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Sale On Waterjet and Laser Cutting

If you order online between Tuesday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 16, 2010, you can get great discounts on aluminum and acrylic parts made according to your specifications. Two of our most popular materials, 0.125 inch thick 6061 aluminum alloy and 0.118 inch thick clear acrylic plastic, are included in this sale. We'll be offering quantity discounts for any part made using these two materials. For instance, a single aluminum part that would normally cost $76.70 might now cost as little as $7.70, a savings of almost 90%!

Image We have added 15 new materials to the online quoting system. These materials include a variety of wood products like MDF, hardboard and birch laminate, as well as natural woods like cherry and red oak. We've also got EVA foam in a variety of colors.

As always, if you don't see the material that you want, just e-mail us, and we'll give you a quote.

engraved parts

We have added a new FAQ entry on how to create a part with engraving with the Big Blue Saw Designer. Check it out.

{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.