The Month’s Scan of the Month released a series of CT scans of an instant camera set. These images let viewers see beyond the plastic exteriors to discover the inside workings of instant photography.
“ScanoftheMonth is about honoring amazing engineering that surrounds you every day, but often hides from plain sight,” Drew of says to PetaPixel. We uncover hidden engineering decisions by performing CT scans on these everyday objects such as the in-ear microphones found in AirPods and the almost screwless construction of a Polaroid Camera.

“These hidden details make the world around us, but engineers are behind them all, because they made these decisions, produced these products, and managed their manufacturing.”

Scan Of The Month has published detailed scans for LEGO Minifigures since its inception.

Scan of the Month selected three instant cameras for February: the Polaroid 600 AF and the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. The Polaroid Go was also chosen.

Polaroid 600AF

The Polaroid 600 AF instant cam was released in April 1997. It featured autofocus, autoexposure and light-dark control.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is now available at an affordable price. It features auto-exposure, a mirror, and a minimum focus distance of 0.3 meters for selfies.

Polaroid Go

The Polaroid Go was launched. The Polaroid Go is a small, pocket-sized digital instant camera with a rechargeable battery and built-in flash. It also features one-touch exposure and a reflective mirror on the viewfinder.

How CT Scans Work

CT (computed Tomography) scanning is used in medical imaging to allow doctors to inspect the inside of patients’ bodies to make diagnosis. CT scans are different from traditional X-rays that expose a subject or patient in one direction to create a single photograph. Instead of using Xrays in one direction, CT scans utilize a rotating Xray tube and rows of detectors to capture images at different angles.

Computer algorithms crunch these images and turn them into 3D images (tomographs), showing the internal structure of the image. This is called “computedtomography.”

Drew says, “Every month we scan things that we love and plan to venture into things we take for granted.” “We live in a world surrounded by billions of dollars worth of engineering labor, capital equipment and manufacturing power. We hardly notice it.”

You can view more images from the series and follow the monthly scans at Scans of the Month.