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

Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

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Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by dtic » 19 Apr 2014, 20:48

I don't think this has been posted here before: Google's open source linear scanner has been adapted into a new prototype by a fall 2013 by the University of Michigan ME450 class . A very detailed pdf report with illustrations and schematics from the U M project is posted here (scroll down). A short Mp4 video is available on this page.

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by daniel_reetz » 20 Apr 2014, 00:23

Hasn't been posted - thanks.

Mr. Qumsiyeh called me a year ago and we talked for several hours. He mostly wanted to know everything about selling kits and if I thought selling a kit of his machine would be successful and drive adoption. I told him that basically, I didn't feel very confident in volume sales due to the very high technical level needed to develop his design further. However I did say that selling kits is one of the best ways to make things more accessible. I strongly encouraged him to come to the forums here and communicate with the larger community, but as far as I have seen, he hasn't yet. I know that he's made some nice contributions to the Noisebridge scanning project.

I'm glad to see some heavy-duty engineering being applied and I hope they get the page tearing/folding down to zero.

He did apparently give a talk called "DIY Book Scanning" which is our namesake, but there is no recording of it on YouTube or in their talks archive: http://bofh.nikhef.nl/events/OHM/video/ . I wish we could get more complete coverage on related work like this, it only validates and extends what happens here.

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by danyq » 08 May 2014, 18:16

Hi, I just saw this thread and am embarrassed enough to come out. Sorry to everyone for not communicating more!

The University of Michigan library sponsored that class project and I've been trying to help out however I can. A new set of students just completed the spring term and created another version of the scanner which I hope to post soon.

The talk at OHM had some technical problem with the recording, which is a bummer. These folks also brought a scanner there, which was great to see: http://www.bookscanner.fr/

Let me know if you have any questions! I'll try to be around.

Dany

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by danyq » 15 May 2014, 05:56

The second prototype from the University of Michigan is up now:
http://prismscanner.org/designs/

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by daniel_reetz » 16 May 2014, 22:25

nice! thanks for the update, danyq.

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by danyq » 15 Jul 2014, 14:31

An article just came out about the University of Michigan project:
http://www.lib.umich.edu/news/librarian ... ake-impact

Also, a group in Germany just presented a new prototype at Maker Faire Hannover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUmkMC1JKp0

It's made of wood, and the most interesting part is that it uses blowing air only (no vacuum)! I encouraged Karsten to join the forum and talk about his work.

I'm making progress on another prototype as well, which I can post more about in the future. So there's a lot going on! I'd love to see more design experimentation like this, and more discussion on the forum, so if you're curious about this stuff please say hello. :)

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Re: Google linear scanner updated by U Michigan class

Post by jbreiden » 19 Aug 2014, 22:20

Today I visited the San Francisco Center for the Book (sfcb.org) and took their book binding class. There is quite a bit of mechanical equipment from decades past that is fun to look at and potentially inspirational.

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