One of the most powerful design and file inputs for 3D printing is derived from 3D scanners.

3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. 3D laser scanners create sets of data points on the surface of an object – sometimes referred to as “point clouds”. The scanner’s probe projects a line of laser light onto the surface while two sensor cameras continuously record the changing distance and shape of the laser line in three dimensions (XYZ) as it sweeps along the object. The shape of the object is represented as millions of points on the computer monitor as the laser moves around capturing the entire surface shape of the object. The process is very fast, gathering up to 750,000 points per second and very precise (to ±.0005″).

In this way, 3D scanners are able to capture the exact size, shape and sometimes texture of physical objects and convert them into digital 3-dimensional representations. In particular, the ability of a 3D scanner to capture organic shapes and difficult-to-draw objects in minutes has proven to be an invaluable tool for businesses and professionals alike.

The digital files can generally be saved as either CAD files to allow for modification, or STL files to allow for 3D printing.

Some of the uses of 3D scanning technology includes:

Reverse Engineering and Prototyping


Storage and Data Transmission



The Einscan family of 3D scanners is the most comprehensive and accessible line of affordable 3D scanners currently available. These award winning scanners range in price and features to fit any budget, and are supported by a highly user-friendly software package. From the affordable ‘white light’ Einscan SE designed to introduce users to scanning to the newly released Freescan UE7 and UE11, Shining 3D has the answer to your 3D scanning needs.

Freescan UE (click to view)

Einscan HX (click to view)

Einscan 2X Plus (click to view)

Einscan SE (click to view)



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The Einscan FreeScan UE7 and UE11 are Shining’s premium metrology scanner featuring a high precision blue light laser that allows users to scan reflective surfaces . It’s ergonomic and lightweight equipment design, make it easier to hold and operate, providing metrology-grade, high-precision inspection solutions for the automotive, transportation, aerospace industry, moulding inspection, energy generation, machinery manufacturing and etc.

The FreeScan offers:

Based on years of 3D measurement experience and market demand, SHINING 3D innovatively integrates blue LED light and blue laser into EinScan HX handheld 3D scanner. The hybrid laser and LED light sources make EinScan HX compatible with a wider range of object sizes, meeting multiple needs of users. High efficiency and reliable result give EinScan HX more application possibilities.

Scan ModeRapid ScanLaser Scan
Scan AccuracyUp to 0.05Up to 0.04
Volumetric Accuracy0.05+0.1mm/m0.04+0.06mm/m
Scan Speed1,200,000 points/s
480,000 points/s
Camera Frame Rate55fps55fps
Align ModeFeature alignment, markers alignment, texture alignment, hybrid alignmentMarkers alignment
Working Distance470mm470mm
Depth of Field200 - 700mm350 - 610mm
Max FOV420 * 440mm380 * 400mm
Point Distance0.25 - 3mm0.05 - 3mm
Light SourceBlue LED7 blue laser crosses
SafetyEye-safeClass I (eye-safe)
Built-in Color CameraYes
Texture ScanYesNo
Connection StandardUSB 3.0
Output FormatsOBJ, STL, ASC, PLY, P3, 3MF
Dimensions108 x 110 x 237mm
CertificationsCE, FCC, ROHS, WEEE, KC
Recommended ConfigurationOS: Windows 10, 64-bit
Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX1080 (or equivalent)
Video memory: 4GB
Processor: i7-8700 (or equivalent)
Memory: 32GB

The Professional 3D Digitizing Solution

Product IDShining 3D Einscan Pro 2X Plus
Product NumberACC1020
Scan modesHandheld HD Scan, Handheld Rapid Scan, Fixed Scan with turntable, Fixed Scan without turntable
Handheld HD Scan accuracyUp to 0.05mm
Handheld Rapid Scan accuracyUp to 0.1mm
Fixed Scan accuracy0.04mm (single shot accuracy)
Volumetric accuracy0.3mm/m (markers alignment)
Handheld HD Scan speed20fps; 100,000 points/second
Handheld Rapid Scan speed30fps; 1,500,000 points/second
Fixed Scan speedSingle scan < 1 second
Handheld HD Scan point distance0.2mm - 2mm
Handheld Rapid Scan point distance0.2mm - 2mm
Fixed Scan point distance0.16mm
Enlarged scan range312 x 204mm
Depth of field ±100mm
Working distance400mm
Light sourceLED
Handheld HD Scan align modeMarkers alignment
Handheld Rapid Scan align modeMarkers alignment, feature alignment, hybrid alignment
Fixed Scan (with turntable) align modeTurntable coded targets, feature, markers, manual alignment
Fixed Scan (without turntable) align modeMarkers, feature, manual alignment
Handheld HD Scan texture scanNo
Handheld Rapid Scan texture scanNo
Fixed Scan texture scanYes (with color pack addon)
Outdoor operationYes, with shelter; avoid direct sunlight
Object formatOBJ, STL, ASC, PLY, 3MF, P3

A powerful companion for educators and individuals

Product IDShining 3D Einscan SE
Product NumberACC1006
Scan ModesFixed Scan with turntable
Scanning Accuracy0.1mm (single shot accuracy)
Volumetric Accuracy0.3mm/m (markers alignment)
Scan speed<8 seconds single scan time
<2 minute single lap time
550,000 points/second
Max Scan Size700 x 700 x 700mm
Single Scan Range300 x 170mm
Depth of Field±100mm
Working Distance400mm
Light SourceLED
Align ModeTurntable coded targets, feature alignment, manual aligment
Outdoor OperationYes, with shelter; avoid direct sunlight
Object FormatOBJ, STL, ASC, PLY, 3MF, P3