Similar to the increasing affordability that has revolutionized the desktop 3D printer market, 3D scanning technology is undergoing a fresh transformation as these devices become easier to use, less expensive, and most importantly, more capable of capturing high-quality 3D images.
One of the pioneers responsible for the ongoing innovation in the field of 3D scanning technology is Shining 3D. Founded in 2004, the 3D scanner manufacturer has become a tour de force on the global high-tech market, expanding outward from its roots in China and gaining a hefty presence in both North America and Europe.
Following in the footsteps of Shining 3D’s professional-grade 3D scanning product line, which includes the EinScan Pro and EinScan Pro+, the company has just released two new models: the EinScan Pro 2X and EinScan Pro2X Plus. First revealed at formnext 2018 in Frankfurt, Shining 3D is praising its latest batch of products as the next-generation of multifunctional handheld 3D scanners.
“Based on the feedback received from thousands of users and the valuable input of SHINING 3D’s own R&D team, the EinScan Pro 2X & 2X Plus deliver substantial improvements on scan speed, accuracy and function. Making a dramatic breakthrough in scanning speed and data quality, the EinScan Pro 2X series is aimed to improve the efficiency in generating high-quality 3D models,” said Oscar Meza, VP of Global Sales at SHINING 3D.
Both the EinScan Pro2X and EinScan Pro 2X Plus come packaged with ExScan Pro, a new software program by Shining 3D that is intended to greatly simplify the 3D scanning process. Furthermore, Shining 3D is also offering a full-fledged production ecosystem that includes Solid Edge SHINING 3D Edition and the manufacturer’s extensive line of 3D printers. All in all, the company is aiming to provide customers with a comprehensive workflow that is comprised of 3D scanning, design and simulation, and 3D printing.
In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at the EinScan Pro 2X Plus, the base model of Shining 3D’s newest handheld 3D scanning system. Priced around $8,537, this high-end 3D scanner is made for professional use, particularly for applications such as research, design art and heritage, engineering, and healthcare.
Let’s review the features, specs, and where you can buy this 3D scanner.
Before we explore how the Shining 3D Einscan Pro 2X Plus differs from the basic Pro 2X model, let’s go over the features that this professional 3D scanning system has to offer.
Similar to the other handheld 3D scanners designed by Shining 3D, the EinScan Pro 2X Plus is both lightweight and compact in size, making it portable and extremely versatile. Weighing in at just over 1kg, you can take this 3D scanner just about anywhere, stretching the boundaries of what you can capture far beyond what a stationary system can offer.
This system is ideal for scanning small-to-medium sized objects, and it does so at an incredibly high speed without sacrificing quality. The EinScan Pro 2X Plus offers four different 3D scanning modes: Handheld Rapid Scan Mode, Handheld HD Scan, and Fixed Scan Mode (both with or without a turntable). It also supports a range of alignment modes, including feature alignment, markers alignment, turntable coded targets alignment, and manual alignment.
With Handheld Rapid Scan Mode, the EinScan Pro 2X Plus is capable of processing up to 1,500,000 points per second (30 fps). While Handheld HD Scan Mode is a bit slower with processing, it does offer an impeccable scanning accuracy of up to 0.05 mm. For both of these modes, the volumetric accuracy can be improved by utilizing markers on the objects you plan to scan.
When in Fixed Scan Mode, which is the mode used when the scanner is stationary, the accuracy can reach up to 0.04mm.
Another aspect that places the EinScan Pro 2X Plus a notch above other handheld 3D scanners is the fine details that it captures. When using Handheld Rapid Scan and Handheld HD Scan modes, the minimum point distance is up to 0.2mm, which helps to generate high-resolution 3D data.
The EinScan Pro 2X Plus has a modular design and a number of optional packs that can be added to enhance the 3D scanning experience. The Color Pack makes it possible to capture full-color textures alongside the object’s geometry. If you want to use a turntable and tripod to help automate the scanning process, you can do so by adding the Industrial Pack.
Lastly, with HD Prime Pack, you can accelerate the scan speed by 30% and capture richer details. This add-on is ideal for applications like cultural heritage preservation, archiving, and restoration. Like the EinScan Pro model before it, Shining 3D has engineered the EinScan Pro 2X Plus to be modifiable depending on each user’s needs.
Compared to the original EinScan Pro 2X, the 2X Plus model offers better specs in certain areas, including quicker scanning speeds and improved accuracy.
The upgraded version provides a faster scanning speed for both Handheld HD Mode (1,100,000 points/s) and Fixed Scan (Single Scan < 0.5s). The EinScan Pro 2X Plus also has a higher single scan range, point distance, and working distance, making it slightly more versatile than the basic 2X model. According to the spec sheet, the scanning accuracy remains the same between the two 3D scanners, as does the volumetric accuracy and depth of field.
We reached out to Shining 3D to gain a better understanding of the advantages that the Pro 2X Plus offers over the basic model. We were told that the increased depth of field improves the scanning speed and overall usability of the device. The EinScan Pro 2X Plus is also compatible with the HD Prime Pack, which can not be used with the Pro 2X.
Perhaps even more important than the new 3D scanner is the software behind it all. Shining 3D has developed ExScan Pro, 3D scanning software that aims to make the process as simple as taking a video. It offers a brand-new and highly intuitive user interface and workflow.
One of the paramount facets found in ExScan Pro is Operation Mode, a function that enables users to increase the speed of the scanning process during operation and set the resolution after that fact. It’s also compatible with a wide array of file formats, capable of outputting STL, OBJ, PLY, ASC, and P3.
Outside of the scanning software, Shining 3D has also collaborated with Siemens PLM Software to develop a the Solid Edge SHINING 3D Edition software. This state-of-the-art software is equipped with some incredible design tools, including reverse engineering, generative design, convergent modeling, synchronous modeling, and simulation, fused with a versatile CAD tool all in one single platform.
As Shining 3D explains, the purpose of this design software is to complete the company’s extensive ecosystem, which currently entails 3D scanning, design and simulation, and additive manufacturing. The EinScan Pro 2X and Pro 2X Plus play an integral part in this ecosystem, making professional 3D scanning much more accessible and easy to use for beginners, while also improving the image quality and overall workflow for advanced users.
Depending on which mode is being used on the Shining 3D Einscan Pro 2X Plus, the capabilities of the 3D scanning system will differ significantly. Here’s a roundup of the technical specifications:
You can request a quote for the EinScan Pro 2X Plus below.
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