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Zoolophone: Animals as Musical Instruments

Recently I heard about a pretty cool project from Disney Research, Harvard, Columbia University and MIT that used waterjet cut parts to make a zoolophone: a xylophone with animal shaped keys. James Tompkin, one of the zoolophone's creators, was kind enough to pass along the DXF outlines used to make their version of the zoolophone, as well as the material and thickness needed.

I ended up modifying the outlines to be cut slightly. Also, I had to substitute the more common 6063 T5 for the somewhat exotic 6063 T83 that was originally used. Neither of these things affected the sound much as far as I could tell.

zoolophone outlines

For the stands, I used some small chunks of EVA foam. I had tried using various materials like thumbtacks, wood, and felt, but found that the foam worked the best. I found that placing the supports near the center of the shape gave better sound than placing them at the edges as the original creators did. This may have been due to the fact that they were using a less dense foam.

Take a look at the video below to hear my version of the zoolophone in action. Thanks to Steve Sparks for the audio production assistance.

Sale On Aluminum May 9 through May 11



Ready to save on custom CNC waterjet cut parts?

Big Blue Saw's sale runs from Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The sale features discounts on waterjet cut 1/8 inch thick aluminum 6061 alloy. (That's 0.125 inch or just over 3 mm thickness.) All orders placed online during the sale for this material will automatically receive a quantity discount.

Examples of Savings



This 21x21 inch robot baseplate is usually $114.40 in quantity 1. During the sale, it is only $56.05, a savings of 51%.


The nameplate you see above is typically $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale,  you can pick it up for only $10.60, for a savings of $81.50.



This gearbox side plate shown above normally costs $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale, you'll receive the quantity 10 price: just $9.93 for one piece. That's 89% off!

All the parts above are shown on our examples page.

Getting The Sale Price
You will need to order online during the sale to take advantage of the low prices.  Read about how to format your CAD files for use with Big Blue Saw. Or, for decorative pieces, you can use a properly formatted PNG or GIF file with our online quoting system as well.

When you've got the design ready, upload it to our online quoting and ordering system.

Wrapping Up

Big Blue Saw's sale is Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11. Save as much as 89% off on waerjet cut custom parts from aluminum 6061 in 1/8" thickness.

Get your CAD or PNG/GIF files ready and place your order with our online quoting and ordering system.

 

Get Ready: Sale Coming On Aluminum


Our Next Sale

Do you remember the last time you got a big discount on custom CNC waterjet cut parts? At Big Blue Saw we like to announce our sales early so that our customers can get their designs prepared before the big event.

Here's the deal: Big Blue Saw's next sale will run from Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11, 2016. This time around we will be featuring discounts on 1/8 inch thick aluminum 6061 alloy. (That's 0.125 inch or just over 3 mm thickness.) All orders placed online during the sale for this material will automatically receive a quantity discount.

Examples of Savings



This 21x21 inch robot baseplate is usually $114.40 in quantity 1. During the sale, it will be available for the quantity 10 price of only $56.05, a savings of 51%.


The nameplate you see above is typically $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale,  you can pick it up for only $10.60, for a savings of $81.50.



This gearbox side plate shown above normally costs $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale, you'll receive the quantity 10 price: just $9.93 for one piece. That's 89% off!

All the parts above are shown on our examples page.

Getting Ready
You will need to order online during the sale to take advantage of the low prices. Get your CAD file ready early so that you're not in a rush on the final day of the sale. Read about how to format your CAD files for use with Big Blue Saw. Or, for decorative pieces, you can use a properly formatted PNG or GIF file with our online quoting system as well.

When you've got the design ready, upload it to our online quoting and ordering system. Again, it pays to get started early to identify any problems with your design before the sale starts.

Wrapping Up

Big Blue Saw is having a sale this coming Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11. Save as much as 89% off on custom parts from aluminum 6061 in 1/8" thickness.

Get your CAD or PNG/GIF files ready early to make sure that you can order with our online quoting and ordering system. Check back on the day of the sale, and sign up for our mailing list for a reminder of when the sale starts.

BattleBots 2016

As you may know, I started Big Blue Saw many years ago to help scratch my own itch of building fighting robots. So I'm happy to make TWO exciting announcements today regarding season 2 of BattleBots, TV's top new fighting robot show.

1. Big Blue Saw is again sponsoring Aptyx Designs. Aptyx Designs built Bite Force, last year's BattleBots champion. They've got a big announcement on their Facebook page coming up soon, so follow them there for more details, plus great information about how they put together their robots using waterjet cut parts from Big Blue Saw.
aptyx

2. In other news, I will be competing AGAINST Aptyx Designs as part of Chaos Corps at BattleBots. Chaos Corps is an all-star team of builders including myself and Big Blue Saw Customer Advocate Julie Simancek. Our robot, Bombshell, packs a wallop and looks beautiful as well.
Stop by our Facebook page, click the Like button. Special thanks to our sponsor, SendGrid, for making this all possible.
bombshell

Get ready for our upcoming sale

 

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The online polls have closed. And the winner is: Aluminum 6061, 1/4 inch thick.  The incumbent sale champion was able to hold off a late surge by the upstart 1/8 inch thickness to stay in office for one more sale.

If you've been with us for a while,  you know how this works. Orders placed online during the sale days (Monday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016) will automatically receive a quantity discount for waterjet cutting from 1/4 inch thick aluminum 6061.

Get your designs ready now by trying them out in the online quoting system. Keep watching the mailing list for reminders, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus or right here on our blog.

 

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