Shining 3D Autoscan DS-EX Scanner Review

The Chinese company, SHINING 3D, is one of the largest providers of integrated digital solutions in the dentistry industry. According to the company, more than 8,000 clinics and laboratories use its dental scanners today. The majority of the dental scanners are from the AutoScan series .

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In this article, you will learn about the new Shining 3D Autoscan DS-EX , DS-EX Pro and DS-MIX , their capabilities and features.

About Shining 3D

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SHINING 3D was founded in 2004. By 2021, it had become one of the largest Chinese companies in the additive technology segment. The company is based in Hangzhou, but has branches in Stuttgart and San Francisco. The firm also boasts of dozens of offices around the world.

SHINING 3D develops, manufactures, distributes and applies a variety of 3D scanners. Its products include industrial and specialty dental 3D printers for the consumer market. The company also manufactures 3D printing materials, offers 3D design and manufacturing services, and a cloud-based model storage platform.

SHINING 3D complete solutions have been successfully applied in many industries. Examples of such industries include aerospace, electronics, automotive, construction, energy, dentistry, orthopedics, consumer goods, education, science, and so on.

Let’s now look at the Shining 3D scanners.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX

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The Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX Dental 3D Scanner uses structured light technology to capture the finest texture details and generate accurate and detailed scans in a relatively short time. Designed specifically for the dental industry, the scanner is lightweight and compact. These two attributes are an ideal combination for scanners for dental clinics and laboratories.

The scanner provides in-articulator scanning, triple scanning (top, bottom and dental imprint), as well as texture digitization. It can be connected to a computer both directly and via a local area network (LAN). The two connection options significantly reduces the post-processing time of finished scans.

In addition to clinics and laboratories, AutoScan-DS-EX can also be used in educational institutions. It is easy to learn how to work with the scanner since the workflow is as automated as possible.


  • Dimensions: 260 x 270 x 420mm
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Scan area: 100 x 100 x 75mm
  • Scanning accuracy: ≤ 15 µm
  • Camera resolutionL Mp1.3
  • Scan timebite: 13 sec,
  • Jaw: 30 sec
  • 1-8 dies: 30 sec
  • Impression: 120 sec
  • Data output formats: STL, OBJ
  • Color scanning: No


Comparison with Analogue

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The closest analogue of Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX is the Medit T310 laboratory dental scanner. The latter is a desktop scanning device with high-performance software, a fast positioning system and two high-resolution cameras.

The Medit T310 outperforms the AutoScan-DS-EX in terms of scanning accuracy and speed. Moreover, it provides color scanning.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX Medit T310
Dimensions (mm) 260 x 270 x 420 505 x 271 x 340
Weight (kg) 5 15
Scan area (mm) 100 x 100 x 75 100 x 73 x 60
Scanning accuracy (µm) ≤ 15 9
Camera resolution (MP) 1.3 5.0×2
Scan time bite: 13 sec,

jaw: 30 sec,

1-8 dies: 30 sec

cast: 90 sec

full arc: 18 sec
Color scanning No Yes

AutoScan-DS-EX is three times lighter than the Medit T310 and almost 40% smaller. Moreover, the scanning area of AutoScan-DS-EX is 71% larger. The dental scanner is also much cheaper. This is why it’s preferred by most clinics that do not have high requirements for accuracy and measurement speed.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX Pro

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The Shining 3D AutoScan -DS-EX Pro dental scanner is a major upgrade of the Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX model. While it has the same weight and size as the DS-EX model, it is significantly accuracy and has faster scanning speed.

The AutoScan -DS-EX Pro has some features that the previous model did not have. These include:

  • Gap processing. The device builds the optimal scanning path. If necessary, rescans to fill in unscanned holes.
  • Dynamic scan mode. This allows you to fix the relative position of the jaws and improve the accuracy of bite scanning.
  • The all-in-one scanning method. With this feature, you can scan quadrant and matrix models simultaneously. This greatly simplifies and almost doubles the scanning process.

The AutoScan -DS-EX Pro can scan wax-up, abutment, die, plaster model, impression, capture texture, and is compatible with articulators from different manufacturers.


  • Dimensions: 260 x 270 x 420mm
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Scan Area: 100 x 100 x 75mm
  • Scanning Accuracy: ≤ 10 µm
  • Camera Resolution: 1.3 MP
  • Scan timebite: 8 sec, jaw: 15 sec, 1-8 dies: 15 sec, impression: 70 sec
  • Data Output Formats: STL, OBJ
  • Color Scanning: No


Comparison with Analogue

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The closest analogue of the Shining 3D AutoScan -DS-EX Pro is the Medit T710 dental laboratory scanner, which is an upgrade of the Medit T310 model mentioned above.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-EX Pro Medit T710
Dimensions (mm) 260 x 270 x 420 505 x 271 x 340
Weight (kg) 5 15
Scan area (mm) 100 x 100 x 75 100 x 73 x 60
Scanning accuracy (µm) ≤ 10 four
Camera resolution (MP) 1.3 5.0 x 4
Scan time bite: 8 sec,

jaw: 15 sec,

1-8 dies: 15 sec

cast: 70 sec

full arc: 8 sec,

arc impression: 45 s

Color scanning No Yes

The ratio of advantages and disadvantages of AutoScan -DS-EX Pro and T710 is the same as that of AutoScan-DS-EX and T310:

  • The Medit T710 outperforms the AutoScan -DS-EX Pro in terms of accuracy and scanning speed by approximately two times. On the same note, the Medit T71- provides color scanning
  • AutoScan -DS-EX Pro has smaller weight and size parameters. It also has a significantly larger working area
  • AutoScan -DS-EX Pro is much cheaper.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-MIX

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One distinct feature of the Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-MIX dental scanner is the presence of two high-resolution cameras that provide excellent fixation of the boundary lines of abutments and other features of the scanned bodies. The software used by the scanner detects unscanned areas, after which an additional scan is performed.

AutoScan-DS-MIX supports static and dynamic scanning modes for the most common articulators. It also supports automatic transfer of articulators for Artex, Kavo, SAM and Bio-Art. The Scanning modes available include: abutment, articulator, veneer, single model, all-in-one, impression, texture, etc.

Due to the high accuracy, fast scanning speed, and quality of details, AutoScan-DS-MIX is widely used in dentistry, especially orthopedic.


  • Dimensions: 238 x 340 x 447mm
  • Weight: 7.5kg
  • Color Scanning: No
  • Scanning Accuracy:≤ 7 , µm
  • Camera Resolution: 2 x 5 MP
  • Scan timebite: 6 sec, full jaw: 13 sec, dies: 18 sec (1-4), 33 sec (5-8), impression: 32 sec
  • Data output formats: STL, PLY


Comparison with Analogue

The closest analogue scanner of Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-MIX is the 3SHAPE E2 dental scanner. The features of the latter are somewhat inferior to thatAutoScan-DS-MIX. However, the most significant differences relate to the design area.

Shining 3D AutoScan-DS-MIX 3SHAPE E2
Scanning Accuracy (µm) ≤ 7 ten
Camera Resolution (MP) 2 x 5 2×5
Scan time

full jaw, sec

13 90
Color scanning No No


AutoScan DS series 3D scanners are the best choice for those who need high quality equipment at a reasonable price for their dental practices. The scanners have sophisticated scanning techniques, which when combined with advanced processing algorithms, provides high-quality 3D models and images. These scanners are suitable for solving a wide variety of problems in dentistry and dental orthopedics.

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