Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by vitorio
05 Jul 2013, 22:16
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Austin Hackerspace kit build
Replies: 10
Views: 7289

Re: Austin Hackerspace kit build

Countersink bit - Sears or even your local auto parts store will likely have this. There's also places like Harbor Freight Tools that will have it (there's a HF in Austin). Yeah, HFT didn't have one either, which is why I called it out, in case it was an unusual size. Disclaimer: I've never seen or...
by vitorio
05 Jul 2013, 02:09
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?
Replies: 14
Views: 19597

Re: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?

Today, we built the book scanner at the Austin Hackerspace.

It's not fully operational yet, but it's assembled. Another day or two of effort and it'll be ready for trial use.

Here's the build thread, and here are my notes on using the new assembly manual to build it.
by vitorio
05 Jul 2013, 02:01
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Austin Hackerspace kit build
Replies: 10
Views: 7289

Austin Hackerspace kit build

Today, I spent the entire day building the Hackerspace kit using the new manual as my sole source of instruction. I just posted feedback on the manual in that thread, but here I'm going to detail issues with the kit and the build itself. My kit arrived a few months ago, with the box rather damaged ....
by vitorio
05 Jul 2013, 00:37
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY Book Scanner Kit Assembly Manual Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 5871

Re: DIY Book Scanner Kit Assembly Manual Thread

Today, I spent the entire day building the Hackerspace kit using the new manual as my sole source of instruction. Here, I'm just going to list the issues we encountered with the manual as it currently exists, in order of the manual pages. I'll make a separate thread for the build and additional inst...
by vitorio
15 Apr 2013, 03:25
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits
Replies: 78
Views: 83176

Re: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits

daniel_reetz wrote:Hi, the kits do not come with cameras. I'm currently suggesting the A2200IS or A810.
The A810? I thought the wide-angle ones caused added distortion.

Now I'm wondering if I should return my A2200s and get the A810s for the MP bump...
by vitorio
07 Apr 2013, 03:16
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?
Replies: 14
Views: 19597

Re: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?

After a little back and forth, the Austin Hackerspace has voted to host a DIY book scanner on a trial basis. (I assume the concern is around whether the general public will overwhelm the space with blatantly illegal scanning.) Rather than build one myself and then donate a second to the hackerspace,...
by vitorio
21 Mar 2013, 23:11
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits
Replies: 78
Views: 83176

Re: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits

Ordered a kit when this weekend's batch went up. It arrived today. The box is slightly damaged: it looks like a side and corner were punctured to make something of a handle. I searched for "damage" and "shipping" and didn't see anything; is there anything in particular I should look out for when I g...
by vitorio
21 Jan 2013, 01:45
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Really high resolution scanning?
Replies: 2
Views: 5372

Re: Really high resolution scanning?

Strikes me that this is a problem of intent. Oh, absolutely. My intent was to get the books preserved and made available again in a reasonable format and somewhat expediently. 400dpi JPEGs and OCR text are a good first effort at preserving these materials. A typographer's intent is to be able to zo...
by vitorio
20 Jan 2013, 21:37
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Really high resolution scanning?
Replies: 2
Views: 5372

Really high resolution scanning?

Has anyone played with doing really, really high-resolution scanning? Like 2000dpi+? For a 12"x12" scanner, that's 24,000 pixels in each direction, or a... 1.6GB raw image? Some desktop scanners can do that. Drum scanners can do that and better if you don't mind destroying the book by feeding indivi...