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2-in-1 Challenge Puzzle
This 2-in-1 puzzle is a challenge for the true jigsaw connoisseur. We’ve stripped away all the clues that people normally use to put a puzzle together. Like our Natural Puzzles, these puzzles have no image, so assembly is guided solely by the shapes of the pieces. We further intensified the difficulty by eliminating the edge pieces and whimsies that usually serve as helpful starting points for puzzle assembly. Finally, to make things even more interesting, we included a sub-puzzle embedded within the puzzle! Roughly 70 colored pieces distributed throughout the 400-piece rectangular puzzle can be removed to form a smaller, circular puzzle.

The embedded puzzle concept would be impossible without our technology-driven approach to design. The result is an organic puzzle that is both a beautiful, one of a kind piece of art and a perplexing brainteaser. Only the bravest puzzlers dare attempt the 2-in-1 Challenge Puzzle.

size: 15x13" rectangle and 7" circle
material: 1/4" plywood
number of pieces: approximately 400
packing: wood box

About our puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles for the 21st century! 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.

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.

For more information visit the Generative Jigsaws Project Page

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