General Updates

Casey Kuhns, a Big Blue Saw customer for several years now, is an undergraduate in the physics department at the University of Northern Colorado. I recently spoke with Casey about various robotics and aerospace projects he has worked on, as well as the tools and techniques he has used for design and construction.

Casey on designing parts for laser and waterjet machining:

I really do like using... 2D profiles for a lot of my designs. Mostly because it's just quick. Working at a machining center, it takes hours to set up your part: you machine it, you flip it, you machine it and it's real nice to just send out parts to waterjet or laser... A lot of my designs for robots started as flat stock; I try to use that as often as possible.

Download/listen to the interview in MP3 format.

Casey on using Big Blue Saw:

I've really enjoyed working with [Big Blue Saw]. I've been a customer for quite some time... It was always a dream to just get things out. I've worked with other companies before you guys were around and I always kind of got this e-mail tag... It's real nice to be able to take a DXF or drawing file, throw it on the net, get an instant quote, put it in the cart, and be done with it. It's real easy to work with, especially [at] universities.

From the mind of Erik Laughlin comes this amazing robot he created for the Mech Warfare competition. This robot was custom designed using using Autodesk Inventor 2011 and includes many black acetal parts laser cut by Big Blue Saw.


Erik tells us that this machine, called Draco_08, has 16 servo motors and took him about a year to design and build. Its impressive appearance is no doubt due to Erik's background in sculpture.


Take a look at these fantastic videos of Draco_o8 in action:

Read more about Draco_08 on The Trossen Robotics forums.


Visit Erik's new website at


I'm live blogging from the Ferst Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. One of my customers, Jamison Go (better known as Tony Stark/Iron Man), is up for the Inventure Prize. Watch the event on Georgia Public Broadcasting right now and vote for Team Velociryder for the People's Choice Award!

Text to VELO or 8356 to 22333 at the end of the show to vote.

You asked for it; here it is! UPS 2nd Day Air shipping has arrived. This has been a popular choice for our offline customer orders, so we decided to add it to our standard list of shipping methods.

Keep in mind that it will still take 2-10* business days for us to cut and ship your part, depending upon the backlog of work and the availability of your material. We strive to keep you updated on the status of your order, and UPS 2nd Day Air shipping gives you an excellent opportunity to get your parts even faster than before.

*Orders are typically ready for shipping closer to 2 days than 10, especially when the chosen material is already in stock.

We're happy to announce today two new thicknesses for some of our existing materials, plus a beautiful new acrylic that's great for lighting, control panels, and more.

New Thicknesses for Polycarbonate and Black Acrylic

You can now order polycarbonate in 0.06 inch thickness, as well as opaque black acrylic 0.236 inches thick.

P95 Acrylic

P95 is an acrylic that we were originally tipped off to by one of our customers who uses it to make beautiful electronic control panels. But our customers have had other uses for it as well, including lighting. Also, our current generation of business cards are laser cut and engraved from P95.


As always, if your project calls for a material that you don't see on the website, just contact us for a quote. We try to regularly add the most popular materials to our growing list of materials available on the website.