Our customer pemdas wrote to send us a photo of the keyboard he created with some help from Big Blue Saw.
The top plate was waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw from 0.063" thick aluminum 6061.
Here's what he had to say about our work:
Everything was perfect. Will definitely be using your services again for my future projects!
You guys made this so much easier than I thought it was going to be when I first started planning this project.
I keep thinking I should've ordered more than one just for the savings.
Pemdas also gave some details on the build:
I used vintage cherry blacks for the switches because I had a bunch of them laying around. They are linear switches and very smooth.
The outline was the easiest part! I used a tool made by a forum member named swill. I believe you guys worked with him as well for the water jet services.
My controller was the standard teensy 2.0 using the tmk firmware made by the another user named Hasu. That base plus a guide made by user matt3o made making the firmware super easy! No pcb meant handwiring which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
As for the keycaps in the picture they are a key set called Retro DSAs. They were from a group buy held many years ago. Sadly the only way to get them now is to purchase or trade for them second hand.
From mini cannon tech Alex comes this wonderful 1/10 scale cannon. Modeled after 1841 6pdr field gun, this may be one of the most realistic minitature versions ever made.
Many of the parts of this masterwork of miniature munitions were waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw. You'll notice that the carriage and fittings are wood and steel. We made many of the steel parts. Oh, did I mention that it can actually fire? Check it out:
Jay Doscher told us about another great project he's built with help from Big Blue Saw. Read more about it here. You may remember his previous projects from this blog 12.
I’ve been working hard on a project that allows me to take a Raspberry Pi 2 into the wild outdoors. While there are many cases out there that work fine in a cabinet or on a desk, I couldn’t find one that would work outdoors. I became familiar with weatherproof enclosures when I started tinkering with my Solarbot a couple years ago, but I needed more than a small plastic box this time. This time around I wanted something that would support my Solar Robot 7 (which is live on Twitter here), a Raspberry Pi 2- powered solar tracker. More on that soon!
At FarmBot.io, we’ve been fortunate to work with a fantastic water jet cutting service provider named Big Blue Saw. Big Blue Saw is attractive for us to use because they are an online-first service that really caters to their customer’s needs. On their website you can upload a .DXF file of your parts, choose your material and quantity, and receive an instant quote for free. If the price looks right, you can place the order right then and there, and your parts will arrive at your doorstep within a week or two!
Here's the FarmBot in action. See if you can spot the waterjet cut aluminum parts.
We recently got the following message from Aptyx Designs, currently the #3 seed and a semi-finalist in this season's BattleBots.
Want to see how our frame was built? We designed all of our aluminum unibody frame to be waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw! The frame is all 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" 6061 aluminum plate. By designing the parts with interlocking puzzle tabs, there is a strong mechanical joint even before welding!
This method allows for super fast construction, accurate jigging for welding, and a strong mechanical joint by having the zig-zag weld area, and lots of filets for welding.
If you design parts, you can upload them to Big Blue Saw and get instant quotes, including the material costs, and see how your design affects the pricing! No need for sending out for quotes and waiting, they are super easy to work with.
After all of or parts were waterjet cut, we were able to do minimum fit up work, jig everything together, and get Applied Welding in Mountain View to weld everything up for us! Welding thick aluminum requires a very experienced shop to ensure proper penetration and minimal warping. Eddie Irlanda is our man for welding everything!
We've been getting a lot of work for people creating custom audio components and DJ control panels. DJ Tech Tools user TABS created this excellent control panel using Big Blue Saw. He also wrote a nice review of Big Blue Saw's services.
Our price for a part like this is approximately $25 each, with the price coming down to the $20 range if you order 10 or more.