Introduction: Laser Cut and UV Printed Jigsaw Puzzle

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This week we're UV Printing and Laser Cutting a Jigsaw Puzzle! See how we quickly create beautiful custom jigsaw puzzles by combining these 2 technologies together. We use our TroGlass Clear 6mm Cast Acrylic on the Mutoh ValueJet 426UF and the Speedy 360 CO2 laser cutting machine.

Step 1: UV Printing

We cut out a rectangular piece of acrylic that is 19"x12". In the UV settings we pick "under-colour" and "white-on-colour", the reason we do so is because we want to see the image through (and behind) the clear acrylic - not on top. We flip the image horizontally because it has to be print reversed.

Step 2: Engraving the Front

We then put our acrylic facing up into the lase machine. We engrave the text and logo on the front of the acrylic. In the video we used the Trotec Speedy 360 laser machine with 100 speed and 70 power setting for the engraving.

Step 3: Cutting the Puzzle

In the artwork file you will see the red cut-lines for the jigsaw. After printing and engraving you can cut the acrylic - in the video we use 100 power and 0.6 speed for the cut.

Step 4: Assemble and Enjoy!

Take the cut pieces from the machine, enjoy the assembly!