Big Blue Saw Special Info

Big Blue Saw's biggest sale ever is coming next week thanks to 3 of our most supportive communities of customers. From Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21, Big Blue Saw will offer discounts on the following THREE materials:

  • 0.1875 inch (4.8 mm) thick aluminum 6061
  • 0.06 inch (1.5 mm) thick stainless steel 304
  • 0.125 inch (3.2 mm) thick aluminum 5052

Each of these materials represent something special to 3 online communities who have helped Big Blue Saw grow over the years.

0.1875" Aluminum 6061

This is the material of choice for the waterjet cut parts of the FarmBot Genesis. Interest in this robotic gardening machine is growing, and Big Blue Saw can help you build yours by cutting the brackets from aluminum.

Of course, this material is useful for a variety of other things as well: electric cycles, lightweight tools, aircraft parts and bottle openers to name a few.

0.06" Stainless Steel 304

This decorative and tough material makes an excellent keyboard plate for enthusiasts assembling their own custom mechanical switch keyboards. This group needs their keyboards made THEIR way and Big Blue Saw's online quoting and ordering system lets them easily order one off parts.

Stainless steel is renowned for its luxurious appearance and corrosion resistance, making it a great material for decorative pieces like jewelry, charms, and outdoor signs. And recently I read in the RioBotz Combat Robot Tutorial that stainless steel 304 has outstanding mechanical toughness as well.

0.125" Thick Aluminum 5052

The Astromech community is dedicated rebuilding and re-imagining the droids of the Star Wars universe. We first started to see some sales from this group back in 2013, but it wasn't until 2014 when CAD designs for various droid parts became publicly available that sales really took off. Word spread that if you wanted foot shells waterjet cut, Big Blue Saw was the place to go. We waterjet or laser cut a number of different designs over the years for individual hobbyists who want to bring their robotic creations to life.

The uses for aluminum 5052 extend way beyond robots, though. Its high strength, weldability and formability make it a great choice for lighting fixtures, control panels, and costumes, plus many of the other things on our list of waterjet cutting applications.

The Sale

We're announcing the sale a few days ahead in order to give you time to get your designs ready.

During the sale, all orders placed online for the sale materials will automatically receive a quantity discount.

Let's take a look at what this means for some of our loyal customers.

A set of farmbot brackets, waterjet cut from 0.1875" thick aluminum 6061 is normally priced at $178.00 in quantity 1, but during the sale will be just $142.70, or 20% off.

The Astromech battery box, waterjet cut from 0.125" thick aluminum 5052,  normally costs  $112.80 in quantity 1. During the sale, this will cost only $77.50, a savings of 31%.

The sample 60% size openable Alps-compatible keyboard plate, waterjet cut from 0.06" stainless steel is usually $92.10 for quantity 1, but during the sale is just $42.00. That's 54% off the regular price!

Get your designs ready for the sale by uploading them now to the online quoting system and checking for any errors. Remember, the sale runs from Monday, September 19, through Wednesday September 21. Get started immediately so you don't miss out.

CC BY-SA 4.0 Elekes Andor Ville de Montbard, France

Aluminum sculpture in Ville de Montbard, France. Photo CC BY-SA 4.0 Elekes Andor.

Computing pioneer Alan Kay once said "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." At Big Blue Saw, we give you the tools to turn your inventions into real parts that you can use today.

During our sale from Monday, August 15, through Wednesday, August 17 inventing the future is easier than ever. Parts waterjet cut from 6061 alloy aluminum in 1/8 inch (0.125") thickness and ordered online will automatically receive a quantity discount.

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6061 alloy is made by combining pure aluminum with silicon, copper, magnesium, and chromium in just the right amounts. This alloy has a highly convenient combination of strength, toughness, corrosion resistance, and weldability.  You will find aluminum 6061 used both for decorative purposes, like signs, as well as structural ones like on the BattleBot Bite Force, or the Space Shuttle.


The Pioneer Plaque was made of aluminum 6061. This plaque was designed by astronomers Carl Sagan and Frank Drake for use on the Pioneer space probes. It represents humankind's message to any extraterrestrial civilizations that the probe might encounter and thus is designed to last for thousands of years.

Are you building the next reusable rocketship or communicating with aliens? Or maybe just an electric go-kart and a welcome sign for your house? Have it made during this sale. Remember: the sale starts Monday, August 15 and ends Wednesday, August 17. Take advantage of the sale now by uploading your designs to our online quoting system.

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 Examples of Savings

This 21x21 inch robot baseplate is usually $114.40 in quantity 1. During the sale, it will be available for the quantity 10 price of only $56.05, a savings of 51%.

The nameplate you see above is typically $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale,  you can pick it up for only $10.60, for a savings of $81.50.

This gearbox side plate shown above normally costs $92.10 in quantity 1. During the sale, you'll receive the quantity 10 price: just $9.93 for one piece. That's 89% off!

All the parts above are shown on our examples page.

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Save Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20, 2016


From Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20, Big Blue Saw is having a sale on custom parts made from YOUR designs. All parts waterjet cut from 1/4 inch thick aluminum 6061 and ordered online will automatically receive a quantity discount. If you've got designs you would like to turn into a real metal parts, now is the time.

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About Aluminum 6061

Aluminum 6061 is a strong, weldable, corrosion resistant alloy. It's commonly found in where high strength and light weight is needed, and was used to make the frame of the Space Shuttle  as well as the armor and frame of the BattleBot Bite Force, sponsored and waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw. For the technically minded, the aluminum used in the sale will be the typical T6 hardness, which provides a good strength without being too brittle.

Aluminum 6061-T6 and waterjet cutting go together well. The low temperatures used in waterjet cutting mean that the heat treatment of the metal will not be affected and it will maintain its strength even after it is cut.

How You Can Save

To take advantage of the sale, just place your order online July 18-20 through our online quoting system. Orders placed online will automatically receive the quantity discount.

Have a look at our butterfly example, for instance. Normally in quantity 1, this part will cost you $92.10. However, during the sale it will run you just $11.30 for quantity 1, a savings of 88%.

Or look at this multi-part keyboard case. Normally when cut from 1/4 inch thick aluminum 6061, we charge $103.40 per set. During the sale, it can be yours for just $56.20, a savings of $47.20.

This logo design normally runs $92.10 when made from 1/4 inch thick aluminum 6061.  During the sale, it's just $24.30, or 74% off!

Get started by uploading your design to our online quoting and ordering system now.

Ed's BB-8 Internal Drive

This design is from and forms the internal drive system of a BB-8 droid. Check out Ed's BB-8 Build Guide for details and be sure to stop by the BB-8 Builders Club.

BB8 Drive



R2 Builders Designs

The designs below come from, the R2 Builders club. You should check the following threads for any updates or tips on using these designs:

Astromech Holo Projector Mount Top Plate

Holo Mount Top Plate



Battery Box

Holo Mount Top Plate


Astromech Center Foot with No Tabs




Astromech Center Foot with Tabs



Astromech Outer Foot with No Tabs



Astromech Outer Foot with Tabs



Astromech All 3 Feet with No Tabs



Astromech All 3 Feet with Tabs




These designs were created using the swillkb Plate & Case Builder. In order to make sure you get exactly what you want, you should create your own design and upload it to our online quoting and ordering system.

60% Size Keyboard with Openable Alps-Compatible Cutouts

keyboard 60percent compromise


ANSI 104 Layout with Openable Alps-Compatible Cutouts

keyboard ansi104 compromise



ANSI 104 Layout with H Cutouts

keyboard ansi104 h



ANSI 104 Layout with Standard (Rectangular) Cutouts

keyboard ANSI104 standard



ANSI 104 Layout with Standard (Rectangular) Cutouts and a Baseplate

keyboard ANSI104 standard baseplate



JD40 Keyboard with H Cutouts

keyboard jd40 h



JD40 Keyboard Plate with Case




JD40 Case Only