DIY book scanner creator wins a laser cutter

Daniel Reetz must be one happy maker! Not only did he create this fantastic DIY book scanner, but he won an Epilog Zing 16 Laser for his efforts! From the press release:

Epilog Laser, the leading producer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving and cutting systems, and are pleased to announce Daniel Reetz, Fargo, N.D., is the grand-prize winner in the Epilog Challenge. Reetz will receive a new Zing 16 Laser engraving/cutting system for his innovative and eco-friendly “DIY High-Speed Book Scanner from Trash and Cheap Cameras”. Reetz’s winning instructable was one of 478 entries in the Epilog Challenge.

Daniel says:

“I have strong 3D modeling skills, and I’m planning to use the Zing to do all kinds of rapid prototyping. The Zing will allow me to rapidly make stencils and solder masks, and to prototype new camera mounts quickly. But I’m most excited about using the Zing to pursue an exciting new field of imaging called computational photography,” Reetz said. “Really, without Epilog and Instructables, none of this would have been possible.”

I’ve been test driving a Zing myself, which I’ll be doing a full review of soon, and I have to agree with Daniel: having a laser cutter at your disposal is a game changer when it comes to quickly realizing your designs in the physical world. Great job, you lucky son of a gun!

2 thoughts on “DIY book scanner creator wins a laser cutter

  1. Timothy says:

    That is a crazy idea for a book scanner, my first ideas was to use a traditional scanner combined with rollers of a high speed copier (like a Risograph machine) to place the paper down and then roll it off. The slow part is the scanner arm. Using cameras are a great idea!

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