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Flat Platen

Posted: 28 Oct 2019, 14:44
by elbourne
I have a commercial overhead book scanning camera. It works pretty well, but the weakness is that it is hard to hold the pages flat. And I don't like my fingers in the shots.

I am considering building some sort of flat platen that could hold the pages down better, and still use my single camera stand.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Would love to hear some insights.

Re: Flat Platen

Posted: 29 Oct 2019, 09:27
by BillGill
A piece of flat glass or plastic that you could lay on the page might be all you would need. I don't know how your scanner is built, but it might be a fairly simple arrangement. Pressing it down might be the tricky part. A simple frame with a handle might be all you would need.


Re: Flat Platen

Posted: 01 Nov 2019, 14:27
by Mohib
Perhaps you're looking for something like what I built.


Thread on DIY Book Scanner with tips and "how to build" instructions (look for the post with the graph and PDF attachment):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=3401&sid=97c961ba6 ... b3729ef51f

The scanner's been evolving and the pic below is the latest version.
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