3D printer and scanner manufacturers are fond of releasing case studies to show how well their products work for different applications, in real-world settings. Most frequently, these case studies come from companies describing how a particular printer or scanner helped to deliver a product faster and more cost-effectively than other manufacturing methods. Chinese 3D scanner manufacturer Shining 3D recently decided to take a different approach, however, and invited individual customers to share their work with the EinScan-S 3D Scanner.
The EinScan-S, which was introduced last January, has gotten consistently enthusiastic reviews from users. To further illuminate the scanner’s potential, Shining 3D held a contest entitled the EinScan-S Scan Sharing Act, in which users were asked to detail their creative endeavors for a chance at being spotlighted on the company’s website. Winners would receive prizes in the form of scanning products, as well. The competition, which ended on January 31, received numerous entries, and this past week the grand prize winner was announced.
The winner, an architect from Thailand, goes simply by the moniker AKE. He is well-versed in 3D technology, having started using it in primitive forms as an architectural student back in 2004. For the EinScan-S Sharing Act, he subjected the scanner to four tests, intending to show how well it could perform for very different projects.
His first test was the scanning of a large object. One of the EinScan-S’ selling points is its versatility; it’s advertised as being able to capture high-definition detail in both large and small subjects thanks to its two settings: free scan and turntable scan. AKE’s first subject was a highly detailed 80-cm-tall wax statue of the Buddha, which he scanned using the free scan function. He was impressed with the scanner’s ability to capture the intricacies of the statue.
“It took many scans to complete all around model, each time software manage to align new scan perfectly and automatically, end up with amazing result (file size 350 mb 7.5m triangles),” AKE states. “Thumbs up for EinScan-S can handle (such) a complex scan, bridging the gap between virtual and reality, easily transform physical object into digital data, best value for an affordable price point.”
For the second scan, AKE used the scanner’s turntable function to capture a much smaller object, namely, a croissant. Color and texture mapping were the focus for this scan, which took a mere five minutes and resulted in a detailed and accurate representation with “natural and vibrant” color, ready for either animation or 3D printing.
The third scan also utilized the turntable function, this time focusing on detail rather than color. The subject was a 15-cm-tall robot figure with minutely detailed elements.
“After calibration & put sample object (robot 15 cm height) in the middle of turn table,” AKE explains. “Einscan-S software only take 5 minutes for each full circle 360 degree scan, 1st round with stand up position then 2nd round with laid down with face up and 3rd round with laid down with face down, each round software manage to align new scan perfectly and automatically, very user friendly. After finished scan then export .STL file to any software for rescaling to any size you want, easily get a breathtaking result with Einscan-S.”
Finally, AKE turned the scanner on himself to test its performance with different lighting conditions and movement. Using the free scan mode, he took images of himself with various facial expressions. Once again, the EinScan-S performed impressively, capturing each rapidly changing expression with detail and accuracy. Satisfied with the results of all four tests, AKE declared the EinScan-S to officially be his “favored desktop 3D scanner.”
For his thorough documentation of the EinScan-S’ versatility, AKE was awarded first place in the competition, earning himself a $1500 coupon for the EinScan-Pro, Shining 3D’s latest handheld scanner. If the company decides to launch a competition for the purpose of demonstrating the capabilities of the Pro, he’ll already have a head start. Discuss this latest competition in the EinScan-S 3D Scanner forum over at the 3DPB.com.