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Bookscanner by reecearnott Oct 12, 2012
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DIY bookscanner with printable parts


This is the second prototype of my DIY bookscanner. See http://dspace.org.nz/2011/09/11/bookscanner-project/ for build instructions.

You will need to print out multiple copies of these parts:

  • 16 printed parts of "m3 nut and bolt attachment to through bar"
  • 8 printed parts "90 degree bar join"
  • 2 printed parts, depends on the angle of the platen. angle/2 degree bar join (for simplicity I've used 45 degrees)
  • 2 printed parts, depends on the angle of the platen. 90+angle/2 degree bar join (for simplicity I've used 135 degrees)
  • 2 printed parts "lowerplaten connector"
  • 2 printed parts "upperplaten connector"
  • 4 printed parts "90 degree bar join (no trapped nut)"
  • 2 printed parts "camera_mount(Logitech C910 webcam)"

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how about flipping the construction by 180°? like this, you would not need to open the construction each time - just place the book on top... perhaps this will need an extra light source but construction will be much easier and scanning is probably much faster... what you think?

foxpup - in reply to elk

I can see how the existing setup would be great for very old books where the binding is questionable. Putting the book on top of a "Snoopy's Doghouse with a Glass Roof" configuration would be easier to work with until pages start falling out of the book, getting out of order, and making a big mess. Perhaps some kind of hinge assembly could be made so the current configuration can open like a waffle iron. I've been thinking about making one of these, but reecearnott beat me to it. :-)

Roach - in reply to elk

That's clever!

the easiest way to scan books is to saw off the binding and send them through a double sided scanner, of course!

Very true, but a very painful idea. :-) I can't even bring myself to WRITE in my own books so forget about me sawing the binding off. :-) Ouch.

By the way...just throwing an idea out there...wouldn't an e-book reader make a great book scanner?
Camera, servos to push the shutter & next page button.
How to convert locked e-books.
Put the willies up Amazon ;)

 You don't need to scann an e-book. The format is allready readable text. Informatic text. You just have to copy/past it.