... that's Oxford, England to be clear!
We scan a lot of books here, and of late I've been increasingly uncomfortable with having to 'unbind' books in order to get a reliable scan. (I use the word 'unbind' as a slightly less scary euphamism for taking the poor tome down to the workshop and setting about it with power-tools).
Some of our clients have sent boxes of rather ancient tomes that they want scanned, OCR'd and made into ePub or MObi format. A lot of those books are older than me and it really seems to be a shame to destroy them.
SO: We begin the construction of a scanning rig. I was very taken by the ScanRobot from Treventus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlOQuuLYavY
but the price is really out of this world.
Daniel's designs (or at least his elegant presentation of the culmination of all that work) seem to me to be one of the best around - the video walking through the latest design really sold the concept to me.
So, in the true spirit of makers around the world, I'm going to build a scanner inspired by this design. I particularly like the flippalble platern module for paperbacks.
I started with an exploration of the cradle lifting levers built from Lego...
I was really impressed with the action.
And so, to collect all the parts. I have bearings on order, threaded rod, MDF and all kinds of fasteners. Plus a good supply of greenhouse glass.
I'm hoping to put my mini-lathe to work with some special parts somewhere.
I've chosen MDF over what seems to be the standard PLY because I REALLY hate it's propensity for chipping. I'll also use a router to cut as much as possible, doubling up the MDF to cut mirrored parts at the same time.
I guess I ought to carefully seal the MDF in case it starts to puff in time, so a good paint-job is called for.
.... well, wish me luck. Will post back when I get to the next step.
Aiming to have something by the London Book Fair.