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Natural Puzzle
A challenging wooden jigsaw puzzle with no image to guide assembly. Each is one of a kind, so you will receive a puzzle similar but not identical to the one pictured.

size: 7.75" circle
material: 1/4" birch plywood
number of pieces: approximately 80
About our puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles for the 21st century! Each generative puzzle is a one of a kind creation with unique pieces. Our goal was to marry the artistry of traditional, hand-crafted jigsaw puzzles with the possibilities of new technologies. Custom software simulates crystal growth to create an organic interlocking pattern. Our laser cutter translates this into a unique set of plywood pieces. These blank, image-less puzzles are extra challenging to assemble and also highlight the natural beauty of the wood.

To create the organic shape of the pieces, we designed a system based the simulation of dendritic solidification, a crystal growth process similar to the formation of snowflakes that occurs in supercooled solutions of certain metallic alloys. By varying the parameter space, it can produce a variety of cut styles. You can read about how our simulation works here.

Featured Whimsies - "Microscopic Life"
This series comes with a selection of figural pieces with the theme "Microscopic Life." Each puzzle is a veritable petri dish, teeming with special pieces resembling algae, diatoms, radiolarians and other minuscule creatures. A key to identifying the whimsies is available here.

For more information visit the Generative Jigsaws Project Page

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