Have you ever thought about completing a puzzle, and suddenly you realize that there are more holes than your pieces?with [Nikolaos’s] 3D printed sliding puzzle, This will become a problem of the past!
The secret of the puzzle is the tongue and groove system, which captures the fragments while allowing them to slide across each other and along the border of the puzzle. The tongues are located on the top and right side of the part shown here, and the grooves are along the left and bottom. There is only one empty spot on the board, so the player must move the pieces to the final destination in an orderly manner. See this in the video after the break.
[Nikolaos] Designed a puzzle in Fusion 360, and used this as an opportunity to practice parameters. He designed the model in such a way that as long as two variables are changed, puzzles of any size can be generated. Once the puzzle is the right size, the image is added by importing and extruding the SVG.
Another cool aspect of these puzzles is that they are printed in place, which means that when the part is taken out of the 3D printer, it can be used and fully assembled. There is no need to remove support materials or bolts and glue multiple components together. In-place printing can not only be used for puzzles, you can also use this technology to 3D print wire connectors!