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Big Blue Saw Blog General Updates

Next sale dates

Mark you calendar: the next sale will be from November 20 to November 25, 2008. Details to follow soon.

Update: more details here.

New material: aluminum 5052

We have added aluminum alloy 5052 as a new standard option when ordering waterjet cut parts. This alloy is more suited to braking (bending) and other forming techniques than the 6061 alloy of aluminum, while still maintaining high strength.

MIT Go-Kart

Shane Colton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology e-mailed us to tell the tale of the fantastic electric go-kart that he and a group of students built with help from Big Blue Saw. It's electrically powered and features a massive steel flywheel for regenerative braking custom made by Big Blue Saw.

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I spent a while wondering how to machine a piece of steel that big and have it balanced. Waterjet makes the most sense because it cuts the center and the OD from the same reference. Anyway, we've got some really nice, clean data now from the regenerative braking circuit. (Imagine spinning those disks up to 3,000rpm and then pushing all that energy into a capacitor.) [...]

I and the group of high school students I work with appreciate the Big Blue Saw service. We've used it now for two summer projects (last year was a DIY segway scooter, which I think has been replicated a few times actually). We have six OMAX machines on campus, and I've used three of them, but it's still easier and cheaper (and often faster) from your site for many things, especially when you factor in material cost. More importantly, in terms of showing students that you can make pretty much anything without necessarily having to be an MIT engineer, it's a great tool.

Thanks for the kind words, Shane.

Shane further notes:

Flywheels this size are pretty dangerous. I wasn't that worried at 3,000rpm. But I wouldn't want somebody to go making a 10,000rpm version and have it fail. A containment is probably a good idea.

In other words, don't try this unless you know what you're doing.

New address

We have a new mailing address:

Big Blue Saw
2566 Shallowford Rd. Suite 104 #146
Atlanta, GA 30345
USA

Note that this is for correspondence, payments, and the like. If you need to send us other things, like materials for machining, please contact us for the correct address.

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