General Updates

Acrylic plastic is one of our most popular materials, and with good reason. It's inexpensive, and looks great when laser cut.

That's why we're happy today to announce 6 new thicknesses of clear acrylic plastic in our online quoting system ready to be used to make your design. The new sizes are 0.06 inch (1.5 mm), 0.08 inch (2 mm), 0.125 inch, 0.177 (4.5 mm), 0.25 inch, and 0.354 inch (9mm).


In the image above, you can see the various material thicknesses. From left to right in the top row is 0.354 inch, 0.25 inch, 0.236 inch, and 0.177 inch clear acrylic. The bottom row has 0.125 inch, 0.118 inch, 0.08 inch, and 0.06 inch clear acrylic.

Most acrylic fans know that the clear polymer is generally sold in metric thicknesses. However, our new offerings include two standard inch thicknesses, 1/8 and 1/4 inches thick.


Shown for comparison, a quarter is about 0.069 inches (1.75 millimeters) thick, and a dime is 0.053 inches (1.35 millimeters) thick. So a dime and a quarter together are about the same thickness as our 0.118 inch (3 mm) thick material.

As always, let us know if you would like your parts made from any material that's not in our online quoting system, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

From our customer Rubbergunner comes this fantastic device. It's the first rubber band gun I've ever seen that's capable of fully automatic fire. It's the perfect weapon for holding off a horde of zombie officemates.


Here's a video with some more details about the construction of the MagMek-18, as well as a shout out to Big Blue Saw. We salute you, Rubbergunner!

This Guy has been in the news a lot recently, so I was inspired to create my own mask based upon the late 1980's comic book series.


The material is P95 frosted clear acrylic, and the design was laser cut and engraved.

Now I just have to decide is whether to become a terrorist or a freedom fighter.


Happy Vth of November, everyone.

Big Blue Saw's Laser Anniversary Week Sale


Did you know that on this week in 1960, physicist Theodore Maiman of the Hughes Research Laboratories fired the very first laser? Maiman's laser was created with a ruby crystal and energized by a flash tube.

We can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a sale on laser cutting! (And, just for fun, waterjet cutting, too.) On Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, we are discounting parts made from two of our most popular materials: 0.25 (1/4) inch thick aluminum 6061 and 0.236 inch (6 mm) thick clear acrylic plastic. During the sale, setup charges will be drastically reduced so that you can get great savings on small orders. For instance, you can save big on aluminum parts: our "butterfly" example part will cost only $10.20 for a single part, an 87% savings off the regular cost! To get started: upload a part design, design a new part, or learn more about Big Blue Saw.

Just place your order online from Tuesday, May 17, 2011 through Wednesday, May 18, 2011 to receive the discounted price.

After a few years of hosting the Big Blue Saw newsletter on our own infrastructure, we finally decided to let the real professionals at MailChimp handle this for us instead. If you've ever tried to run your own mailing list, you know what an incredible pain it can be dealing with bounced e-mails, mail servers going down, and the like.

I wish Big Blue Saw was half as easy and fun as MailChimp; so you should check it out even if you don't want an e-mail newsletter. And really, if you're running a small business or even just want to send out announcements to your personal fan club, it's a good idea to set one up. I'll post more info about my experiences with MailChimp once a couple newsletters have gone out.

If you're already on the old mailing list, you should be on the new mailing list. If you weren't on our old mailing list, or want to verify that you're going to receive the new mailing list, sign up below. We've got a couple great announcements coming up next week that subscribers will hear about first, including:

  1. The dates of our next sale.
  2. An upcoming promotion where you can refer a friend to Big Blue Saw and earn discounts for both of you.