I'm trying to 1) print out a texture using a normal printer (for example, Mario's face), and then 2) use a laser cutter to cut the edges and perforate the folds. However, the laser cutter must be aligned very closely to the print-out. Even in professional printing, the cutter isn't aligned exactly to the print, so this isn't an easy problem.

These are the different high-level approaches I'm exploring, for aligning the cutter to the printer:

Note that there ARE hardware solutions that allow the cutter to align itself exactly to registration marks on the paper. However, these are fairly specialized machines, and many people (including myself) have access to a general-purpose laser cutter that doesn't have the alignment functionality built in.