I’m not sure how to finish it, so I haven’t glued the pieces together yet. I was trying to think of a way to get to get some paint or something in the carved numbers and text just to give them a little more pop. I’m open to suggestions.
I love that puzzle. I have a copy from dragon fjord and it is well made. I have done a little project on it too. I was curious and I made a script to solve it.
There are multiple solutions for each day.
I also designed some stls to print the puzzle too. But I never tried it and I never published it (out of respect for the original maker). I might try to laser it though. That seems like a good project.
Personally, I like the idea of just the laser cut engraving. I would try spraying it with shellac.
Most of the work was making the puzzle piece representation, and how they were placed, detecting collisions. Once I had a way to rotate, flip and insert pieces, I just started in the top left and tried to place pieces until a combination didn’t work. Then I would try the next one. If I couldn’t get pieces 1,2,3,4 in that order, then I didn’t try any combinations that started with 1,2,3,4 (early exit criteria).
This was all in python, and I printed the solutions to the terminal. But generally, it was quick (a few minutes could come up with all solutions for every day).
If I made a website for people to cheat and get a solution, I would probably just cache the results from the python script and include that in the website data. Then the web site would need to just have a place to pick a date, and present a solution.