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
19 Feb 2012, 06:02
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

I have decided that this scanner is an excellent scanner for someone who wants to learns all of the "why"s of book scanning. Why reflections are important. Why manual focus is important. Why lighting is important. Why angles are important. Etc. However, if you would like to actually scan books with ...
by vitorio
13 Feb 2012, 18:48
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

goldo wrote:I will not remove the v-shape completely, place it next to, and replacing it every time every time...
That's what you would have to do with this one. Sorry.
by vitorio
13 Feb 2012, 13:10
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

No, you pick it up with your hands. Gingerly.
by vitorio
12 Feb 2012, 15:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

No, it's one big braced V-shaped piece all glued together. This post on the first page of the thread shows the V-shaped platen as separate from the cradle base (which I've now covered in blackout curtain), and you can look above that post for assembly photos. With the addition of all the curtains, I...
by vitorio
12 Feb 2012, 06:53
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to continue work on either the new kit, or design something new, because this one is too small to properly scan in some of the more special books I have. I've attached two shots of a too-big typography manual, plus a smaller book I'll be trying. I haven't tried using...
by vitorio
12 Feb 2012, 06:42
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

The final result needed fewer curtains around the rear tower than I originally expected, but added in the covering across the entire base. Here's the four views: WP_000012.jpg WP_000014.jpg WP_000015.jpg WP_000016.jpg It's hard to tell what's going on inside there, but there's a curtain hanging in f...
by vitorio
12 Feb 2012, 06:06
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

I'm pretty sure I now know more about how best to use this scanner than its creator. Even working in a pitch-black room with only an overhead light source, it would have had problems. I cut a new overhead curtain and aligned all of the rest of the blackout curtains using the camera viewfinder (middl...
by vitorio
08 Feb 2012, 13:25
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Fox's Acrylic Picture Frame Scanner
Replies: 6
Views: 4673

Re: Fox's Acrylic Picture Frame Scanner

I love how simple this design is.

You should be able to take the acrylic sheet to an art supply store or other place that does custom framing, and have them cut you a matching sheet of glass to replace it with. I've done that with off-the-shelf frames with acrylic panes before.
by vitorio
23 Jan 2012, 20:41
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Lightweight and cheap version
Replies: 7
Views: 6954

Re: Lightweight version, GoPro Cameras

Has anyone considered using GoPro cameras? They're not the cheapest choice for a cheap version, but they are light at 167g with battery, and a mounting system already exists. The older models are only 5MP, and the new one is $300 for 11MP. All regular point-and-shoot cameras have a mounting system:...
by vitorio
23 Jan 2012, 01:45
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21905

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

Here's what I believe a pretty optimal frame for a blackout tent for this scanning platform is like: pvc-blackout-frame-1.jpg It's all pre-cut and threaded schedule 40 and 80 PVC from Lowes, with the diagonal ties being duct tape. It's 18" wide, the back (photo left) is 24" tall, 12" deep to the cen...