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

Scanner Build: "Black Iron" Twin Models A,B

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spamsickle
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Re: Scanner Build: "Black Iron" Twin Models A,B

Post by spamsickle » 10 Sep 2010, 17:38

I see that Makrolon / Tuffak / Lexan polycarbonate is available in 1/32" thickness, and I'm thinking this might work for a small platen (say, for books 7" x 9.5" and smaller, or maybe even "pocket" books 7" x 4.5" and smaller, which I've just been destroying for the ScanSnap rather than attempting to DIYscan), if the reinforcing ends were still 1/8" or 1/4". Have you tried "going thinner"? If so, what was your experience?

univurshul
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Re: Scanner Build: "Black Iron" Twin Models A,B

Post by univurshul » 13 Sep 2010, 02:32

spamsickle wrote:I see that Makrolon / Tuffak / Lexan polycarbonate is available in 1/32" thickness, and I'm thinking this might work for a small platen (say, for books 7" x 9.5" and smaller, or maybe even "pocket" books 7" x 4.5" and smaller, which I've just been destroying for the ScanSnap rather than attempting to DIYscan), if the reinforcing ends were still 1/8" or 1/4". Have you tried "going thinner"? If so, what was your experience?
No, never occurred to me to go thinner. And the Makrolon will roll up and ship to you in a tube; that's how flimsy it is. I say going thinner than 3/32 is risky money-wise. But fun if you're into the 'torsional' aspects of the challenge. \/

I think a new welding method I'm going to try is with 2 ton epoxy at the V-base seam and aluminum torsion bars. I just ordered 1.6mm AR polycarbonate here for a reasonable price: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 005wt_1031

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