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 rob
18 Jun 2012, 13:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Stgo Makerspace Book Scanner Build (standard)
Replies: 6
Views: 2793

Re: Stgo Makerspace Book Scanner Build (standard)

Adam Savage of the Mythbusters and probably one of the Gods of Makers says that he's a big advocate of "moving" -- just doing something even though it's probably wrong because you'll gain experience to make the next one right. So fools might rush in, and makers might rush in, but that doesn't mean m...
by rob
15 Jun 2012, 23:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 215
Views: 131452

Re: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner

Hmm. Shouldn't the white part depth be equal to the depth between the opposite half's dark blue and light blue parts? That would be 0.40", so the depth for the white area would be 0.71 - 0.40 = 0.31"? Otherwise the right pulley half is going to stick out from the left pulley half. It'll still work, ...
by rob
14 Jun 2012, 10:41
Forum: HELP
Topic: How to convert pre-scanned PDFs to clean OCR PDFs?
Replies: 4
Views: 4427

Re: How to convert pre-scanned PDFs to clean OCR PDFs?

If you go through Acrobat Pro's OCR, then you will end up with a clean font. Just make sure that in the OCR dialog, you select ClearScan:
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by rob
12 Jun 2012, 22:31
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 215
Views: 131452

Re: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner

The tabs on the braces fit into the slots on the large face plates. So whatever dimensions you made those slots, that's how big the tabs have to be.
by rob
10 Jun 2012, 10:38
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits
Replies: 78
Views: 77043

Re: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits

Dan, the videos you posted were great. It's kinda funny how both you and I stopped the instructions at the same point. However, anyone making a video (or anyone wanting to use the mechanical triggers) is definitely urged to go look at the trigger assembly post. The trigger assembly post, however, co...
by rob
09 Jun 2012, 17:45
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits
Replies: 78
Views: 77043

Re: Build Thread for the Hackerspace Scanner Kits

I've been able to paint right over the bearing. What happens is the paint dries, but doesn't get into the bearings, so when the bearings turn, it breaks the paint, and you're fine.
by rob
06 Jun 2012, 09:17
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!
Replies: 104
Views: 89555

Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

The DIY Book Scanner is open hardware. EN: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_hardware FR: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat%C3%A9riel_libre Basically, you may do anything you want with the plans and the hardware, for free, as long as anything derived is also released under the same license. If...
by rob
02 Jun 2012, 14:31
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 77
Views: 64573

Re: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner

I evaluated the Sony DSC-WX10 (16 MP) and it basically sucks . I just couldn't get it to focus well over the entire page, even with the aperture closed, which should give the most focal range. And it wouldn't focus on smaller books at all. Fuck you very much, Sony. My Canon SD1100 IS (8 MP) works gr...
by rob
28 May 2012, 11:52
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Daniel, Rob Scanner kit update / wanted in GA/NC/VA/MD
Replies: 1
Views: 1764

Re: Daniel, Rob Scanner kit update / wanted in GA/NC/VA/MD

There are no kits being offered for sale at this time. Please check Agora regularly to find out if anyone is offering kits.
by rob
27 May 2012, 18:57
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Makers meeting buyers
Replies: 17
Views: 16817

Re: Makers meeting buyers

NOTE: This thread is now locked. The standard for posting sell offers and buy requests is to make a new post in the Agora section.