Canoscan 8600F Reverse Engineering
Yesterday evening I worked on modeling my scanner's lid. It was a lot more difficult than I initially predicted, although if I had to do it a second time, it wouldn't take me all that long. I think I spent about as much time pondering as I did modeling. I had a few "Aha!" moments, and found simple ways to create features that I had been going about all wrong at first. There are a lot of small, subtle design touches in this product which give it a striking look overall. Does the front face need to be slightly curved, angled, and beveled for the scanner to be functional? Heck no. But does it look really cool, and probably cost about the same to manufacture? Yeah. It just costs more to pay some industrial designer to figure out how to add those details. There is a lot more to the lid than what I was able to model, yet although I'm tempted to, I'm not about to dismantle my new scanner to figure out what it looks like on the inside. I wait until they break to do that. I still have the stepper motors from my old HP scanner that conked out a couple years ago. I'll make that egg-plotter yet.