The FreeScan Combo, with a small size of 193x63x53mm and weighed only 620g, has dual light sources: blue laser and infrared VCSEL. Being a lightweight and portable metrology scanner, it is equipped with four working modes: multiple lines scanning, single line scanning, fine scanning, infrared scanning. It can be used to achieve metrology-grade precision inspection, reverse design, additive manufacturing, and other applications in many manufacturing sectors, including the automotive industries, aerospace, rail transportation, heavy industries, mold manufacturing, casting and foundry and medical industries.

Its Shining 3D FreeScan Combo is an extremely compact and light handheld 3D scanner that has two light sources which ensures high-quality scanning results as well as speedy performance for various 3D scanning situations. Utilizing both blue laser and infrared VCSEL technologies, this scanner is a part of Shining 3D's Shining 3D lineup of metrology solutions. It can be used to inspect reverse engineering, additive production as well as other applications in machines, aerospace, automobiles, medicine, and many other industries.

The small size of the scanner with its weight of just 620 grams make it easy to utilize the Combo to digitize objects of different sizes, as well as its ergonomically designed steel housing and wrist strap ensure high-quality durability and dependable operation. The scanner has a maximum speed of 1,860,000 point/s in laser mode and 2,250,000 points/s when making use of its IR lighting source. With its four scanning modes it is FreeScan Combo is good for scanning large objects, as well as exact capture of fine detail as well as deep holes. The VCSEL technology permits body scanning as well as fast non-marker-free scanning of objects that have high-quality geometrical. It delivers consistent results when scanning reflective and black surfaces. For improved performance in high-light conditions, the user can turn on the outdoor mode.

Below, you can view scans that were captured using the Shining 3D FreeScan Combo.


  • Accuracy of scans
  • Scanning modes
  • Scan volume
  • Scanner controls
  • Software
  • What's in the box
  • Feel and look
  • Price

Accuracy of scans

The FreeScan Combo offers metrology-grade precision which can reach 0.02 millimeters in laser scanning mode and the volumetric precision that is 0.02 + 0.033 millimeters/millimeter. The scanner creates an image cloud that has an average distance of 0.05-3 millimeters using blue laser light and 0.2-3 millimeters when using the IR scanning mode, resulting in high-quality, precise scans that are ideal for professional use.

Scanning modes

To maximize the scanning process and boost its efficiency users can select among four scan options. Scanning using Blue lasers is conducted in any of three different modes: multi-line scan using 26 laser lines crossed for scanning large objects single-line scan using a single laser line with an optimized lens angle to allow deep hole scanning as well as parallel-line scan with 7 laser lines to scan smaller areas that have a high quality of detail. Multi-line scanning allows the efficient scanning of reflective and dark surfaces. To get the best outcomes, it is suggested to turn on a Reflective option. The three modes of laser require markings to ensure data alignment. Users can choose the resolution and choose between high, medium and low levels.

This fourth mode of scanning makes use of the IR technology VCSEL and is suitable for scans of objects and portraits. The Portrait mode has a hair mode to improve hair-capturing, however it can increase the noise overall. Both the Portrait and Object modes let you choose the resolution required, and in Object mode, users are able to select from a variety of alignment options such as feature and hybrid (geometry and markers) and global markers alignment. Selecting the alignment method for the feature allows users to scan without markers, which speeds the preparation and scanning process.

Scan volume

It is recommended that the working range for FreeScan Combo is 300 mm. When scanning in IR mode users can alter the working distance within the 160-1400mm range in the Portrait mode and 160-600 mm for the Object Mode. A maximum view for the scanner is 520x510 millimeters in the laser scan mode and 430 x 430 millimeters when in IR mode.

Scanner controls

Control buttons are on the backside of the top of the scanner. There are scanning distance and power indicators, which indicate whether the scanner is too far or near to an object. The Scanning button located in the center lets you switch between scan, preview, and pause functions. double-clicking will display the screen for menus. Long presses allow users to switch the source of light. There are buttons that alter the brightness of the camera and zoom buttons in the vicinity of that button.

Prior to the first time use the user must connect the scanner to the computer via an aviation cable that is supplied and then calibrate the device with the calibration board included with the scanner.


Shining 3D FreeScan Combo Shining 3D FreeScan Combo works with the exclusive FreeScan software, which can be used as a one-stop solution to complete the scanning process. It begins by making sure the scanner is calibrated to modern mesh editing capabilities and measurements options.

The scanned data may be saved as OBJ, STL, PLY and ASC, and 3MF formats. The data can then be transferred into third-party software, like Geomagic Control X Verisurf, Einsense Q, Geomagic Design X, Geomagic Essentials along with Solid Edge SHINING 3D Edition.

What's in the box

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  • Astonishing 3D FreeScan Combo 3D scanner
  • Calibration board
  • Markers
  • Strap for wrist
  • USB dongle
  • Power adapter (12V 5A)
  • Power cable
  • Aviation cable
  • User manual

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Feel and look

The Shining 3D FreeScan Combo handheld 3D scanner is available in a black and gray color scheme. The compact, yet sturdy design is ideal for a variety of industrial applications.

The dimensions of the scanner are 7.6 by 2.5 3.0 x 2.1 in (193 53 x 63 millimeters). It weighs 1.4 pounds (620 grams).


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