Shining 3D EinScan SE 3D Scanner In-Depth Review

8.5Expert Score
Shining 3D EinScan SE

Shining 3D EinScan SE 3D scanner is comfortably able to create a simple but effective impression in the mind of users.

User Expectations
  • Available at an affordable price.
  • Produces good quality scans with an accuracy of 0.1 mm.
  • Scans in two different modes: 1) fixed and 2) auto.
  • Can also scan in color.
  • Is delivered in a compact package including all the accessories.
  • Difficult to scan in brightly lit areas.
  • Has high system requirements.
  • The problem in software activation and support.

SE is an upgraded version of the EINScan-S 3D Scanner produced by Shining 3D. It includes improvements such as newer design, better overall performance, faster scan speed as well as support for more file formats.

At a very affordable price, SE offers an impressive feature set. It boasts intriguing high-end capabilities like scanning with color and texture. Also, it shows high-end accuracy in the order of 0.1 mm which is unprecedented in the same price segment.

Shining 3D Einscan SE

Having stated so, let’s go into detail about the characteristics of EINScan-SE to find out whether it offers enough value for the money or not.


With SE, there are two scan modes:

  1. Fixed
  2. Automatic

While the former permits for much larger scan objects in the order of 700 mm * 700 mm * 700 mm directly from 200 mm * 200 mm * 200 mm offering sheer convenience.

The machine has pretty fast scan speeds when compared with other scanners in the same price range. Scanning of the mesh can be completed in not more than 8-10 seconds, whereas the texture and color do take time, around 30 seconds.

Below mentioned are some of the most notable features of the scanner.

Straightforward functionality

The functionality of SE starts by scanning a part of a functional prototype by projecting various sequences of light beams from the middle of the scan head onto the part.

The beam used here has a varying size and is portioned into stripes after each sequence. Also, two cameras are fixed on each side of the head to take pictures of each sequence.

While the software calculates the distance between light beams thereby projecting a point cloud on the basis of the distance between the stripes.

The color of the object to be scanned is detected by subjecting three complementary colors on it. Then, depending on the composition of the object’s color, certain wavelengths get reflected and detected by the camera.

Two-minute assembly

SE’s package comes with all the parts that users need for setting up the scanner. Each and every one of these parts are nicely packed together into a compact and transportable box.

Specifically, the turntable is linked to the scanner’s head, thereby plugging into a power socket. So that, you can connect it with the USB cable that is supplied to your PC to start the file exchange.

The complete process doesn’t take more than two minutes. But, the calibration of the scanner will still be a task. However, it too doesn’t consume much of your time and it depends on the type of PC you are using.

Effortless software

EinScan software is a huge part of the reason why Scan-SE manages to impress all its users. It has an easy-to-use interface that lets you navigate with a breeze.

The application is exceptionally stable and all users would need is a good processor for calculating the meshes rapidly. On average, it takes approximately 15 minutes with an Intel i7-4829K and 3.70 GHz for finishing a mesh that includes 2.000.000 triangles for export.

Also, it takes 30 seconds to switch between different menus offered by the software. Experts recommend using 12GB RAM when processing objects on a larger scale. But overall, the interface is intuitive and offers informative explanation boxes for helping you guide through the entire scanning process.

Even if you are a beginner in the field and do have much exposure to the technicality of it, you’ll be able to grasp the software in minutes.

The software has options of filling holes, smoothing and sharpening, also readjusting the data coordinates in the post-processing process for providing more perfect 3D data for subsequent applications.

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Shining 3D EinScan SE softwareCredit: einscan

EINScan-SE has a single shot accuracy that keeps on varying according to the part, either less than or equivalent to 0.1 mm.

The minimum scan volume that can be processed on SE is 30 mm * 30 mm * 30 mm, whereas the maximum scan volume is 200 mm * 200 mm * 200 mm in Auto scan mode, and 700 mm * 700 mm * 700 mm in fixed scan mode.

SE has a single capture range of 200 mm * 150 mm at a scan speed of fewer than 8 seconds. The point distance varies from 0.17 mm to 0.2 mm.

The scanner is equipped with a camera with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels. A white light source assists users in the scanning of various parts and functional prototypes. The standoff distance ranges from 290 mm to 480 mm.


To know the exact price of EINScan-SE you’d have to ask for a quote from the manufacturer.

First Impression

Shining 3D EinScan SE impressionCredit: einscan

The box in which the scanner is delivered to you doesn’t consume a lot of space and is easily transportable from one place to the other without any damage. It contains:

  • An EINScan-SE scanner
  • A turntable
  • A calibration board
  • A stand that connects the turntable with the scanner’s head
  • A USB connection
  • Head plugs
  • Power socket


Shining 3D EinScan SECredit: einscan

To start with the scanning process, you must download and install the files available by choosing the Support function on the scanner manufacturer’s website.

Doing so would activate the software on your operating system. After which, all you need to do is follow seven steps for calibrating the scanner.

  1. Clicking the ‘calibrate’ button present at the bottom of the interface.
  2. Placing the calibration board and its support in a specific manner.
  3. Adjusting the distance between the scanner’s head and the board.
  4. Clicking on ‘snap’ and waiting for the first calibration sequence to end.
  5. Only when the turntable stops to turn, remove the board, rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise, and place it on a shown position without removing the support.
  6. Then go through another calibration sequence and rotate again when needed.
  7. After completing three sequences, the software will calculate and save the data, all of which might take some time. And in case the calibration was successful, you’ll get to know so as the interface would be closed and you’d be directed to scanning.

Scan Quality

Shining 3D EinScan SE print qualityCredit: einscan

Every scan on SE generates high-quality data that reconstructs the real geometry of the object with fine details. The final results of scanning a lid for the compost bin, and carved parts are very impressive.

With the dual scan modes, it’s easy to operate SE as well as capture the most amount of data for preparing the finest 3D model of the part or functional prototype.


Shining 3D EinScan SE scan typeCredit: einscan

EinScan software is a free proprietary software solution for Windows as well as MacOS users. The application doesn’t utilize much of your space and features a clean and minimalistic user interface.

Its main highlight is its simplicity which satisfies even the beginner-level operators. The program has a highly intuitive user interface that understands the user’s next need and displays the options accordingly.

EinScan also grants a good amount of control over the quality and duration of the scan. All the results can be aligned either automatically, or manually after the processing. Moreover, the post-processing options are not only comprehensive but also easy to use.

Customer Support

The online Support section of EINScan SE is divided into three categories:

  1. Quick Guide
  2. Software Download
  3. Troubleshooting

The technical team of the scanner manufacturer can be contacted by clicking on the third category, whereas the first two allow you to download files that are useful to the user while doing the setup or software download.

Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

Below mentioned are the summary points of the complete article.

3D Scanner Cost: Scan-SE is a very budget-friendly scanner taking into consideration the amazing features it offers to the users.

3D Scanner Speed: The scanner has impressive scan speeds because of which operators can capture data related to object in hours, which might have taken much more time if done on other scanners.

3D Scan Quality: Extremely small details about the object are captured even when complicated geometries are scanned using the machine.

3D Scanner Capability: Scan-SE allows users to scan objects in two different modes. Models of varying sizes can be scanned using these modes.

3D Scanner Practicality: The scanner finds its application in various fields ranging from Education, Design, and Art, Digital Industry as well as Archiving and Sharing.

3D Scanner User Expectations: SE is a powerful tool for Educators and individuals in the field of 3D scanning.

The Verdict

The scanner is comfortably able to create a simple but effective impression in the mind of users. This it does by offering decent features like safety when in use, compatibility with other 3D printers, ease of operation, particular post-processing functions, and a lot more.

Although it has its own set of limitations, they do not outdo the advantages that SE manages to cater to.

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