My Name is David. I originally started building Bookscanners around 2 years ago, when Daniel retired from the forum. Since then I wanted to start a Business scanning Books and Building Bookscanners for others. Stuff got in the way, and I wasn't able to fulfill my dreams. Until some months ago:
We've (Me, My Wife and a friend) started again building Scanners for Copyshops and Archives nearby for some months now. We developed our own design upon Daniel's wooden Archivist.
We founded a company called Archivar Bookscanning e.U. and we are currently working on our webpage where we will sell bookscanners and bookscanner parts and have information on bookscanning in german. Scanners will ship as DIY Kits, in Austria we plan on offering maintenance and support as well.
On this page we will also have the design files of our scanner available for download free of charge. (With metric measurements, for all the europeans out here)
I want to share some design details with you:
Some goals were to
- further simplify the connectors,
- make a scanner that we can sell legally in europe (laws are crazy here)
- Seamlessly integrate the electronics
- Have a more easily adjustable weight support system
Its main specs are the same as the Archivists
230V Lamps, aluminium housing, Easily Changeable
Housing of the light module is now also made from plywood (4mm laser cut) the parts connect via rubber-rings:
Screws now use, screw-in threads which are screwed into the wood, for assembly you only use m8 screws (no different screws anymore, just one type of m8 screw)
Screen is integrated into the bottom of the scanner:
For the weight support we use spring loaded tool balancers, which are perfekt for bookscanners the support can be finely adjusted to the book weight (actually not now, the fully tensioned balancers won't lift the cradle, we will add gas springs as well to compensate for the cradle weight)
But its working already like a charm when putting some weight on the handle as well:
I don't know whether someone had the idea of using these before, but I can see them integrated in many design for different purposes and they are cheap (about 10$)
Power distribution and main switch is now integrated:
And we added quick release plates for the cameras for ease, and to take them of quickly, for nighttime if the scanner stands in a public place for example
We kept using simple items, almost everything is available through amazon. Everything else is either 3D printed or laser cut.
The Scanner is called "Archivar" (which is German for Archivist)
Plans will be available on our website soon!
Greetings from Austria,