Einscan SP Scanner

Equipment Information: Einscan SP Scanner


EinScan-SP is a multi-functional 3D scanner that offers a variety of functions including reversing design, animation, heritage preservation, CG and VR. It captures 3D data easier and has dual scan modes: Auto Scan and Fixed Scan. Also, EinScan-SP scanner is compatible with 3D printers by providing API access service for any brand 3D printers. The product dimensions are 22.44 x 8.27 x 8.27 inches.

Setting up and using the device

  1. The scanner uses multiple bright flashing lights. People with sensitivity to the light should use cautions or avoid using the scanner.
  2. This device should remain on a flat and stable surface.
  3. Room lighting can impact image quality– bright or direct light in the scanning area can interfere with the light coming from the scanner.
  4. All parts of the machine should be supported when moving or assembling.
  5. This device should always be used indoors in a space that is clear of other tools/materials.
  6. Most personal use will be limited to the Makerspace, though we may make exceptions for projects being done under faculty/staff supervision. Users who borrow the device are responsible for ensuring that all components are returned without damage. The person checking it out may not leave it unsupervised when it is out of the box, and the box must be kept in a secure, locked location when not in use. It may not be taken off campus or kept in dorms/student housing overnight.
  7. If the device does not function as expected, please report to the Makerspace Coordinator- please do not attempt repairs or adjustments.

What Can Be Scanned

Great to Scan Under Auto Scan Mode

– Objects larger than 30 x 30 x 30 mm (1.2 x 1.2x 1.2 in)
– Objects smaller than 250 x 250 x 250 mm (38 x 38 x 38 in)
– Object weighing less than 5 kg (11 Ibs)

Difficult to Scan

– Transparent objects like glass
– Shining or reflective objects like varnished metal parts
– Dark color object like black keyboard
– Fuzzy objects like hair
Solution: Painting white powder on objects will improve the scan quality

Do NOT Suggest to Scan

– Moving objects
– Hollow pattern object like Eiffel Tower souvenirs
– Objects smaller than 30 x 30 x 30 mm (1.2 x 1.2x 1.2 in)

Episcan-SP Safe Use Manual

Equipment Operation

  1. Open the EXScan software and perform the calibration and white balance sequence. If either of these fail, please repeat until they go through. You do not have to recalibrate every time, but if the scanner has been moved since its last use you will want to do this.
  2. Build Project:
    • Click “New Project” button to start a new scan.
  3. Texture Scan Option:
    • Choose texture scan if color texture is needed for scanning. Or, choose non-texture scan (Texture scan is somewhat slower, but is necessary for generating scans that can be used in an online exhibit. It can also help when your object has complexity that is hard to map).
  4. Place Object:
    • Make sure the object is stable during the scanning. Use props to support it at different angles, or if it is not stable on its own. Any movement during scanning will make it difficult or impossible to use your file for printing.
  5. Adjust Brightness:
    • Choose the brightness setting according to your object surface condition. Too much red appears on the object shown in the window means the object will be over exposed. If your scans are failing to capture (often the case with darker or more reflective objects) it is sometimes worth experimenting with over and under exposing the scan to capture surface that may not be captured with “ideal” light settings.
  6. Scan:
    • Click Scan button to start scanning.
  7. Edit Scan:
    • SHIFT + Left mouse: Select redundant data, the selected section will show as red. The tool bar on the top will allow you to do further edit. When deleting content, you can err towards taking more off than you need, since your surfaces will likely be rebuilt in further scans.
  8. Complete Scan in More direction:
    • Sometimes, if one rotate can’t give you a full scan, you can place the object in other directions to capture the missing faces. After edit, save the current scanned data, the current data will be aligned to the last scanned data automatically.
  9. Manual Alignment:
    • If automatic alignment fail during scanning, you can use manual alignment. (Misalignment doesn’t frequently happen. Please refer the detail of manual alignment in user manual). Manual Alignment can be quite labor intensive, and won’t always be a workable fix.
  10. Mesh:
    • When the scan is completed, go mesh directly. Watertight or Unwatertight model can be selected due to your request.
      • Watertight: a closed model which can be printed directly.
      • Unwatertight: a non-closed model keeping the missing scanned area as it is, which is usually chosen for further design purpose in other program.
      • If your model won’t save as a Watertight model, you can try to repair it in a program like MeshMixer.
  11. Saving:
    • You can save your file two ways- as a working file (you will need to do this if you plan to come back to this and continue working), or export your final model for printing or online display. If there is any chance you may want to perform further edits you should save both ways.
  12. Turning off the device:
    • Press the touch switch for 1 second twice to turn the scanner off. The machine may not be left powered on when not in use.

Episcan-SP Quick Guide Manual