After reading this thread, I started looking for a jigsaw generator. I found this older thread. In both of them there are some links, google found a few others. All in all, I wasn’t satisfied with the results, so I wrote my own. I hope this is useful to some of you as well.
This has seen some updates over the years (and an additional hex / circle variant), and is now hosted here: https://draradech.github.io/jigsaw/index.html
Jigsaw puzzle generator
Jigsaw puzzle generator v2 (now with rounded corners)
Jigsaw puzzle generator v3 (separate paths for horizontal, vertical and border)
Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying out out!
Goes into the GFUI just fine. No obvious issues… Checked it out in Inkscape too and seems good.
Wow! Thank you for your generous offering!
I don’t have a GF to try it with yet, but it’s on my list. Thanks!
Wow…thank you for taking the time to write this. I will try it out today on my other laser…
Very cool of you to share this with us. Thank you!
Thanks so much! Your generosity is appreciated
wow. that rocks! Thank You!
Many thanks. Bookmarked here and in Chrome.
This is great, @Draradech! Thanks for creating it so that the rows and columns are created from individual paths versus creating puzzle shapes. This is definitely the best approach to lasing a puzzle.
When I opened the file in Illustrator, it opened as one large compound path that all of the other paths (perimeter border, rows, columns) were contained in. When I released that compound path, I was able to see all of the individual paths. I don’t have a Glowforge to test with so I’m not 100% sure how it will handle a complex compound path that is designed for a cut operation; I know for engraving, the UI will accept compound paths that have a fill applied. I don’t know if it will drill down into the compound path itself to recognize the individual paths and use those individual paths for determining cut operations.
Maybe someone will load it into the GF UI and test it for us!
Is it programatically an additional step to create a compound path from the results?
This is really awesome! Thank you for making it.
If you’d like a bug report… If you take the settings out to the extreme, some of the tabs overlap each other.
Not sure how solvable that is, but just something I noticed when playing around with the settings.
I know of the overlapping, I think it’ll be a problem even before, though (very thin connections for some pieces). I just wanted to keep all options open. Minimum tab size with maximum jitter (or the other way around) is still useful, just don’t put both too high.
How wonderful that you created a generator for it! (I still just draw the danged things!) Looking forward to trying it.
What a great tool! Thanks for so generously sharing it with us!