Introduction: Free Laser Cut 4"x6" Puzzle


All you need is a vector graphics editor such as Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, CorrelDRAW, etc.
Inkscape is free.

Step 1: Find a Graphic

Find a black and white vector graphic or draw one yourself in Inkscape.
OpenClipart.org has lots of images http://www.openclipart.org/tags/b_w 

Step 2: Elephant


How about this elephant!
Right click and download the file as an .svg

Step 3: Open It in Inkscape

After you open it in inkscape resize it to 3.5"x5.5 so it can fit in a free sample from Outfab.com
Draw a box around it and make sure you set the line color to RGB 0,0,255 and width under 0.3pt as specified in the guidelines page

Step 4: Edit Box

Round the edges by grabbing and pulling on the top right corner where the little red dot is.

Step 5: Chop It Up!

Cut it with the bezier tool or use shapes to add and subtract the joints.

Step 6: Submit It!

Go to Outfab.com and submit your file to be laser cut.
You are done with your FREE laser cut puzzle!
All you gotta do is wait for it to arrive in the mail.

Comments

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plb36 made it!(author)2012-10-13

I am new to Inkscape, and I am not really sure how to do this. Can you please give me some more detailed instructions on how to create the individual pieces? Thanks, I really want to create my own laser cut puzzle. Please help.

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plb36 made it!(author)2012-10-14

Somebody please help. How did you get your pieces to look so perfect. When I try to cut it with the bezier tool it just looks all stupid and messed up. Somebody please reply and tell me how to cut it like you did.

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dimovi made it!(author)2012-10-14

You can use the union and difference tool in the 'path' menu to add and subtract the circles to/from a box

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plb36 made it!(author)2012-10-14

Okay, thanks for the help! Sorry about the excessive commenting, I was getting a little overexcited. Thank you again for the explanation and for the quick reply!

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plb36 made it!(author)2012-10-13

This is what I have so far:

alligator screenshot.png
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plb36 made it!(author)2012-10-13

How would I proceed from here?

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CrLz made it!(author)2010-10-21

Cool.

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Bongmaster made it!(author)2010-10-21

free only to US and Canadia

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dimovi made it!(author)2010-10-21

That's true, sorry I forgot to mention that.

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