Jan 13, 2015 | By Simon

As more designers, engineers and hobbyists start to become more comfortable with mastering 3D modeling and 3D printing, the next natural step in their evolution of becoming an expert 3D content creator would naturally come in the form of 3D scanning.

However while a majority of the 3D scanners on the market work reasonably well for most people, for those wanting more intricate details in their scans there are fewer options.  

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas last week, the EinScan-S desktop 3D scanner from SHINING 3D aims to offer the highest quality 3D scanning technology in an affordable and easy-to-use package for both professionals and hobbyists alike.  

The EinScan-S scanner, which uses industrial grade 3D scanning technology in a consumer-friendly package, is capable of scanning objects at extremely high resolutions that other consumer-friendly models including the MakerBot Digitizer is incapable of do due their less-capable laser scanning technologies.  

To scan at high resolutions, the EinScan-S utilizes structure light phase shifting technology, a technology used in the Microsoft Kinect and Made to Measure fashion retailing, among others.  The technology works by projecting a narrow band of light onto an object and producing a light of illumination that is used by a camera to reference the surface shape and exact geometric construction.  Some platforms that employ the use of the technology use multiple projections at once to speed up the process, although various combinations are commonly used.

Using the 3D scanning technology, the EinScan-S is capable of scanning an object that is placed on a rotating surface in just 3 minutes with reduced noise and sharp detail with accuracy down to .1mm.  

The two on-board scan modes on the EinScan-S include an automatic scan and a free scan.  While the automatic scan works best when used with small objects that are at rest on a rotating turntable, the free scan mode works with larger objects - so long as they stay within a 700 mm x 700 mm x 700 mm size - by rotating around the object with the scanner on a tripod mount.  Using the included software, the scan data can be cleaned up by merging multiple scans into a single scan.

Dinosaur by EinScan

After using either scan method, a file is ready to be 3D printed immediately using the STL printable data.  With a total weight of just 3.5 kg, the EinScan-S is also able to be easily carried for on-location 3D scans that may not necessarily be taking place at a home or office.  


  • Accuracy: ≤0.1mm
  • Single scan range: 215 mm *160mm
  • Max scan volume: Automatic scan:215 mm *215 mm *200mm; Free scan: 700 mm *1700 mm *700mm
  • Scan speed: Automatic scan:<3min; Free scan:<10s(single range)
  • Alignment method: Automatic align /Features align/manual align
  • Data format: STL,ASC
  • Resolution: 1.3 Megapixel
  • Light source: White light
  • Printing support: Yes
  • Scanner dimension: Folded:400*300*120mm; Extended:630*300*280mm
  • Scanner weight: 3.5kg
  • Power consumption: 50w
  • AC input: 100V~230V

The EinScan-S 3D scanner (including tripod) is priced at $899.

Posted in 3D Scanning


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Mark Lee wrote at 8/4/2015 10:36:59 PM:

Sorry, but $899 is far from affordable when considering the sub-$100 solutions out there.

Jeff Seidel. Admagnets@live.com wrote at 3/2/2015 10:42:33 PM:

What is the max build area?

Michael Balzer, All Things 3D wrote at 1/13/2015 9:24:45 PM:

I was really hoping to talk to them when I was at CES (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6I0QGqM_Fo). Looking forward to our interview in a couple of weeks. Mike Balzer All Things 3D.

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