I bought the Atomstack A5 M50 Pro a couple of weeks ago after I got an idea to create jigsaw puzzles from my photographs. Since then I have been reading these forums, articles elsewhere and watching YouTube movies to understand how things work etc.
Today I finished the first puzzle, and although the cut is slightly off, I’m pretty pleased with the end result! I am getting an air assist and camera shortly, should improve the cut quality and make the item placement easier.
The board I am using is 2mm Birch Ply Sheets - Birch Veneer with Poplar Core (2mm Birch Ply Sheets - Birch Veneer with Poplar Core)
The photo paper is Canon Pro Luster (https://www.canon.co.uk/printers/inkjet/pixma/photo-paper/lu-101/)
The cut is done at 250@80% and four passes (this was the cleanest cut I achieved after the tests).
The process is short:
- Glue the photo onto the board (I used 3M Photo Mount, sprayed on both the photo & wood)
- Put the board in a press for 12 - 24 hours to ensure the glue dries
- Spray the photo and back of the board with laquer (I used Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative) to protect the photo and the board from stains and direct sunlight
- Let rest for another 12 - 24 hours to ensure the lacquer is dry
- Place the board backside up on the laser bed (prevents the photo from burining/ staining)
- Cut and enjoy the result
The hard parts are to align the photo on the board when you glue it, and then to make sure the cut is on the photo (because you can’t see it). I just used a square ruler to draw the lines from the photo’s edges and used those to draw the box on the back side.
The puzzle is A4 size and has 315 pieces. Funnily enough, I sent a picture of this to a friend, and he said he’ll buy the first one. When I told him that is the first one, he bought it!