3D scanning is an important part of the world of 3D technologies. Digitizing the objects in a fast and uncomplicated manner is a priority for many, as it allows both the professionals and enthusiasts to have more opportunities and flexibility. The applications are seemingly endless: from replacing simple parts by utilizing both 3D scanning and 3D printing, to reverse engineering of complex pieces of technology. It can also be used for digitizing artworks and recreating car crashes: various fields have been implementing the technology with great success.
Historically, 3D scanning used to be expensive, limited to experienced professionals and commercial users, but things are changing now.
This article will cover the latest 3D scanner by a successful Chinese manufacturer Shining 3D — the EinScan Pro HD. The device isn’t the cheapest device from this company but it’s aimed at professionals and is significantly less expensive than American and European counterparts while providing the same level of quality.
Shining 3D is a 3D printer and scanner manufacturer that has been present on the market for more than a decade. Their own ecosystem consists of equipment, materials, and cloud services that have been in active development since 2004. The company was on the first 3D technological brands worldwide who could offer the solutions and integration of this level. The majority of their products are aimed at the professionals but they have extended their reach and some of the devices that are geared towards the enthusiasts have been added to their product line in 2020.
The main advantage of using Shining 3D products is a lower price compared to western solutions, as well as great functionality and useful features.
These days, Shining 3D are solidifying their position in the global market. Their experts are working on various projects in medical, art, and engineering fields, teaming up with leading European and American companies. The company’s offices in Stuttgart, Germany, San Francisco, and California are open for close collaboration with foreign partners.
The EInScan Pro HD is a new device that was announced in the summer of 2020. The exterior is similar to the older models in the EinScan Pro series, thanks to its ergonomic and high-quality design. The models of this line can be used with a dedicated tripod. So if a user has one from an older version, it can use it with the EinScan Pro Hd.
The device (together with a USB cable) weighs 1.13 kg. It can be operated with only one hand. A dedicated tripod as well as a proprietary turntable can be optionally used. The latter comes in handy for digitizing small objects.
This professional 3D scanner offers high accuracy of scanning in both of its modes of operation: up to 0.045+0.3mm/m.in a Handheld mode and up to 0.04 mm
in Fixed Scan Mode. A Handheld mode has two submodes: Rapid and HD, with the latter providing a higher level of detail. The maximum possible scanning speed of this scanner is 3 million points per second. Even if you look away from the spec sheet, you can notice that the device works extremely fast in real-life scenarios. As an example, a low-relief sculpture sized 220 x 71 cm can be fully digitized in color in less than a minute.
The Shining EinScan Pro HD can be used for scanning various kinds of objects: the most obvious type would be the objects with decently sized volumes. The quality of the optical system and software of this scanner will allow you to work with dark matte surfaces. However, in order to successfully scan glossy or transparent surfaces, you will need to use dark spray. The EinScan Pro HD can be used outdoors but the object that needs to be digitized will need to be protected from direct sunlight. Scanning human bodies is also possible with this device, it provides decent quality. Last but not least, the device can scan color, including even textured images. This ability is available as a paid option called Color Pack.
For many potential buyers (if not for the majority) the affordability of the Shining EinScan Pro HD would be its greatest advantage. The technical specifications and convenience of this device are on par with the American and European offers, but the price is several times lower. Even with all of the possible options, modules, and additional equipment included, as well as the accessories, the device still comes cheaper.
The Shining EinScan Pro HD comes fully assembled. Apart from the device itself, the packaging includes a power cable, calibration board, turntable, markers, and a USB flash drive with software installed.
Technically, the handheld 3D scanner Shining EinScan Pro HD can be used ‘out of the box’. Before using the device for the first time, the logical thing to do would be to calibrate it. This is also recommended if it suddenly stopped working. The process is easy and can be done even by inexperienced users.
The proprietary software called EXScan Pro is used for calibration. The first thing to do would be to choose a calibration mode. The calibration board must first be placed on a horizontal surface and then scanned. After that, it should be scanned in two different positions on a turntable. For color calibration, the board is supposed to be placed upside down until the EinScan Pro HD gets the white balance correctly.
Two programs can be used to unravel the whole potential of the Shining EinScan Pro HD: EXScan Pro is used for calibration and scanning of objects. The second program is called Solid Edge SHINING 3D and is a modified piece of software originally developed by Siemens. It allows the user to convert the models into CAD files to edit them and prepare for printing.
Below is a snapshot of the EXScan Pro interface.
The printer prioritizes monochrome scanning. For working with the objects that have colored surfaces, one should consider installing a Color Pack module. There’s also an Industrial Pack option available, which includes a tripod and a special turntable. Proprietary markers can be bought separately for scanning big objects with low-contrast surfaces.
The Shining EinScan Pro HD was announced in June of 2020, so there’s not enough information about the practical application of this device at the time of writing. But there’s some data about test projects that were done by Shining 3D. These scanning results were uploaded by the manufacturer on their official page on Sketchfab.com
Shining EinScan Pro HD is a professional handheld 3D scanner that manages to combine together a modern set of features, highly accurate technology, and an affordable price. The device is convenient, covers all the standard requirements for professionals working in various commercial fields. The software that comes with the scanner is highly functional and effective, developed specifically for demanding tasks. It streamlines the scanning process and allows the users to work with the CAD models afterwards.
The professionals will also enjoy the high speed of scanning and well-designed ergonomics of the device. Scanning large objects with textured surfaces in a few minutes — this is exactly something one would expect from a professional scanner in 2020.