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

DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by daniel_reetz » 04 Jun 2012, 12:32

Karyudo wrote:
What sort of glass specs are needed? (For example, size, thickness, tech specs on toughness, brand name, etc.?)
1/8" or 3mm or "double-strength" glass, available at any hardware store. I'm going to do some testing on mitering/beveling this weekend. I'd recommend buying from a picture-frame shop where they could potentially bevel the center of the glass.
Karyudo wrote: Does it just plug into the wall, or is some other power supply required?
The LED light has a 1ft cord on it, and will run on 120 or 220v no problem. It has a US-style power connector.
Karyudo wrote: Will the Canon PowerShot A590iS still work with this evolved design/software?
Karyudo wrote: I don't see why not, but it won't maximize your resolution... which camera(s) is still a question we are solving in another thread.
Karyudo wrote: I guess black paint is recommended, to minimize reflections? (Seems a shame for such nice plywood, but oh, well....) Any recommendations for how much paint will be required, and what type(s) would be best suited?
Flat black latex, I have a brand recommendation coming up. The outside could be varnished or stained, but the inside should definitely be blacked to prevent reflections being a problem.

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by dpc » 04 Jun 2012, 15:25

Congrats, Dan. Getting these kits out the door is a tremendous milestone.

BTW, any details on the included LED light? What's the wattage/lumens/color temp?

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Post by daniel_reetz » 04 Jun 2012, 17:46

Thanks! Yep, it's a 10W LED, 6500K. Runs from 120 to 220v. As documentation progresses I will post some shutter speeds/sample images.

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by Fab52 » 06 Jun 2012, 00:08

Hi Daniel,

Happy to see you've been able to get kits out of your shop, this is great, you invest a lot in this adventure.

I saw you modify the marketplace rule...No problem . Rob closed the thread "Makers Meeting Buyers" deleting some of is own post before he lock it.

My question here is, can we still try to get the scanner parts cut by local custom CNC owner and sell it in our state or province or do we need to pay a licence or right to diybookscanner.org to do so ????

I'm confused here by the post about the "Official kit " that can be available in EU.

Sorry Daniel I don't want to give hard time, but please, give all of us who want to promote the scanner clear marketing instruction.

I know none of us will make money in this adventure... This is not the goal, if I remembered right the goal was to spread bookscanner all over the place, no ????

See you,

Fab

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Post by rob » 06 Jun 2012, 09:17

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 you want to sell DIY Book Scanners, you may do so, and if you make any modifications to the design, you must release those to the community under the same open source hardware license.
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Post by daniel_reetz » 06 Jun 2012, 09:29

No problem, Fab, all of that is allowed, the license hasn't changed. It is still Open Hardware.

I don't know why you would think I would ever ask for a license fee, but anyway, I won't. This is an open project.

We locked the "Makers meeting buyers" thread because it wasn't working and it was causing problems off-site. Originally we were hoping people with CNC routers would show up and fulfill the demand here. Turns out that only Rob showed up and he made kits, instructions and provided support for months. It wasn't "makers meeting buyers" - it was "buyers meeting Rob". Rob stopped making kits and he and I both got a torrent of email about buying and prices. So it's locked. I decided to produce an "official" kit to keep up with demand.

I will always be transparent as an administrator of this forum. Ask me anything. But we have suffered a lot from the actions of people who want to make a business of selling scanners. We've had PM spam, PM trash-talking and undercutting, trolling, email spam, fake accounts, and people going crazy and deleting their stuff. Most people have no idea about this because we take care of it privately. So if something looks funny, ask and we'l

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Post by daniel_reetz » 06 Jun 2012, 10:18

I'll write about my thoughts on "official kits" later. Its not a fully thought out idea. Basically, we need a way to tell buyers that kts from a particular seller are good quality and will do a good job. Because we are going to have people with little or no experience with actual scanning who will make changes/do a less-than-great job making/selling. At a conference now typing on my phone, sorry for brevity/mistakes.

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by underdesign » 06 Jun 2012, 15:56

I got one. Looking forward to building it! I'll document as much as I can. Now off to find some glass...

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by rdx » 08 Jun 2012, 22:24

Congratz!
I'm been lurking around here for years and eventually decide to get an account and say thanks :) I will definitely be buying one and, OMG, my research is going to be so much easier with a books scanner.

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Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Post by Gentso » 10 Jun 2012, 15:17

What is the largest size book that the scanner fits?

Thank you.

A

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