In our previous article, we have introduced an online tool where you can really easily generate your jigsaw puzzles.
This week, we are going to talk about a free Inkscape Extension that helps you generate outlines which are ready for laser cutting.
Inkscape is a free open source vector graphics program that is a popular choice for creating SVG & DXF files suitable for importing into laser cutter software like LightBurn, RDWorks & Lasercut. It works best with Windows but is also available for Linux and Mac
But how to install it?!
Once you have downloaded the compressed folder, extract the contents into the folder where you set Inkscape to find your custom extensions. Check out Inkscape's official page for a quick guide on how to locate this folder.
Once you are all set and have restarted Inkscape (if you had it open already), you will be able to find the Lasercut Jigsaw Puzzle extension under Extensions -> Render -> Lasercut Jigsaw... .
Clicking on the extension, it will bring up a window where you can set your measurements and number of pieces at ease. Make sure that you hit "LIVE PREVIEW" before you make any adjustments, and that the "UNITS" is set to "mm".
We recommend that you see for yourself how each adjustment changes the preview of the puzzle! Have fun! :)