Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Brett Turnage
Simply the Best!!! Destroys the competition!!!!

Was going to buy a Revopoint Mini because the maker of my 3d printer, Phrozen, was recommending them. That was until I saw a video by “Making for Motorsport” which compared four different entry-level 3D scanners: Creality Lizard, Creality CR-01, Revopoint Pop2, and then the Einstar. The other scanners were mainly toys 🧸, whereas the Einstar was a hand-me-down of the Shining 3D profession product line with features and software. In the part of the video where he scans part of a car, every other Scanner gave marginal results—lots of noise, or hard to get the accuracy, but the Einstar—it not only captured the car’s panel and features, it even scanned parts of the engine and coolant houses that were visible through the front grill 😲. As the guy in the video said “The Einstar is just in a whole different league.”

After watching that video, I bought Einstar along with a pretty pricey PC laptop to run it, and yesterday on my first scans I completely copied a supercharger intercooler housing and a car’s coil cover. I’m in the automotive field. I need good scans so I can import them to CAD and get to work designing parts.

My business is small and I don’t have the money to spend $5000 or above on a professional scanner, so for years I’ve just designed the parts that I need by hand, but that takes time to zero it in. Over the years, I’ve tried a few entry-level scanners and even photogrammetry, but all have been disappointments as they did not meet my needs they did not accurately replicate the part.

This is my fourth attempt at owning a 3d scanning. For the most part, the low-cost options are mainly for people who don’t know CAD and just want to scan models to print—they were small and for tiny items. I need something that can do car parts and other large items—and I need to make clean and accurate scans. This scanner is designed to do that and finally, there is a low-cost handheld scanner. I no longer have to keep searching eBay for a used scanner, or dreaming about when I can afford that scanner so that I can improve my workflow.

On the first day of using this scanner (yesterday), I used it from 7 am to 5 pm. Never got tired of holding it. I may even remove the strap as I like to switch hands when I’m scanning or trying to get around a corner of the part.

The software was easy to use. The online manual was a little hard to find but super informative, and it really helped me to be successful right out of the box.

I’ll post videos now, but I have never been this impressed with a product that is not named Apple something. This is a seismic game changer, and it allows me access to a tool that I could have only dreamed of owning.

Simply put, there is nothing budget about this scanner—especially if you don’t have a mondo PC to run it, which will have to be added to the cost of acquisition, but comparing the Einstar against the Revopoint, and Creality offerings is like comparing a Ferrari vs. a Kia—it’s an insult to the Ferrari.

The Einstar is not a budget or entry scanner, yet it is not a professional grade scanner, if it were a camera 📸 it would be called “Prosumer” which is technology that is higher than the usual consumer entry option with some features that are available on professional units (think Canon 90D or Canon R6 Mark II). Cameras in this range from Nikon, Canon, and Sony are called Prosumer. This scanner is a Prosumer Scanner, and it is the first in that range and right now it is in a league of its own. Shining 3D didn’t just make a scanner to compete with the competition, they made a whole new level of scanner!

Thank you Shinning 3D! You’ve turned me into an Evangelist on this product and I love you guys for making it!

Here are YouTube links to the scans:

Coil Cover Scan:

GT500 intercooler lid scans: YouTube video placeholder
Rickey Crum
Great for cubic foot or bigger items

I bought the einstar because of reviews I read that it was reasonably good for both large scale handheld scanning, and small scale turn table scanning. The scanner works quite well, but struggles on objects that are geometric objects(lots of flat sides, even if a lot of detail) and objects with a lot of repetition. It seems that it loses its place a lot on objects with geometric repetition. That being said, we were able to get some impressively detailed scans of a skull with slow movements and consistent distance of the scanner. When trying to scan small objects on a turn table, we found the performance was not great. If geometry was missed, it required a full rotation before it would try again to pick up the detail. It seemed to lose its reference points a lot with the turn table, and we have yet to get a good scan with the turn table. All that being said, I definitely see that with some practice, this could be a fantastic hand held unit for the money. For those reasons I gave it for stars.

Andrew M
Happy Customer

I plugged it into my computer and was scanning within 10 minutes. The software works great, tracking is great. For my purposes this scanner has nailed it. Great job guys, thank you.

Trickle Down Tech

It's great to see professional technology trickle down to the prosumer market. The Einstar is certainly not as good as the $10K professional systems but for about $1K it works great. It's definitely not the right choice for small items (>100mm) but it seems to work really well for items >500mm. It struggles with items like bowls or cups that have sharp transitions between concave and convex shapes but for items without sharp edges, it works great. The software is super intuitive for those with some 3D software experience. The only part of the user experience that I thought was a bit clunky was the creation of a user account within the software. I'm also a little concerned about whether or not the scanner can work without the internet to authenticate the user. That could be a problem in the future. I'm always a little leery about software that requires an internet connection to work.

Dana Shaw

It works well, considering it's only $1,000- Easy to use once the device has been set up and calibrated correctly. There are numerous videos online that demonstrate the proper use of this device! I am very happy with my selection and would recommend purchasing it! Remember to pick up a can of AESUB for those dark-colored objects. Wink*