- Parent Category: Big Blue Saw Blog
- Created: Friday, 03 February 2017 20:48
- Written by Julie Simancek
I was interviewed late last year by Courtland of Indie Hackers. Read the interview for a little background on how I built the Big Blue Saw starting from a side project.
Our customer Tessa Gerwing was expecting a baby and wanted something special for her nursery. The little one was going to be named "Mollie Sue" and Tessa felt that she needed a sign to hang above her crib that was as unique as her little one.
Tessa e-mailed us with the handwritten design in the image below. The handwriting belongs to her grandma and namesake, Lonna Sue. It was then up to our designer to turn it into a design that could be waterjet cut.
The final CAD design is shown below. Note that the lines needed to be fattened for strength and the dot above the "i" bridged. As shown, the whole design is about 56 x 14 inches.
Long time Big Blue Saw followers will note that this is somewhere between the type 3 and type 4 signs. The words are separate like in a type 4 sign (this is easy because of the cursive writing). But the dot above the "i" is connected to the rest of the letters as in a type 3 sign in order to avoid having to install that tiny piece separately.
Big Blue Saw waterjet cut the design from 1/2 inch thick polycarbonate plastic. This material is light, but strong enough to support the sign's weight even in the narrow areas. Tessa spraypainted the sign glittery purple before hanging it on the wall.
Here's the waterjet cut and painted pieces installed in the new baby's room.
Mollie is doing great in her new nursery and enjoying the sign.
If you're interested in making a sign, read more about how to turn a logo into a custom metal sign, the different ways to turn a logo into a sign, and take a look at our gallery of signs and stencils. Then upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system or contact us for help with your design.
Customer Bill Craig of Piretti Fine Putters wrote to show us where some of our waterjet cut parts ended up. In the photo above, you can see the custom golf club stand they made. Some of the parts came from Big Blue Saw, and Bill had the whole thing welded and assembled locally.
The parts shown in the CAD drawing above were created by Big Blue Saw from 0.25 inch thick aluminum 6061 using waterjet cutting. We applied Basic Finish before shipping. (It looks to me like Piretti applied another finish after final assembly to closer match the vertical bars.)
If you want to show off YOUR sporting goods, why not take a look at our guide to Designing for Waterjet to get some ideas on how to turn your designs into a display stand using parts from Big Blue Saw.
Starting Monday, January 16 and continuing through Wednesday, January 18, you can save on custom waterjet cut parts from Big Blue Saw. Any order placed online for waterjet cut aluminum 6061 or black ABS plastic in in 1/4 inch (0.25 inch) thickness will automatically receive a quantity discount.
Let's take a look at how much you can save.
For the Ed Z style astromech droid drive, you'll normally spend $174.50 for 1 set of 9 parts waterjet cut from 0.25 inch thick aluminum. During the sale, it's only $139.10, a savings of over 20% off!
With the black ABS, we managed to get a really good deal on the material, so we're offering it to you for a very low price. Select the material "ABS Plastic, Black (Sale Special)" in our online quoting and ordering tool to take advantage of the discount. Here's a quick example:
The 10 inch X 5 inch baseplate design shown above normally sells for $93.50 when laser cut from 0.25 inch thick ABS plastic. But during the sale, you can have the same part waterjet cut for only $10.80. That's 88% off of what you'd usually pay.
Remember, the sale end after Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Get your designs ready and upload them to our online quoting and ordering system.