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Document Camera Stand

by tcheath Oct 24, 2015
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I was looking for something to hold my phone up, so I could record assemble instruction videos, and this stand is perfect. I know it's not the intended purpose for it, but it looks like it will works really well for that. Thank you so much :D

Excellent design! This is also incredibly helpful for teachers in need of a low-budget document camera solution. Thank you for designing and sharing!

I am excited to hear that this product may be of help to you. I designed it so that an 8.5x11 sheet would fit underneath it but I don't see any reason why you would not be able to scale the whole stand up to any size. The real limitation would be the print area on your 3D printer. For your application, what would be a good size to have included in the camera shot on your desk? I can work backwards from that and recommend a scale to print the stand at so that the desired size would be achieved. As far as light goes, it will really depend on the conditions in the room. I printed it with clear PLA to help cut down on blocked light. I think white or clear would have the best results, other colors might impact some of the reflected light and cause the image to have a strange color tint. I did not have any trouble with shadows while I was testing the stand in a well lit room but also I did find a cool trick on iPhones to help in low lighting. First, bring up the camera app on the phone and switch it from taking a photo to the video setting. Then set the flash to the On setting. This will cause the light on your phone to turn on like a flashlight even when you are not recording video. I hope this answers some of questions. Let me know if you find any specific parts that might be a bit better and I can try to tweak the design. Thanks for the comment!

PS - I also added a photo of what it looks like in the dark using the flash on my phone as a light.

I personally have vision issues and have been looking at document scanners for school reading. How stable is this, and is there a shadow created by the phone in low light areas? Also, how big is the space under the scanner because a lot of scanners don't pick up enough space to see a full textbook. The price on most document scanners is insane, so this really is a much better solution. Thanks for the upload. I plan on printing it when I get the chance.