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LadyBug: A New Way to Scan Macro (Canceled)

Take huge and stunning panoramas of the microscopic world, even in three dimensions.

LadyBug: A New Way to Scan Macro (Canceled)

Take huge and stunning panoramas of the microscopic world, even in three dimensions.

pledged of $17,500pledged of $17,500 goal
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 23 2020
Last updated July 2, 2020

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    Show your Support + Digital Guide!

    If you've got a 3D printer, like to collect trash, and have some experience with electronics, what do you need us for? Make a LadyBug on your own!

    There are two main routes to do so --- Classic style with Blu-Ray/DVD players or Beefy style, by modifying a 3D printer. We'll provide software, original 3D model files, digital guides, and other schematics that you'd receive if you pledged at one of the higher levels.

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    More than I'd spend on a T-Shirt!

    You've got to have a T-Shirt pledge, right? I think of it as for people like my professor, who complained about having too much money. In any case, and for any reason, show your support and look hard-bodied at the same time!

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    Blu-Ray Mini Hack Kit!

    Turn your phone into a macro camera, play music through a microscope objective lens, fire lasers, run a tiny linear stepper motor, and more!

    This kit "breaks out" some of the components of the famous Playstation 3 Blu-Ray drive, two of which form the backbone of the "Classic" DIY LadyBug --- you will receive the optical pickup unit, or heart, of one such drive, as well as 3D printed connector pieces, mini PCB boards, and a guide to some of the projects you and your kids can do! Arduino/Raspberry Pi optional but not included.

    For more information on the many laboratory-grade optical and electromechanical components of the kit, check out the guide from my friend Sam: http://repairfaq.cis.upenn.edu/Misc/Blu-ray/site1/optics.html

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    LadyBug Classic! For everyone!

    You will receive everything you need to do 2D scanning, basic focus stacking, and rotating macrophotography of a a tiny (insect-sized) object! Standard USB microscope included!

    In the event of a large number of orders, you'll get something like a "mini" Beefy scanner, but based on a smallish 3D printer. Otherwise, the plan is for this to be styled like the Blu-Ray player based version I published as an instructables, since the components have already been sourced and the design proven. A bit of final assembly possibly required for shipping.

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    LadyBug Platform. For Photographers!

    Just like LadyBug Classic, Platform can use its included USB microscope to do 2D and 3D scans. But instead of moving the microscope, Platform moves just the object --- this means you can just place the whole Platform on a table, or under your dissecting microscope, and use the good camera and optics you already own!

    In other words, for a few hundred bucks, you get a 4-axis motorized positioning platform that can extend your field of view, rotate an object for 3D photogrammetry, or perform basic focus stacking. Perfect for the bug (and other small things) macrophotographer!

    Please be advised --- complete automated scanning functionality at this time requires your camera to be recognizable by a windows computer as a webcam. Platform can always be used as a standalone manipulation device, and there may be other ways to trigger your camera in tandem with it, but just be aware. These things are more experimental, and if you're okay with that, we'll try our best to make it work for you!

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    LadyBug Beefy. For Professionals!

    LadyBug Beefy is the latest evolution of the original Blu-Ray based scanning motorized microscope. Based on a sturdy CNC machine, use the up to five motors to fly around your object for visual inspection, or set the improved polarizing digital microscope to scan even shiny surfaces over gigapixel-scale areas at around micron-level resolution.

    Fit as a fixture in a laboratory, industry, or educational environment, LadyBug Beefy is a tool like you've never seen for the price for inspecting and taking incredible photos of electronics, insects, stones and fossils, coins, fabrics, forensic items, and more.

    Final product scanning dimensions not settled, but at least 100x100x100 mm range in X,Y, and Z, 2 degree steps per rotation/tilt control, and at least 100 gram object mass with full 3D manipulation.

    Customization for specific use cases available upon request.

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    The "I want it all!"

    One each of the main tiers --- a complete LadyBug Classic, Platform, and Beefy, with a couple of DIY kits thrown in for good measure. And a sincere thanks for your ultimate show of confidence and support. You know who you are.

    Classic and DIY kits expected to ship first, separately, in advance of the Platform and Beefy. Free shipping to USA.

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    • LadyBug Beefy 5-axis Macro Scanner
    • LadyBug Platform Standalone Macro Table and Motorized Microscope
    • DIY Classic LadyBug scanning microscope kit
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