Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

This forum is for general discussion about Aspire
User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Has anyone come across any Jig Saw Puzzle Software that will let you create puzzles of various piece counts? I found one quite a while back and cannot find it again... (I am not talking about all the online, upload you photo and make a puzzle programs...)

Dave
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

myozman
Vectric Apprentice
Posts: 86
Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:27 am
Model of CNC Machine: MechMate
Location: Demotte, IN
Contact:

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by myozman »

Dave,
Here a couple vectors
Attachments
puzzle-56.dxf
(198.17 KiB) Downloaded 345 times
puzzle-100.dxf
(315.7 KiB) Downloaded 264 times
MechMate Owner/ Operator #16

User avatar
Turtle49
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 1482
Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:11 pm
Model of CNC Machine: 4' EZ-Router and Blurry customs SK25
Location: Holland, MI. U.S.A
Contact:

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by Turtle49 »

I don't own it, but here is a Corel draw add on that does what I think you want.
http://www.oberonplace.com/products/jigsaw/index.htm

Hope this helps,
Tim
:)
Tim Hornshaw
www.HornshawWoodWorks.com

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Tim,

Thanks!

I have CorelDRAW x4, so I will take a look at it.

Dave
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
RoutnAbout
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 2078
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:09 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Old Bot with a Rope Pull Start Spindle
Location: North Manchester, Indiana

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by RoutnAbout »

Dave,
I used one of the free online sites to generate an 8 piece puzzle. I forget the site, it was a couple of years back
But after creating the puzzle, I scattered them around the puzzle screen and then used FGWndGrab to capture the screen.
Then imported the photo of the scattered puzzle pieces.
Traced them.
Then manually edited the trace to make sure the vectors were smooth and was able to use a 1/4" cutter.

I then manually nested the pieces.
Used double face carpet tape to hold the material (4.5 x 8" x 1/4 walnut)
Used a dremel tool with a small sanding wheel to sand and smooth the side/edges of the puzzle pieces.
They fit just snug enough they wouldn't fall apart.

With the puzzle put together I placed them in a jig, using a wedge on two sides to make sure the puzzle was tight.
Then Vcarved a nativity scene on one side and a snowman on the other.
After repeating the process 20 times, and finishing them, I sent them out as Wooden Christmas cards, there were also able to use them as a tree ornament.
I've uploaded the 8 piece puzzle as a eps.
Attachments
8 Piece Puzzle.eps
(12.19 KiB) Downloaded 230 times
Roll of Honor <-- Never Forget
________
Don

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

myozman wrote:Dave,
Here a couple vectors
I tried to open these and I got error messages. I will try again later... after getting some sleep.

Thanks!
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Don,

I am going to take a real close look at that link!

Thanks,

Dave
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Well... I took a run at creating a puzzle from scratch using my CAD program. Took some messing around, but, with some practice, I think I can get reasonably proficient.

I have not cut it out yet, but if anyone does, post a picture here!

I like all the links and attachments... it's a good time of the year to maybe start a Jig Saw Puzzle thread... :wink:

Let's keep it going!

Dave
Attachments
Jig Saw Puzzle.jpg
Jig Saw Test.crv3d
(548.5 KiB) Downloaded 197 times
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
RoutnAbout
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 2078
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:09 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Old Bot with a Rope Pull Start Spindle
Location: North Manchester, Indiana

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by RoutnAbout »

SuperDave,
I downloaded your 56 piece puzzle and it looks like a fun to put together.
The biggest problem I see with these puzzle pieces are around the male tabs where they meet the body of the piece.
Even using a 1/16 bit you'll end up doing a lot of hand work.
But I may try a few of these this weekend.
Roll of Honor <-- Never Forget
________
Don

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Don,

That's a good point. I made an outside tool-path with a 1/16" bit, but in the real world, it might be exactly as you say. I did try to get the male-to-female to interlock just a tad, just so the pieces would stay together.

Give us some feedback if you try it and I can make allowances where needed to try and remedy any tight spots.

Dave
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
RoutnAbout
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 2078
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:09 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Old Bot with a Rope Pull Start Spindle
Location: North Manchester, Indiana

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by RoutnAbout »

Dave, By using the Show Solid gives a quick easy way to see what kind of fit you will end up with or a more accurate term is how much hand work is left to do.
Attachments
screencap_037.jpg
Roll of Honor <-- Never Forget
________
Don

tmerrill
Vectric Archimage
Posts: 4797
Joined: Thu May 18, 2006 3:24 pm
Model of CNC Machine: ShopBot
Location: North Carolina

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by tmerrill »

It looks like using the Male part of the Auto Inlay tool will automatically match profiles.

In the picture below the top row of pieces were cut with a profile outside toolpath and need work. The second row was cut using the Auto Inlay tool, Male and to the eye all mating surfaces match. What you loose with the Auto Inlay tool are the sharp, well defined internal corners. Not sure if that is a problem or not.

The allowance offset could be used to reduce the overall size of each piece to obtain a good fit without it being too tight.

May be worth some test cuts.

Tim
Attachments
cutting out puzzle pieces.JPG

User avatar
SuperDave
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 236
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:25 am
Model of CNC Machine: Techno Isel 4896 Plus - Servo

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by SuperDave »

Took another run at a CAD model... trying to find a reasonable "routine" in drawing up pieces, so as to create more efficiency... getting there.. 1:30 AM is not the best time to do this... :shock:

If anyone cuts any of these, please post them here... with a critique.

Dave
Attachments
Jig Saw Puzzle 2.jpg
Jig Saw Test 2.crv3d
(317.5 KiB) Downloaded 146 times
"Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it."

User avatar
RoutnAbout
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 2078
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:09 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Old Bot with a Rope Pull Start Spindle
Location: North Manchester, Indiana

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by RoutnAbout »

SuperDave wrote: If anyone cuts any of these, please post them here... with a critique.
Dave
Well Dave, I gave it a try,
The 2 photos are of 2 different processes.
Male Insert Inlay profile.
Profile on the outside.

The Male inlay version rounds the corners off of all edges which will leave void spots in the puzzle. - Sorry Tim, I thought this was the key when you posted this idea,

The Profile on the outside gave me the best results, but cutter needs to be a slightly smaller diameter than the smallest inside radius on the puzzle piece.

Here is a link to a the first puzzle I made.
Attachments
Male Inlay.JPG
Profile Outside.JPG
Roll of Honor <-- Never Forget
________
Don

cac67
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 481
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:00 am
Model of CNC Machine: Joes Evo 3x2
Location: Ocala, FL
Contact:

Re: Jig Saw Puzzle Wizard

Post by cac67 »

RoutnAbout wrote:
SuperDave wrote: If anyone cuts any of these, please post them here... with a critique.
Dave
Well Dave, I gave it a try,
The 2 photos are of 2 different processes.
Male Insert Inlay profile.
Profile on the outside.

The Male inlay version rounds the corners off of all edges which will leave void spots in the puzzle. - Sorry Tim, I thought this was the key when you posted this idea,

The Profile on the outside gave me the best results, but cutter needs to be a slightly smaller diameter than the smallest inside radius on the puzzle piece.

Here is a link to a the first puzzle I made.
Any chance you could try this again with a profile/on toolpath?

Post Reply