Is This Possible Impossible?

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Introduction: Is This Possible Impossible?

About: In 2013 I decided to try paper cutting as a hobby because it was inexpensive and I could easily do it in an apartment. As we bought a house, I started acquiring woodworking tools to create more projects. Later…

When I was a kid, I loved putting together puzzles. I decided to try and make a puzzle that is difficult, and by difficult, I may mean impossible. After many hours of trying to assemble this puzzle, I am still not done!

A friend of mine had made a puzzle out of clear acrylic that had no design and was just clear pieces that needed to be assembled together. At first I thought it may be a difficult puzzle and then I had an idea. I started by designing a puzzle with a design on one side of clear acrylic. After looking at the design, I thought it would be too easy to assemble. I wanted to make a puzzle that was difficult and possibly even impossible. Therefore, I decided to engrave the same design on the opposite side and rotate it 90 degrees to make it more difficult. This design has been the most difficult puzzle that I have ever tried to assemble and I challenge you to try and complete it!

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Step 1: Designing the Puzzle

For this puzzle, I decided to take one of my more complicated designs and turn it into a puzzle. I used a puzzle generator to create the puzzle pieces in combination with some manual editing to get the circular shape. I used vector engraving on this design for two reasons.

1. I wanted it to be as intricate as possible. Creating a vector line engraving makes it harder to see the design than a normal raster fill engraving would have.

2. Speed. Vector engraving the design is much faster than raster engraving and helps me make the puzzle in a fraction of the time.

Step 2: Engrave the Design Onto the Acrylic

For this project, I used 1/8" clear cast acrylic. I had seen a lot of clear acrylic puzzles just cut into pieces, but adding an engraving to a clear puzzle, on both sides, makes it that much harder.

Once I engraved the design on one side, I flipped the acrylic over and turned the puzzle 90 degrees. To make this as complicated as possible, I thought that offsetting the designs from each other would make it more difficult to see where the design is supposed to go and where pieces line up.

Spoiler alert, I was right.

Step 3: Cut the Puzzle Into Pieces

Once the puzzle has been engraved, the next step is to cut it into pieces. This puzzle had over 200 pieces and some are very small. After cutting the pieces, clean them all up so they are nice and clear.

Step 4: Test Your Skills

Now that your puzzle is made, test your skills by assembling the puzzle! I'll be the first to admit that I never managed to get it together after 10+ hours of trying. It was much more difficult than I expected. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. If you want to see more from me, feel free to follow me on other social media:

If you are inspired by this project to make your own puzzle, please share it here. I love seeing other people's completed projects. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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    16 Comments

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    ErikT2
    ErikT2

    10 months ago

    This is so awesome! My family loves puzzles. I have easy access to a great laser cutter. Guess what everyone gets for Christmas this year?

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 10 months ago

    They may hate you after that lol.

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    11 months ago

    You are definitely a devious puzzler! Great idea with a double-sided puzzle! The last almost impossible puzzle I had was one that was all pink with no known "edges" that came in a glass jar.

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    I definitely tried my best to make it as difficult as possible.

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    Reply 11 months ago

    LOL! This attempt is pretty good! Can hardly wait to see your next impossible one!

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    enkararpg
    enkararpg

    11 months ago

    Well, hello, fellow Whovian friend. :) <3 <3

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    I’m glad you see the reference.

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    enkararpg
    enkararpg

    Reply 11 months ago

    <3 <3

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    Yamiuo
    Yamiuo

    11 months ago

    Possible! Not in this life I guess ;)

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    I suppose everything is possible. I gave up haha.

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    Ethan Carter Designs
    Ethan Carter Designs

    11 months ago

    That's incredible - definitely impossible for me!

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    I still have yet to be able to put it together.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    11 months ago

    Wow! I want it. Looks like something from Doctor Who :D

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    Wow, you’re good. It is a Dr. Who inspired design. If you do want one, I do sell them.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    11 months ago

    That does look pretty impossible :)

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    Maker Experiment
    Maker Experiment

    Reply 11 months ago

    I can say from experience that it was for me.