Jigzilla: the puzzle solving robot (part 1)

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Published 2022-07-31
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I thought this would be an easy project to knock off my list after putting myself through the wringer with the automatic basketball hoop. I was wrong. This project is really hard. BUT that also makes it really interesting!

Some more details:
- The 5000 piece puzzle is the gradient puzzle from the play group: www.playgroup.design/
- More about telecentric lenses: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecentric_lens
- CoreXY belt design: corexy.com/
- Algorithm to determine point furthest from all puzzle edges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distance_transform

All Comments (21)
  • Huge thank you to everyone who helps support these projects via patreon. It makes it possible for me to spend so much time and money on projects like this. If you enjoy these videos please consider supporting them on Patreon at patreon.com/stuffmadehere so that I can continue to make increasingly bizarre and interesting stuff to share with all of you :)
  • You're a Renaissance man for sure! Not many people have engineering, software, design, storytelling, and video production skills. Looking forward to part 2!
  • SanT Dz
    "Solving the 5000 pieces puzzle would take about 10 years to solve manually. Thankfully, I made this robot that can solve it in 3000 years"
  • ConRon
    Im an engineer, I generally can see and intuitively understand what you're doing on the mechanical side, but I would love a follow up video talking about the details of the software and complexities that arent fit for a normal length youtube video.
  • Pepe Frog
    "This will allow me to see when it jams up"
    You know he's a fellow engineer when he doesn't even think if it'll jam. He already knows it'll happen.
  • Jared Owen
    These videos blow my mind. Well done Shane!
  • Antonio MD
    Problem: the pieces move.
    I think, easy. Just put some felt material.
    him: "I'll build a vacuum table"
  • Wooly Cow
    you are a true engineer...building an entire machine to make life slightly more boring
  • Niels_D
    Damn there is so much engineering in this. Items like the puzzle piece storage unit is shown in a few seconds but I can only imagine the time that went into that. Very nice work!
  • I'd be super interested to hear about how the software works (as a programmer) for all your projects even if it means you have to put it in a separate video
  • The fact that it takes him so little time to do each of his projects (3weeks so far on this one) is simply mind-blowing!!!!! Congratulations!!!!
  • Jacob Brown
    Thank you for showing that the process of iteration is messy! And anything worth doing usually takes a bunch of tries! It's refreshing in a world of Instagram filters where everyone pretends their end result was easy. This inspires me so much!
  • Cathnan
    Really looking forward to see how you're optimizing the code. I can't think of a way to split it up to more than 4 cores. But somehow I think a gpu could really accelerate this
  • Stuff, I know that you're making these videos available to a wider audience by toning down the science, but I would absolutely love it if you made follow up videos where you really got into explaining all of the theory and math going on here. You seem to skip over a lot of integration hell, but I think that's the most interesting part. All the pieces you wouldn't think would go wrong, and how to fix some of them. Someone else suggested a second channel or followup videos to help do both.

    Sincerely, the next generation of engineers who love what you're doing
  • CoQuickAg
    I can't wait for part 2. The coding is my favorite part. I know a tiny bit of how to use python for a few specific purposes so it's a joy to see that is what you use for a lot of this. :D
  • BlackCat
    I favorite part about these videos is scenes where Shane talks in front of his monitors. I love finding little easter eggs on the screens :D
  • alsmith20000
    This is all pretty awesome, it must be so nerve wrecking to engage with a project like this. You have to do so much work and can't be sure how well it will work out.
  • Guty
    I love your channel, as an aspirant to engineer I would like to know if your code is public and if not could you tell me what library/project do you use for the image recognition, if any.

    Thanks
  • jonas1015119
    that single motor setup to drive 20 different screws is so cool
  • This man seriously has some of the most incredible feats of engineering I’ve seen. I mean, the sheer amount of work he must put into every one is just astronomical. Many thanks for sharing them!