I am having to create an animated 3D puzzle image and while searching the net, I was surprised to discover that nobody has made a plugin yet that will take an image or video layer and break it up into manipulatible 3D puzzle pieces.
For now, I can mess with an old project from a couple years ago, but it's not particularly flexible.
Seems like this might be something right up Zax's product niche/alley.
It can be done, but it takes some creative work in Illustrator to make it work. Essentially you need to have each piece include a frame element that's shared by all pieces then create materials that make the frame element invisible. Assuming you get the pieces in perfect registration, it'll work.