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Big Blue Saw has focused on bringing our customers the best online waterjet service available. I'm often asked by friends and potential customers why we use waterjet cutting to make our parts. The waterjet cutting process offers several advantages:
  • Waterjet cutting works with a wide variety of materials, including nearly all plastics and metals.
  • The stock material is mostly unaffected by the cutting process. Little heat, for example, is generated by a waterjet cutter.
  • Nearly any two dimensional shape can be cut from stock material.
  • The accuracy is high enough for most ordinary purposes.
  • You can design parts using common 2D CAD or drawing programs, making it more accessible to non-specialists.
  • Its easy operation and simple design lower costs.
Our long-term goals do include offering other types of machining and manufacturing. Waterjet cutting does have its limitations, but I figured that it was the best technology to start Big Blue Saw with.


One of our customers sent has been working on a Nixie clock. Have a look at the results.


AKI International makes mannequins by assembling 2D parts into sleek human shaped forms. (Via BoingBoing)


The University of Northern Colorado Space Grant Team is working on a new rover for this year's DemoSet contest. You may recall seeing an article about their first rover on our website. This new rover features an aluminum frame with parts cut by Big Blue Saw. Casey Kuhns posted some photos of the work in progress over on flickr.

Our use of Google Checkout has landed us a spot on the Official Google Checkout Blog.