New Shining3D scanner combines blue lasers, IR light

July 20, 2023
The FreeScan Combo has scanning modes that include a single laser line, 17 parallel laser lines and 26 laser lines.

FreeScan Combo The latest addition to Shining 3D’s FreeScan UE series of 3D scanners, the FreeScan Combo can be used for metrology-grade inspection, fine scanning and reverse-engineering tasks for sectors like additive manufacturing and mold production. It comes with free, user-friendly software that makes importing data to common 3D inspection and design software more efficient.

What’s new? The Freescan Combo, which combines blue-laser and infrared light sources, and can easily measure black or reflective surfaces.

Benefits Versatility and improved ergonomics. The FreeScan Combo provides multiple scanning modes, using a single laser line to capture 3D data from narrow areas, such as holes; seven parallel laser lines for scanning fine detail; 26 laser lines for scanning large areas; and an infrared mode to scan feature-rich workpieces without the need to set markers. The scanner is compact and lightweight, reducing the risk of user fatigue.

Shining 3D Technology Inc., San Leandro, Calif., 888-597-5655, 
Vital Statistics

Scanning speed

1.86 million points per second in laser scan mode; 2.25 million points per second in infrared mode


7.6 inches by 2.5 inches by 2.1 inches


1.4 pounds

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David Tillett | Associate Editor

Associate Editor David Tillett writes and edits for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He covers new products, industry news, patents and consumer and business equipment. He has more than 20 years of experience in daily newspaper, online and magazine journalism.