2D and 3D Tangram Puzzle




This is how to create your own tangram puzzle which can be used to create both 2D and 3D objects.

Step 1: What You Need to Get Started

Materials needed:

1 x A3 Masonite Board 3.2 mm thickness.

Tools needed:

1 x Laser Cutter on 80% power.

Image of Laser Cutter:
Accessed on 29/08/2012

Step 2: Cutting the Tangram

Send the file as a PDF/CDR format to the Laser Cutting machine and cut it on the masonite board.

Step 3: Assembling the Container

Step 1: Remove the container pieces from the cut-out.
Step 2: Fit the side panels on to the bottom panel ensuring that the there is one.
Step 3: Locate the lid on top of the sides of the container.

Step 4: Making a 2D Object

Place tangram puzzle pieces on a flat surface to create shapes from the geometric puzzle pieces, make sure that the pieces do not overlap, but rather that the edges are side by side.

Step 5: Creating 3D Objects

Use the slots in the 2D pieces to press-fit into one another, ensure that you do not force the pieces together, the pieces will support each other on a 3D scale. 

Step 6: Packing Away the Tangram

The Tangram pieces:

2 x Large Triangles.
1 x Medium Traiangle.
2 x Small Triangles.
1 x Parallelogram.
1 x Square.

There are 5 sets of each of the pieces mentioned above.
The sets stack on top of each other in the manner shown in the image below.



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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I can't seem to upload the file to the instructions section but here is the A3 PFD file. For the puzzle to match up well use a 5mm or slightly thinner material. If you would like to customize a design on the lid then you would need to set the laser cutter to a slightly less intense setting, this will produce an engraved effect in stead of cutting right through the material. Hope this helps.

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    1 year ago

    Hi :) I can't find the pdf file you uploaded in the comments. Maybe they removed it? Could you upload it again please? Thanks!

    Thank you very much Cuan, I think this will work. now I can see the drawing in your pdf.
    I will try this and will let you know the result..again thank you for your quick reaction. and thanks for the nice tangram, great idea!

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    Hello, can you please tell me how to cut out the puzzle, because i can't find the drawing in the pdf file..do I have to send the complete pdf file to the laser cutter or what? I hope you will react soon because i will give the puzzle for someone's birthday. Is there also a possibility to draw a name in it? Thanks for reacting.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Can you share the digital file you used so others can make their own version?