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For over 15 years, Big Blue Saw has led the way in turning your designs into custom metal parts using waterjet cutting. Today, we're proud to announce the availability of fiber laser cutting for creating customer parts. Fiber laser cutting can offer important advantages over waterjet cutting, such as:

1. Narrower kerf, which allows improved fine details and inside corners
2. Significant cost savings on many parts.

 As of today, our online ordering system can give you instant quotes on fiber laser cut carbon steel, including hot roll A36, cold finished 1018, and others.

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We're still proud to offer waterjet cutting. In fact, it's ideal in many cases like aluminum alloys where the heat from the laser can create a heat affected zone and ruin the heat treating. Waterjet cutting also works on many materials that the fiber laser simply can't cut, like polycarbonate and other plastics.

Over time, we'll keep expanding the materials available for fiber laser cutting.

Check out our sample parts and choose a carbon steel material to compare the prices for fiber laser parts. Or better yet, upload your own design for an instant quote!

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Recently, Big Blue Saw was featured in Industrial Machinery Digest, with an article covering Big Blue Saw's past, present, and future. Here's what Russ Willcutt wrote about us:

Nothing has been abandoned while these gains have been made, though, Arthur says: “All of our customers were hobbyists in the early years. They were just excited to find a site where they could get the custom parts they needed quickly, easily, and at a reasonable cost. So they remain a central part of our business, as they will.”



At the same time, Big Blue Saw has expanded its horizons, collaborating with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Microsoft, for instance, leading a field of big-name enterprises attracted to the company’s business model and output.

We're grateful to Russ and IMD for writing such a nice profile. Check out the full article at Industrial Machinery Digest.

Widespread raw material shortages and price increases have been in the news for months. Many of you are probably experiencing this directly in your businesses or personal lives. Here at Big Blue Saw, these market disruptions have affected not only the cost of the metals and plastics we use for your parts, but also consumables like the garnet sand that is necessary for our work. These raw materials are one of our biggest expenses.

At Big Blue Saw, we are dedicated to making custom parts in the USA, providing excellent personalized service, and paying fair wages to our employees. But when all of our suppliers have substantially increased prices and lead times this year, we need to make adjustments to support our vision of making it as easy as possible to turn your ideas into custom parts. Starting August 16, 2021, all orders will be subject to a Material Market Fee of 6%. This temporary change will remain until the market returns to normal.

Thank you for your continued support of Big Blue Saw. We wanted to create a company that we were excited to work for, and we couldn’t have done that without your projects and suggestions. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or ideas.

Free Shipping Thru August 1 With Coupon Code

Now through August 1, save at Big Blue Saw with FREE SHIPPING. Use our online ordering system to place your order. Use code FS2021 when checking out on your order of $125 or more and get free shipping!

Free shipping applies to online orders of waterjet, low-taper, or laser cut parts. Free shipping is available to the USA only on orders less than 149 pounds.

Upload your designs and get an instant quote now. Hurry, these savings won't last.

BattleBots+BigBlueSaw Sponsorship2021

BattleBots is more popular than ever and Big Blue Saw is proud to be sponsoring 3 teams this year that hope to compete for the biggest prize in combat robotics: the Giant Nut!

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First up is Whiplash, from Team Fast Electric Robots, captained  Jeff Vasquez out of Thousand Oaks, California. This bot is looking to best its 2020 performance, when it made it all the way to the finals, finishing in 2nd place. Look for details on the AR500 custom parts that Big Blue Saw made for the 2021 version of this robot in the coming weeks and months.

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Next up is Overhaul from Equals Zero Robotics. This team was out of the competition during the turbulent year 2020, but hopes to make a comeback in 2021. Charles Guan, creator of Overhaul and team captain, lives just around the corner from Big Blue Saw's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We've written before about sprockets and other parts we created for Overhaul.

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And finally, we have Gigabyte, from the Robotic Death Company. John Mladenik out of Oceanside, California captains this team. Gigabyte features a rotating metal shell which gave it 7 wins, all by knockout, in 2020. We're preparing a bunch of aluminum frame pieces, as well as AR500 weapon teeth for this dangerous robot.

Whether you're building with custom alloys for destructive high-tech machines, or need custom parts for a more pedestrian project, we've got you covered. Contact us!