In an industry swimming with promising startups and a wide range of products bearing new bells and whistles that seem to appear on the market daily from relative unknowns, China’s Shining 3D stands apart as one of the oldest and stalwart, a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D scanners.
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Hangzhou, the Chinese digitizing and 3D printing hardware company has been catering to the manufacturing, biomedical, and educational sectors for over a decade now. We’ve continued to watch them take on new projects and make breakthroughs recently though from international fashion contests to working on headquarters in the US to donating 3D scanners and printers to Iraq for the preservation of ancient artifacts.
The Einscan 3D has been the major focus in their endeavors around the world over the past couple of years, and we watched last year at CES 2015 as Shining 3D unveiled the EinScan-S with two scanning modes–and this year as they once again released a new scanner with the EinScan Pro, doubling the number of scanning modes.
Now, lucky for Japan, Shining 3D is opening an office in Ebisu with KS Design Lab, with whom they are formally announcing a partnership at a press conference in Tokyo to be held on January 26th–where the EinScan Pro handheld scanner will also be a major highlight. This looks to be a perfect pairing of companies as KS Design Lab too is dedicated to creating new 3D technology and finding ways to make it accessible to everyone, with the mission of ‘changing the world in analog and digital fusion.’
“We offer our customers great 3D digital technology in making a product [for] art, medical, entertainment and cultural property conservation,” states the KS Design team, serving as one of the largest and most professional 3D printing industry platforms in Japan.
This new partner will be responsible for distributing Shining 3D’s EinScan-S, along with their latest big seller, the EinScan Pro, which offers:
- Handheld rapid scan
- Handheld HD scan
- Automatic scan
- Free scan, which is an option for customization, fitting to the scanned object with different accuracy and size, with portability and precision. This is an important feature as it offers such latitude and versatility to the user for scanning industrial components, works of art such as woodcarvings or sculptures that have intricate details–and even the human body!
Users in Japan will be able to look forward to purchasing this new scanner that offers the best of all worlds as a combination of the industrial, handheld, and desktop scanner. It offers professional quality while being offered at an ‘entry-level price.’
While the partnership should be a great duo for offering new 3D technology and providing accessibility to those in Japan, the two scanners offer a great duo of choices as well, with the EinScan-S receiving high accolades, as we reported just recently, and was even chosen as one of the top ten ‘best value’ 3D scanners in 2015, with many other recommendations by students, teachers, makers, designers, and others.
This marks the first time that KS Design has worked with a Chinese company, and is also momentous as Shining 3D is the first 3D technology company to make their way into the Japanese market. KS Design has previously worked with other large and well-known companies such as 3D Systems, MakerBot, and Stratasys. Tell us your thoughts on this latest partnership taking place in Japan in the KS Design Labs to Sell Shining 3D Scanners forum over at 3DPB.com.