Shining 3D Transcan C 3D Scanner Overview

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jun 30, 2022 2245

To date, Shining 3D has released a vast variety of top-quality 3D scanning equipment. One of the latest additions to their professional lineup is a new desktop 3D scanner called Transcan C. The device features a broad range of advanced functions, great performance, and stylish design. Read on to learn more about its specs and highlights.

Pros and cons
  • Adjustable scanning range for small to medium objects
  • 3 resolution levels which can be combined in a single project
  • 24-bit color map capturing
  • High scanning accuracy
  • 0.0375 mm minimum point distance
  • Tripod and turntable are included
  • Fully automatic scanning with a turntable
  • Not compatible with macOS and Linux




First look

The Transcan C is based on the white structured light technology that delivers exceptionally high resolution and accurate scanning of small to medium-sized objects with rich texture and a full color map.

An array of smart features make the Transcan C a powerful everyday tool for digitizing various objects in such areas as development and manufacturing, scientific research, art, heritage preservation and museum business.

Let’s look at the Transcan C in terms of its technical characteristics and functionality.



Shining 3D Transcan C 3D Scanner
Dimensions Host module — 332 x 110 x 142 mm; Tripod components — 475 x 120 x 120 mm; Turntable module — 320 x 320 x 68 mm
Price $4,899.00



Powered by two professional-grade 12MP color cameras, the Transcan C can capture 24-bit color and deliver highly accurate 3D models with detailed textures.

Due to the design peculiarities, it is possible to adjust the distance between the cameras on the fly. With this feature, you can set the size of the scanning area from 150 x 96 to 300 x 190 mm depending on the type and dimensions of the scanned object.

The compact yet powerful device can yield an accuracy of 35–50 microns, depending on the distance between the cameras, with a minimum point distance of 37.5 microns.


Other smart features

Multi-Resolution mode

The dedicated software supplied with the Transcan C allows you to seamlessly switch between three levels of resolution in a single scanning project. The Multi-Resolution mode significantly enhances process efficiency and eliminates task overlapping.


Effective add-ons

The Transcan C comes bundled with a tripod and turntable, which introduce full-automation features into the scanning workflow. Combined with the alignment algorithms of the scanner’s software, this can significantly speed up routine digitizing processes and bring the user’s input down to zero.

Moreover, you can easily adjust the scanning speed when using the turntable. For example, a full round with 8 shots will take less than 70 seconds. The scanning distance depends on the selected range and can be set at 260 or 480 mm.


Intuitive software

The Transcan C is powered by the dedicated EXScan C software developed by Shining 3D. It serves as the default interface for configuring and calibrating the scanner, engaging operation modes and post-processing, as well as converting the data obtained into the common file formats, such as OBJ, STL, PLY, ASC, and 3MF.


Applications and scan samples

To find out what the Transcan C is capable of, check out the following renders.

This accurate tyrannosaurus skull, for example, looks quite impressive considering its complex geometry.

Speaking of the color capture, the device shows gorgeous outcomes, which are vividly reflected in the render below. As you can see, the high color fidelity is one of the main advantages of using the Transcan C. 


Bottom line

While being an ergonomic and user-friendly solution, the Transcan C provides a number of professional benefits to its user, such as fine accuracy, multiple resolution options, outstanding color fidelity, and handy add-ons further simplifying the scanning process.


What are system requirements for the Transcan C?
The minimum PC configuration for scanning with the Transcan C is as follows:
OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
CPU: Intel i7-8700
RAM: 32 GB
Video memory: 8 GB
USB 3.0
How often should I calibrate the scanner?
Your Transcan C 3D scanner requires calibration in the following situations:
— the scanner is used for the first time or after it has not been in use for a long time;
— after transportation;
— the scanner frequently fails to align the data;
— you see a decrease in scan quality.
How do I know the right distance between the scanner and the object?
Make sure that the black projector cross is in the center of the red rectangle of the camera. You can check this in the preview window on your computer screen.
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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