- Parent Category: Big Blue Saw Blog
- Created: Monday, 16 May 2011 01:00
- Written by Simon Arthur
After a few years of hosting the Big Blue Saw newsletter on our own infrastructure, we finally decided to let the real professionals at MailChimp handle this for us instead. If you've ever tried to run your own mailing list, you know what an incredible pain it can be dealing with bounced e-mails, mail servers going down, and the like.
I wish Big Blue Saw was half as easy and fun as MailChimp; so you should check it out even if you don't want an e-mail newsletter. And really, if you're running a small business or even just want to send out announcements to your personal fan club, it's a good idea to set one up. I'll post more info about my experiences with MailChimp once a couple newsletters have gone out.
If you're already on the old mailing list, you should be on the new mailing list. If you weren't on our old mailing list, or want to verify that you're going to receive the new mailing list, sign up below. We've got a couple great announcements coming up next week that subscribers will hear about first, including:
Grant Jones of MAISON Atlanta recently contacted us to laser cut the clear acrylic discs for the very architectural egg shown here. It's a demo egg to promote an egg decorating contest being held to benefit Atlanta Cotillion and AID Atlanta. First place prize is a trip and hotel for 2 to New York.
The competitors' eggs will be on display from May 14 - May 27, 2011 at MAISON Atlanta (Grant can't win, unfortunately).
We are discounting parts made form two of our most popular materials: 0.125 (1/8) inch thick aluminum 6061 and 0.118 inch (3 mm) thick clear acrylic plastic. During the sale, setup charges will be drastically reduced so that you can get great savings on small orders. For instance, you can save big on aluminum parts: our "butterfly" example part will cost only $8.10 for a single part, a 90% savings off the regular cost!
Just place your order online from Monday, March 28, 2011 through Tuesday, March 29, 2011 to receive the discounted price.
Casey Kuhns, a Big Blue Saw customer for several years now, is an undergraduate in the physics department at the University of Northern Colorado. I recently spoke with Casey about various robotics and aerospace projects he has worked on, as well as the tools and techniques he has used for design and construction.
Casey on designing parts for laser and waterjet machining:
I really do like using... 2D profiles for a lot of my designs. Mostly because it's just quick. Working at a machining center, it takes hours to set up your part: you machine it, you flip it, you machine it and it's real nice to just send out parts to waterjet or laser... A lot of my designs for robots started as flat stock; I try to use that as often as possible.
Casey on using Big Blue Saw:
I've really enjoyed working with [Big Blue Saw]. I've been a customer for quite some time... It was always a dream to just get things out. I've worked with other companies before you guys were around and I always kind of got this e-mail tag... It's real nice to be able to take a DXF or drawing file, throw it on the net, get an instant quote, put it in the cart, and be done with it. It's real easy to work with, especially [at] universities.
From the mind of Erik Laughlin comes this amazing robot he created for the Mech Warfare competition. This robot was custom designed using using Autodesk Inventor 2011 and includes many black acetal parts laser cut by Big Blue Saw.
Erik tells us that this machine, called Draco_08, has 16 servo motors and took him about a year to design and build. Its impressive appearance is no doubt due to Erik's background in sculpture.
Take a look at these fantastic videos of Draco_o8 in action:
Read more about Draco_08 on The Trossen Robotics forums.