Big  Blue Saw


Starting April 18, 2022, quoting and ordering will begin moving from Big Blue Saw to the Xometry website. You'll continue to be able to get fast service and instant quotes, in addition addition to a whole host of new materials and manufacturing processes!

butterflies from Big Blue Saw

Big Blue Saw makes it easy to turn your designs into real parts made from metal, plastic, or wood. Our website gives you an instant quote on dozens of materials. Our customers range from engineers, students, roboticists, and automobile enthusiasts, to lighting designers, crafters, artists, and sign makers.

Selected Customers

The typical waterjet companies around here have the traditional quoting system. where you send them a paper drawing, you wait 3 weeks, the guy contacts you with a formal quote and it's just way too slow. In 3 weeks we usually have robots designed and built. Ray Russell - Founder, RoPro Design

Custom Parts Quickly and Simply

We make it easy and fast to turn your idea into a real, tangible part. Here's how it works:

butterflies from Big Blue Saw
  1. Create a design using the Big Blue Saw Designer or your favorite design software.
  2. Upload your design to our website to get an instant price quote and to order.
  3. We will ship you your custom metal, plastic, wood, or fabric object, typically within 2-10 business days.

Big Blue Saw makes your parts using a variety of the latest high-tech production techniques, including laser cutting and waterjet cutting (including low-taper waterjet cutting). In addition, we offer a variety of finishing options to help make your parts look their best.

character Li from Big Blue Saw

Our online ordering system gives your a huge range of materials to choose from, and we can work with many more; just ask us if you don't find what you're looking for.

We offer rapid, friendly service and great prices (find out how Big Blue Saw determines prices).

The 6061 aluminum waterjet parts just arrived and they are perfect in every way. Thanks for your help, prompt service and shipping. I am super impressed and will be telling others for sure!

Noah Davis - Manager, Solar In the Schools

Custom Parts Delivered Right to Your door

Medusa Casemod by Kasey Fleming

Big Blue Saw ships parts right from our workshop to your door. No more driving across town or arranging for a pick-up. We offer a variety of shipping options, including overnight delivery.

If you're outside the US or Canada, contact us for a custom quote on shipping to your location.

Use Your Favorite Design Software with Big Blue Saw

Image If, like many of our customers, you are already proficient in some particular software package for design, Big Blue Saw has you covered, too. We support instant online quoting for a variety of file types.

Read about the software we recommend for creating files for use with Big Blue Saw's online quoting and ordering system.

If you use a raster-based tool such as Photoshop, The GIMP, or Windows Paint, learn how to format your raster (PNG, GIF) files for Big Blue Saw's online quoting system. CAD Design

If you use a vector-based tool (like Inkscape, AutoCAD, or SolidEdge) that can create DXF files, find out how to format your CAD files for Big Blue Saw's online quoting system.

Congratulations on a great website and service! It is something we've needed for quite awhile in the prototyping industry. We work with another local water jetter [...]. We have already sent and received parts from Big Blue in the time that it has taken them just to get us a quote. Keep up the great work! Russell Kirk - Customer

See Projects Created By Our Customers


Image What is Big Blue Saw good for? Take a look at some of the wonderful things our customers have created with the help of Big Blue Saw.

Just received the frame as well as the scrap titanium. Came out perfect, I'm very impressed with the tolerance and low taper. [...] I will definitely be coming back with a many more projects. Sean McKeown Team Disaster Area

Try a Sample File

Are you interested in seeing Big Blue Saw's online quoting system in action, but don't yet have a design ready?


Get prices for our "butterfly": 1.95 x 1.8 inches.


Get prices for our control panel: 12 x 8 inches.

See more example parts...

I was very pleased with the say everything came out. I think the anodizing... worked very well and really gives it a nice look to it. I was very happy with the waterjet cutting... I've seen the pre-manufactured ones that you can get from the manufacturer and I think [the custom waterjet brackets] hold up just as well. Clay Benning, The Alliance Theatre

What the World Is Saying About Big Blue Saw

Roko Quad

Don't take our word for it. Here's what others around the web are writing about Big Blue Saw:

  • Make Magazine Blog / Article 2: "Big Blue Saw is a new site that lets you create parts out of metal or plastic. You use your favorite CAD program to design a part, then upload the design to their site to get a rendered 3D image, and a quote."
  • Toolmonger: "We, on the other hand, dream about having our own waterjet cutting rig. But until that lottery-wining day comes, there’s always Big Blue Saw."
  • Bob Dold: Design of an electrically assisted human powered trike
  • Trossen Robotics: Hagetaka: A Bipedal Combat Robot custom aluminum chassis machined by sponsor Big Blue Saw
  • Todd Kumpf, Audio Infuser 4700 "I first had Big Blue Saw create a prototype out of acrylic so I could double check that my design and cutouts would work. After doing some test fits and making much-needed adjustments, I sent away for the parts to be cut out of Aluminum 6061. That was the easy part."
  • Shane Colton of MIT: "It's always fun to see your 3D model almost instantly become a real thing."
  • Charles Guan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Equals Zero / Article 2: "By the way, Big Blue Saw is totally a thing."
  •, CAD/CAM, the DIY Builders Best Friend: "The Big Blue Saw CAD drawing program is free and easy to learn if you need a water-jetted part... I am very happy with the results."

Our Guarantee of Quality Parts

Big Blue Saw guarantees that the parts you receive will be the highest quality waterjet and laser cut parts available. If the parts you receive do not match your uploaded design (within the limits of waterjet or laser cutting technology: read more in the FAQ on laser cutting and the FAQ on waterjet cutting, as well as our general FAQs on parts) Big Blue Saw will refund or replace your parts at no charge to you.

Looking For More Information?

If you want more information about Big Blue Saw, try our FAQ Page or read Big Blue Saw's blog for all the latest news and information.

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. Casey Kuhns, University of Northern Colorado

A Note from Our Founder

I created Big Blue Saw in order to make it easier for everyone to have easy access to high-quality custom parts. For too long, it has been too difficult to get the machined parts you want at a fair price. I love building fighting robots and had a very difficult time getting parts made. Dealing with ordinary machine shops meant high minimum charges, sinking time into getting quotes, and often being ignored. I am determined Big Blue Saw to create an easy, friendly experience. You can ready more about why I started Big Blue Saw in my blog post on the topic.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at the e-mail address below. I wish you the greatest success on all your creative endeavors.

Simon Arthur
Founder, Big Blue Saw