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Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


Disclosed is an apparatus for making linear copies of the periphery of cylindrical objects. Frame 11 of cylindrical copying apparatus 10 is shown in Figure 1. The apparatus can be placed on the platen glass 12 of any scanner or copier 14. The two sides 16 and 17 of frame 11 have gear teeth that extend the length of the side of frame 11 to form gear track 18. Gears 19 and 20 mate with the two sides 16 and 17 of track 18 respectively. (In an alternate embodiment rubber tires, that replace gears 19 and 20, provide positive traction with a flat track surface.) The diameters of gears 19 and 20 are on the order of the cylindrical object 22 being scanned. For example, if cylindrical object 22 is a soda can gears 19 and 20 would have a diameter of approximately 2.5 inches. Object 22 is held firmly in place on kame 11 by knobs 24 and 25 that are fastened to molded plastic handle 27.