Back to School – Pocket Document Camera

It’s that time of year when students are heading back to school.  Here in Ireland, it has been 6 months since they last sat in a classroom or a lecture hall and for many, it may be many months more.

Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, Teams have all become every day tools for Students and Teachers globally. They have proven to be an invaluable resource for educators, allowing them to deliver classes remotely and safely.  But what happens if you want to show your teacher some work?  Well, you could hold it up in front of the camera I suppose, if you have a steady hand, but that’s not exactly practical.

Twitter user John Umekubo came up with a novel idea which he calls the ‘Pocket Document Camera’ and he uploaded the design files to Thingiverse so you can modify the design to suit your own laptop. To help you with this, we have converted the design to a DraftSight DWG file.  You can edit that file to suit your own laptop.

If you have access to a router or a laser cutter, then you can send your design file to that and use it to create the pieces. You may need to save the file as a DXF, but that can be done easily in DraftSight.  Just click on SaveAs and select DXF from the Drop Down menu.

If you don’t have access to a router or laser cutter, don’t worry, you can do it the old fashioned way!  Once you tweaked the design to suit, you can print it out on to heavy card and and cut / score the lines to create the shape and then use tape or glue to seal the joints.

It’s a very simple, but effective design, and like most great ideas, it was created out of need.  As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!

To download the DWG file, click here.

Learn more about DraftSight and how to start a free 30-day trial here.


MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!
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