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

Flat Platen

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Flat Platen

Post by elbourne » 28 Oct 2019, 14:44

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.

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Re: Flat Platen

Post by BillGill » 29 Oct 2019, 09:27

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.


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Re: Flat Platen

Post by Mohib » 01 Nov 2019, 14:27

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