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Whether your're building a robot, a research project, or an electronics enclosure, we've got you covered with this week's sale. Let’s take a look at the discounted materials on sale this week. The sale starts Monday, October 15, and runs though Wednesday, October 17. Here are the 3 materials on sale this week:

  • Aluminum 6061 in 0.125 inch (1/8”) thickness. Aluminum 6061 is lightweight, rigid, and weldable, with good corrosion resistance. It makes a fantastic material for baseplates, brackets, robotic manipulators, and much more.
  • Aluminum 5052 in 0.1 inch thickness. This aluminum alloy has better corrosion resistance than 6061 alloy and has the added advantage of being formable. This means that if you’re going to bend or roll your parts after waterjet cutting, this is the right alloy to use.
  • Stainless Steel 304 in 0.036 inch thickness. Nothing compares to the luxurious appearance and durability of stainless steel, so it’s popular for high end control panels, decorative pieces, and anything that’s going to be touched or handled. And this week it’s on sale.

Let’s take an example of the quantity discount. This 6 inch gear, waterjet cut from 1/8” thick aluminum, normally costs $88.80 in quantity 1.

CAD Gear
Original CAD design
Waterjet cut gear
Waterjet cut aluminum gear

During the sale, 1 of these parts is only $13.90, a savings of $74.90, or 84%.

Hurry, the sale ends on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Any order for these stock materials, no matter how small, will automatically receive a quantity discount. Orders must be placed online to receive the discount.

If you’ve never ordered from us before, there has never been a better time to try out our services. Upload your designs and order now.

In case you missed the news (or just watch BattleBots on Science Channel): Bite Force is the 2018 BattleBots champion!

Paul Ventimiglia and the APTYX Designs team pulled off a thrilling win over the powerful robot Minotaur in the finals.

Congratulations to the entire team from your sponsors at Big Blue Saw.

Previous articles about Bite Force:

From MIT and Ph.D. candidate João Luiz Almeida de Souza Ramos comes the Little HERMES Bipedal Robot. This robot was designed to help researchers study better ways to make walking robots. And João chose Big Blue Saw for te waterjet cut aluminum frame parts.

Take a look at these videos of Little Hermes in action and then head over to the official Little Hermes website to learn more. Ready to order your own custom robot parts? Try out our online quoting and ordering system.


We've been focused on big changes to our workshop and the website and haven't really had time for a proper sale on custom waterjet cut parts. So I'm happy to announce that next week we're offering discounts 3 different materials. Here's a sneak peek at what's going to be on sale:

  • Aluminum 6061 0.125 inches thick (1/8")
  • Stainless Steel 304 0.036 inches thick
  • Aluminum 5052 0.1 inches thick

Get your designs ready now and don't wait until it's too late. Try them out now using our online quoting system.

Those workshop and website changes? Keep watching the mailing list for details. It is a big step forward for us and for you, our loyal customer. I can't wait to give you the inside scoop.

On Friday, May 11 at 8 PM, be sure to watch BattleBots on Discovery to see Bite Force in action. Bite Force is sponsored by Big Blue Saw. We're excited to see the team try to repeat their 2015 win of the most coveted trophy in robot fighting: the Giant Nut!

Bite Force's frame parts were waterjet cut from aluminum alloy by Big Blue Saw. Here's a team member welding the frame together:

Cord cutters can watch Discovery via Philo or USTVnow.

 

 

We're also sponsoring 2 more BattleBots: Icewave and Hypothermia. Keep watching the blog for updates on appearances of all robots sponsored by Big Blue Saw.

Building your own robots? Try Big Blue Saw for instant quotes and online ordering.