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Sale On Custom Aluminum November 20-21


This is the sale you've been waiting for: 1/8 inch aluminum 6061.  This stock doesn't go on sale often, but is wildly popular when it does. Aluminum 6061's combination of high strength, light weight, and low cost makes this a sale not to be missed. Simply place your order online for waterjet cut parts Monday, November 20 or Tuesday, November 21 and you will automatically receive a discount.

If you've never used our service before, this is a great time to start turning your designs into custom parts. 

Questions and Answers about Big Blue Saw's Sale On 1/8 Inch Aluminum 6061

  • What is on sale?
    Custom parts from your designs made using waterjet aluminum 6061 alloy in 1/8 inch (0.125" or about 3.2 mm) thickness. Low-taper is not on sale.
  • How much will I save?
    Orders as small as 1 part will automatically receive the quantity 10 discounted price. The dollar amount depends on the design and quantity ordered. 
  • How can I order with the sale price?
    Just upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system, and check out through the website shopping cart. You will automatically receive the discount price when placing your order. No need to use coupon codes or other tricks.
  • I don't have a design. How can I make one?
    Use your favorite CAD or vector image software. If you don't have this kind of software, check out our list of free or low-cost alternatives. Or read about how to format PNG and GIF files for use with Big Blue Saw.
  • I didn't hear about your sale until just now and don't have time to get my design ready. When is your next sale?
    Sign up for our mailing list to get early notifications about the next sale.
  • I have special requirements for shipping, secondary machining, or rush processing my order. Can I still get the sale price?
    To get the sale price, orders must be placed through the website. So typically we cannot accommodate special requests for sale parts.

Remember, this sale ends Tuesday, November 21, so get started by uploading your designs now.

Early Notice: Sale on Waterjet Cut Aluminum Coming November 20-21

Here's a heads-up for those of you who like custom parts and saving money. Starting Monday, November 20, and running through Tuesday, November 21, Big Blue Saw will be having a sale on waterjet cut parts made from 0.125 inch thick aluminum 6061. Note that this sale is only 2 days, so you'll have to act quickly once the sale begins.

Don't wait until the last minute to finish your designs. Get ready now by uploading your CAD files to our online quoting system.

Foreceps from Magnified Lab Solutions


Magnified Lab Solutions provides advanced tools for histology: working with living tissues under a microscope. As you might imagine, working with things on a tiny scale requires precision equipment. Magnified Lab Solutions' process for manufacturing high quality, feature packed foreceps begins with Big Blue Saw. We use their CAD design to waterjet cut the stainless steel blanks which ultimately become finished instruments.

foreceps cad

They do a lot of specialized work to finish their foreceps from the waterjet cut blanks we provide. Matt Sabater gives the rundown on all the skilled work they do to turn the blanks we create into finished products:

Starting from the water-jetted forceps blanks we variably work harden them. We like the tips and spring zone to have a different level of hardness then the forceps body. From their we move to initial finishing operations (removing burrs, marks, etc.). We use a custom manual press brake to perform the bending operations. Next the forceps move onto secondary finishing (graining, polishing). The most difficult part is maintaining dimensional symmetry throughout the processes (really just a careful eye and a steady experienced hand). Final steps are etching logos, shaping the tips, passivating, and inspection. Most forceps are just stamped and forged from two separate blanks. To do it from a single blank and add bending and work hardening to the mix is when craftsmanship really comes into play.

Sale on Custom Aluminum October 16-18

There has never been a better time to get started using Big Blue Saw to turn your designs into real parts. Starting Monday, October 16, Big Blue Saw is offering discounts on our waterjet cutting service. During the sale, parts made from 0.1875 inch thick (that's 316 or about 4.8 mm) aluminum alloy 6061 will automatically receive a quantity discount. Just place your order on our website to receive the discounted rate. Orders as small as 1 part will automatically receive the quantity 10 price, saving you as much as 75% off.

Image © Steve Brown Photography CC-BY-SA-3.0

These parts are cut using a waterjet cutting machine, a system which uses a high pressure stream of water and garnet particles controlled by a computer to manufacture your parts from solid sheets of material. Big Blue Saw uses waterjet cutting to make parts for everyone from the garage inventor to the biggest corporations. Here are just a few of the things we've made:

3D printer frames Head gaskets
Animal cages Heat sinks
Arcade game joystick mounts Industrial controls
Bicycle dropouts Industrial HVAC equipment
Business cards Kite fabric templates
Computer casemods Knife blanks
Control panels Lighting fixtures
Costumes Machining fixtures
Dashboard panels for airplanes and airplane simulators Motor mounting brackets
Dashboard panels for cars Motorcycle dogbones
  Movie props
Desk nameplates Nixie clocks
Drain covers Oil pipelines
Electronic bus bars Painting jigs
Electronics enclosures Prop replicas
Fighting robot frames Rope belaying devices
Fine art Signs
Fireworks control panels Sporting goods
Fixtures for science experiments Stencils
“Free energy” machines Test tube racks
Gears Trophies
Go kart frames Ventilation registers
Ground straps Video monitor brackets
Guitar capos Wedding cake toppers
Guitar frames Wheels
Guitar pick guards Windmill contactors


If you're ready to have your designs turned into real parts, this sale is a great time to get started. Hurry, remember that the sale ends on Wednesday, October 18. Upload your parts now to our online quoting and ordering system.

Early Notice: Sale on Waterjet Cut Aluminum Coming

Starting Monday, October 16, and running through Wednesday, October 18, Big Blue Saw will be having a sale on custom waterjet cut aluminum parts made from your designs. This sale is on aluminum alloy 6061 in 3/16 inch thickness (0.1875" or about 4.8 mm). All orders placed online for this material during the sale will automatically receive a quantity discount.

Upload your parts to our online quoting system now to get them ready for the sale.

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