3D printers allow everyone from manufacturers to hobbyists to design and create three-dimensional objects by printing using special filaments. However, most of the time, you’re limited to either downloading an existing 3D model of the thing you want to print, or coding your own.
Thankfully, 3D scanning technology allows you to scan whatever you want, and then replicate it through a 3D printer. Until now, 3D scanning has been pretty cumbersome and expensive.
One company is set to change all that.
The Shining 3D Scanner
No, it’s not Jack Nicholson cutting his way through a door with an axe, but it’s almost as exciting. The new 3D scanner from SHINING 3D promises to make the scanning process faster, easier and, best of all, cheaper.
Dubbed the EinScan-S, the scanner debuted at CES 2015 and is set to hit the market in a short time. It offers a lot of benefits for 3D printers.
One of the benefits here is the fact that the scanner comes with industrial-grade 3D scanning technology, something that hasn’t really been widely available in the consumer-facing industry. It’s capable of creating extremely detailed scans, and then translating those into plans for printing.
It easily surpasses the MakerBot Digitizer (the leading competitor on the market currently).
The secret of the scanner’s success is its use of light-phase shifting technology, which you’ll find underpinning the performance of Microsoft’s Kinect. A narrow band of light is projected onto an object to create an illuminating field for the camera.
The camera is then able to accurately capture all the planes and angles of the object being scanned. With a rotating scan, the EinScan-S is capable of capturing details up to 0.1 mm.
Users will find that the scanner offers two function modes. The automatic scan is an ideal option for smaller objects, and the scanner will put itself through its paces on its own.
The free scan mode is better for larger objects, up to 700 x 700 x 700 mm. For this mode, the scanner mounts on a tripod and rotates around the object.
Once the scan is finished (either automatic or free), the data is transformed into a file for your 3D printer. It’s that simple.
The company also designed the scanner to be portable, and it weighs in at just 3.5 kg.
- Resolution: 1.3 megapixels
- Scan speed: under three minutes for automatic scan, under 10 seconds for single range free scan
- Size: 630 x 300 x 280 mm extended/400 x 300 x 120 mm folded
- Accuracy: under 0.1 mm
- Max scan volume: Automatic: 215 x 215 x 200 mm Free scan: 700 x 1700 x 700 mm
Ready to get your hands on this new scanner? It’s available for purchase currently, and will set you back about $899.
While that’s certainly a chunk of change, it’s cheaper than other models on the market, and provides industry-leading accuracy and ease of use, making this investment a no-brainer.