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New guy needs macro scanner help..

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New guy needs macro scanner help..

Postby Guinness » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:07 am

I tried searching for a macro webcam and got nowhere, so here I am.. I had a manual lens adjustment camera before the digital craze, so can manually adjust lenses, either by hand or thru software.. My subject matter is 1/87 scale and 1/43 scale, and I need to capture every nut and bolt on these steam engines. I watched a video on youtube on how to make a scanner for $25, but it's way out of date, being made in 2008... I know there are better hardware choices now, but am lost in all of the jargon. My budget is $200 or so, and I'd like at least part of it for software, but even that I see free or $500+.. Even my attempted searches are bringing up all useless or nothing at all. I have 5 hours of frustration with nothing to show for it, so a bit of guidance would be fantastic..

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Re: New guy needs macro scanner help..

Postby drndadoo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:04 pm

Structured light scanner for $200 is mission impossible. Only projector cost more, software cost more.
Cheapest what can you get is Starter Kit laser scanner which is also more expencive then $200.
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Re: New guy needs macro scanner help..

Postby Guinness » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:55 am

No, you are wrong.. I checked the software that was used in the video I saw, and what they did will work.. If I had a laser level capable of projecting a straight, even line, I could do this with the severely outdated webcam I have and free software.. Don't be so quick to say no.. I have several ideas on how to improve upon it with common hobby items, I just need help finding low cost software for 3D scanning, even photocapture, a decent green light laser level, and a webcam capable of extreme close up pictures, or an affordable macro camera that can be used as a webcam..
If you have nothing to contribute, please find another topic for your negativity...

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Re: New guy needs macro scanner help..

Postby Guinness » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:54 pm

I found my own answer.. "Document Webcam" is a high zoom webcam capable of enlarging text and pictures from a magazine on to a projector screen. Some of them are as low as $20, but you get what you pay for. They use a USB cable, just like a normal webcam, but I don't think they have a video mode, you'd have to ask the specific manufacturer. The $20 ones are around 2MP, but with the lenses adapted for smaller objects, they are able to really make that count. The second option is a "USB Microscope" which will give you up to 500X zoom.. These too can be bought for under $50, but contact the maker for video capabilities. I got nowhere finding a decent macro camera capable of being a webcam. If anyone out there has one that can do this, please PM or email me the make & model.

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