Shining 3D appeared on the Russian market just two years ago, but in that time it has already managed to establish itself as a manufacturer of first-class equipment for 3D printing and scanning. The products it offers combine high quality manufacturing, extensive capabilities, and an affordable price.
In April this year the company introduced the new generation of EinScan-SE (https://top3dshop.com/blog/shining-3d-einscan-se-3d-scanner-review) low cost scanners, and now, just two months later, they are in Russia. A test sample appeared in our office as well, so we are in a hurry to acquaint our readers with it, demonstrating the way the end user receives it.
- Camera resolution: 1.3 MP;
- Number of cameras: 2;
- Light source: white light;
- Scanning mode: fixed, automatic;
- Minimum scanning area: 30x30x30 mm;
- Maximum scanning area (automatic mode): 200x200x200 mm;
- Maximum scanning area (fixed mode): 700x700x700 mm;
Speed of 3D scanning (fixed mode): 8 seconds;
- Speed of 3D scanning (automatic mode): 2 minutes;
- Distance to the object: 290-480 mm;
- Accuracy of scanning: 0.1 mm;
- Data format: OBJ, STL, ASC, PLY;
- Compatible with OS: Win7, Win8, Win10 (64 bit);
- Dimensions: 570 x 210 x 210 mm;
- Weight: 2,5 kg;
- Warranty: 1 year.
Supplied in a white cardboard box with the dimensions: 570x210x210 mm and weighs about five pounds, equipped with a convenient carrying handle. The device itself weighs only 2.5 kg.
We open the box and see a thick foam pouch. In separate slots there are accessories, and in the upper part there are: calibration fields, instruction, power supply unit and various small things.
The bottom tray contains: the scanning unit, the mounting bracket and the turntable. The packaging is well thought-out and reliably protects the contents from accidental damage.
The most important part of the device is the scanner unit. It is equipped with two cameras and a projector.
The scanning turntable is of high quality. Nothing squeaks. All parts fit together perfectly.
The calibration field for the initial setup of the scanner. The instruction manual provides detailed information about how to use it.
This is the base for the rest of the scanner.
The USB cable is used to connect the main parts of the scanner.
In order to assemble the scanner in its working position, all you need to do is read the instructions. The whole process is shown step by step with illustrations. Everything is clear and simple, just as in the IKEA furniture manuals.
The main ideology of the Shining 3D company is to create universal equipment accessible to everyone, even to those without any special experience in 3D scanning. Assembly and setup of the EinScan-SE is as easy as possible.
Calibration is no problem either. All you have to do is follow the instructions.
The scanning process is fully automated, so even a novice can cope with it.
All the parts are on the table. What’s next?
Putting the turntable on the base.
Fix the scanning unit.
Connect the wires.
That’s it! Your scanner is ready to use. What features does the EinScan-SE offer?
The manufacturer promises the full scanning of an object placed on the table in only 8 seconds. And the scanner is accurate to 0.1mm. This is a very decent result, comparable with devices of a higher class.
Naturally, it is worth bearing in mind that the stated time for performing the task is only relevant if the requirements for the computer to which the scanner is connected are met.
They are quite average by today’s standards:
A video card with at least 1 GB of memory.
An Intel i5 processor or more powerful.
8 GB or more of RAM.
One USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.
Objects with dimensions from 3 to 20 cm and weight up to 5 kg can be scanned on the turntable. For larger objects there is a static mode allowing to work with dimensions up to 700x700x700 mm.
The software saves scanned models in the most common formats: OBJ, STL, ASC, PLY.
Download the software from the official Einscan website
Examples can be found on the Sketchfab website, which contains not only pictures, but also STL models.
Impressions of use
The new generation of scanners is built at the same high level as the previous EinScan-S and EinScan-Pro scanners. The speed has increased significantly and the price of the device has risen only slightly.
Most importantly, the manufacturer continues to promote the idea of 3D scanning accessible to everyone. All basic operations with the equipment are automated and the process takes place “in one click”.
Thus, 3D scanning, which was formerly the exclusive prerogative of large companies, is coming into the lives of ordinary people. The active cost reduction is not the least of these efforts.