The 2020-2022 COVID-19 pandemic saw another craze for puzzles, according to NPR News, as people stuck at home due to quarantine or unemployment turned to something that could be done at home. inside to pass the time. Meanwhile, the puzzle-making industry itself is changing, as niche manufacturers try to produce puzzles that push the boundaries of what dissectologists think about when considering making a puzzle. . For example, manufacturer Nervous System uses computer simulation to create images of geodes or galaxies, or just random shapes, then cuts them into pieces that bear little resemblance to the soft, rounded holes in most mass-produced puzzles. Similarly, the manufacturer Yelldesign produces puzzles not on wood or cardboard, but on acrylic. And of course, with the advent of 3D printing, it is possible for anyone with a 3D printing machine to produce their own puzzles. The files for these puzzles are readily available online.
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