high accuracy and stable repeatability capabilities, rounded off by easy and convenient hardware and software handling, the FreeScan UE will empower professionals across industries to effectively and precisely upgrade their digital workflows in engineering and inspection tasks.”

 

Specifications

Below are the tech specs of both the UE7 and UE11 models.

 

FreeScan UE7

FreeScan UE11

Scanning accuracy

Up to 0.02 mm

Up to 0.02 mm

Volumetric accuracy

0.02 mm + 0.04 mm/m

0.02 mm + 0.04 mm/m

Scanning speed

650,000 points/sec

1,020,000 points/sec

Stand-off distance

500 mm

500 mm

Depth of field

300–700 mm

300–700 mm

Max. scan area

510 x 520 mm

510 x 520 mm

Point distance

0.05–3 mm

0.05–3 mm

Light source

14 lines + 1 blue laser

22 lines + 1 blue laser

Connectivity

USB

USB

Weight

670 g

670 g

Outer dimensions

298 х 90 х 74.5 mm

298 х 90 х 74.5 mm

 

Unpacking

 

Smart features

Source: Shining 3D

The FreeScan UE metrology-grade system provides a precision of up to 0.02 mm and a volumetric accuracy of 0.02 mm + 0.04 mm/m. The base UE7 model scans with 14 laser lines while the upgraded UE11 version boasts 22 lines. Thanks to a maximum scan area of ​​510 x 520 mm, users are provided with a field of view suitable for large-scale reverse engineering projects.

Weighing only 670 g, the device was designed to be ergonomic and lightweight. When working on large-scale projects, scanning operators have to be on their feet for long periods of time, so comfort is of utmost importance to prevent fatigue. Besides, the FreeScan UE can capture black and reflective surfaces, which opens up even more opportunities for scanning regardless of environmental conditions.

 

Software

The scanner runs on the user-friendly proprietary operating system. The software package comes with detailed setup instructions and guidance for the entire scanning process, making it suitable for both novice and advanced users. To increase efficiency, scan data can be exported with a single click to third-party software such as Geomagic Control X, Verisurf Inspect, and Einsense Q.

 

Applications

Source: Shining 3D

Designed for dynamic use at workshops, the FreeScan UE is perfect for sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy, and industrial equipment manufacturing. The device will find applications in a variety of fields — from quality control to reverse engineering.

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