General Updates

{yuizoom onlineQuotingTreeUpdate-thumb.png|onlineQuotingTreeUpdate.png} Happy New Year! We have rolled out a new update to the online quoting system. Materials are now displayed in an expandable tree and are organized by category. We've also added descriptions for all of the materials.

The list of available materials has grown quite long lately: we have 77 different combinations of material and stock thickness you can choose from. There are a bunch of new materials coming soon so these changes make it easier for you to find the right material for your project.

I had missed this article until recently, when it was mentioned on the Make magazine blog. Anyway, it's an interesting article by author and design expert Bruce Sterling on what he calls "the router aesthetic," that is, building things using 2D manufacturing tools. I think he's missing out by not noticing the "laser aesthetic" or "waterjet aesthetic."

Read the article.

At Big Blue Saw, we want to give you the best service, the highest quality, and the most options you can find for laser cutting . Today, we're giving you more choices than ever before by adding 18 new styles of material designed for laser cutting and engraving.

These materials make wonderful durable signs, art objects, instrument panels, picture frames, keepsakes, and whatever else you can imagine. Read on for more details about the materials we're adding.

{yuizoom engraving/0125AcrylicClear-thumb.jpg|engraving/0125AcrylicClear.jpg} Thanks to the new laser, we're now able to support engraving for all laserable plastics, including acrylic, acetal, and PETG. The above photo shows 0.118 inch thick acrylic with engraving.

The photos below show black acetal and clear PETG plastic, each with engraving.

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We have also added engraving features to the Big Blue Saw Designer to support this functionality. There are two new buttons on the toolbar which convert shapes into an engraved design on your part. We'll have a tutorial on creating engraving with the Big Blue Saw Designer soon.

There are also a couple related new features in the Designer: a new text tool, as well as support for unclosed curves.

We have three great pieces of news.

1. We now have a brand spanking new 100 watt Emission Technologies laser cutting and engraving machine. This will allow us to process a whole host of new materials and do it faster than ever before.

2. We're adding a couple new materials right now which work great with the new laser: black acetal plastic and clear PETG plastic. Both of these are very durable plastics that produce high quality parts when cut with a laser. Look for more varieties and colors of laserable materials to be added to the website in the coming months, including wood products, plastic, and more.

3. We're running our biggest sale ever on laser cutting. ALL laser cutting is on sale now through the end of the year. You can save up to 50% or more off of our regular laser cutting prices.

Keep watching for more details about the sale and information about our new materials.