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Focusing Mechanism Redesign

A project log for Desktop Warehouse

Reducing waste by not just storing objects, but remembering and generating information about them.

Owen TruebloodOwen Trueblood 07/14/2014 at 19:020 Comments

Now I'm using a USB microscope and physically changing the focal point with a stepper motor driving a large laser-cut gear. Next I'll hook an EasyDriver I have laying around to an Arduino and start capturing some test focal stacks. Using those I should be able to finish the software that converts the focal stacks to 3D models. Less immediate concern is to package it more nicely so that I can orient and position it precisely.

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This scanner will be at the heart of a sorting machine:

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