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General Updates

Our Specacular Spring Sale: March 28 and 29


Big Blue Saw's Spectacular Spring Sale starts Monday, March 28. During the sale, we're offering big discounts on laser cutting and waterjet cutting of aluminum and plastic parts.

We are discounting parts made form two of our most popular materials: 0.125 (1/8) inch thick aluminum 6061 and 0.118 inch (3 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 $8.10 for a single part, a 90% savings off the regular cost!

Just place your order online from Monday, March 28, 2011 through Tuesday, March 29, 2011 to receive the discounted price.

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.