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It's a whole new year, and a whole new decade. Welcome to the future, friends. With temperatures dropping here in the northern hemisphere, it's time to go inside and get to building robots. And there are also rumors that a certain fighting robot competition will be back for another season soon.

That’s why at Big Blue Saw January 2020 is Robot Building Season! We’ve got specials just for robot builders to make their lives easier so that they can get the custom parts they need: high performance materials and sales on our most popular stock metals!

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 All Month: High Performance Materials

Whether you’re beginner building a beetleweight pushybot or a veteran vowing to vanquish with 250 pounds of vicious velocity, Big Blue Saw has you covered. From January 1 through January 31, we’re making the following high performance materials available on the website for instant online ordering and quoting:

Material  Thickness in Inches 
 AR400 Abrasion Resistant Steel  0.125, 0.1875, 0.25
 AR500 Abrasion Resistant Steel  0.1875*, 0.25*, 0.375, 0.625, 0.75
 Titanium 6Al-4V, a.k.a. Grade 5 Titanium  0.032, 0.0625, 0.125
 UHMW Polyethylene Plastic  0.25, 0.5, 0.75

 Normally these materials are only available for a custom order, but during Robot Building Season, you can save time and money by ordering them directly from our online quoting system.

* Note: Our supplier's prices on 0.1875 inch and 0.25 inch AR500 are through the roof at the moment, so you'll probably want to go with AR400 in those thicknesses unless you really need AR500 for some reason.

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  • Titanium 6Al-4V is one of the best materials for wedges, armor, lifting arms, and durable spinning weapons.
  • AR400 and AR500 are great for spikes, spinning bars and discs, and armor.
  • UHMW polyethylene has incredible toughness and energy absorbing properties that make it the right choice for armor base layers or giant wheels if you’re HUGE.


For more on the uses of these materials, and how to choose the best one, I highly recommend checking out the RioBotz Combat Robot Tutorial by Marco Antonio Meggiolaro. Chapter 3 discusses in detail the best use of each of these materials.

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Four More Ways to Save

But wait, you might say, fighting robots are not my thing, so these high performance materials are overkill. If you’re building a robot arm, research robot, or task robot, we’ve got you covered there, too with specials throughout January.

  • Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 10: save on aluminum 6061 in 0.125 inch (⅛") thickness
  • Monday, January 13 though Friday, January 17: save on aluminum 6061 in 0.25 inch (¼") thickness
  • Monday, January 20, through Friday, January 24: save on aluminum 6061 in 0.375 inch (⅜") thickness
  • Monday, January 27, through Friday, January 31: save on aluminum 7075 in 0.375 inch (⅜") thickness

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All orders placed online for the sale materials during the sale period will automatically receive a quantity discount. That means that when you order as little as one part, you get the same price as if you had ordered 10.

Questions and Answers about Big Blue Saw's Sales During Robot Building Season

  • What is on sale?
    Custom parts from your designs made using 4 different stock materials. Each stock material is discounted during a different week. See the list above for material specifications and sale times.

    Low-taper is not discounted. The special high performance materials for January Robot Building Season are also not discounted.
  • How much will I save?
    Orders as small as 1 part will automatically receive the quantity 10 discounted price. The dollar amount depends on the design and quantity ordered. 
  • How can I order with the discount sale price?
    Just upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system, and check out through the website shopping cart. You will automatically receive the discount price when placing your order. No need to use coupon codes or other tricks.
  • I don't have a design. How can I make one?
    Use your favorite CAD or vector image software. If you don't have this kind of software, check out our list of free or low-cost alternatives. Also, be sure to read about how to format your CAD files for use with Big Blue Saw
  • I didn't hear about your sale until just now and don't have time to get my design ready. When is your next sale?
    Sign up for our mailing list to get early notifications about the next sale.
  • I have special requirements for shipping, secondary machining, or rush processing my order. Can I still get the sale price?
    To get the sale price, orders must be placed through the website. So typically we cannot accommodate special requests for sale parts.

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Hope your new year is a great one, and Happy Robot Building Season!

We were delighted recently to receive the following story from Jeff Snell regarding some custom stainless steel parts we waterjet cut for him.

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Less than a week before I was leaving on multi-week trip to Mozambique / Swaziland / South Africa, I broke a sideguard holder on my wheelchair. This is a super important piece: in optimal environments it keeps my clothing from rubbing against my wheels and getting dirty, in less ideal environments it keeps my hips from rubbing against my wheels and causing injury. Most of southern Africa falls under the less ideal environment for wheelchairs. The big problem for me was that this particular piece was out of production.

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I had used Big Blue Saw's regular speed services in the past and been pleased with the experience. I noticed the QuickSaw Rush Order option; so I quickly knocked out a model in Sketchup, exported to DXF using a Sketchup extension, and sent the email. Seven hours later I was contacted by Julie, who was very helpful in selecting materials they had on hand and staying on top of the QuickSaw shipment.

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The pieces were delivered two days later! I drilled out the holes to my specs and mounted the new pieces that evening. Because of Julie's quick turnaround, I had almost a full day to test out the mounts and was very happy with their precision and stiffness (the previous were constructed from aluminum and had been a bit floppy for years).

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I likely could have made due with the broken sideguard mounts, but the experience would have been more difficult and problematic. It was additionally reassuring having competent sideguards with my wheelchair taking a beating in the cargo hold of planes and hanging off the back of Land Cruisers for several days. I can't thank Big Blue Saw and Julie enough for the quick turnaround. I'm a permanent customer, but next time with a little longer turnaround time.

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Cyber Week savings continue all this week at Big Blue Saw with FREE SHIPPING on custom waterjet cut parts. Use our online ordering system to place your order for waterjet cut parts totaling $150 or more. When you check out choose "Waterjet Free Shipping Special" to get free shipping to anywhere in the USA!

These savings end Friday, December 6. Upload your design now to get free shipping.

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This year, Big Blue Saw is offering discounts on waterjet cutting on Cyber Monday, December 2. Just enter coupon code CYBER2019 to save 15% on any waterjet cut order placed online. Plus, order $150 or more in waterjet cut parts and get free shipping to the USA. This offer is good only Monday, December 2 and is for online orders of waterjet cut (not low-taper) parts only.

Questions and Answers about Big Blue Saw's Cyber Monday 2019 Sale

  • What is on sale?
    Custom waterjet cut parts from your designs. Low-taper is not on sale. 
  • How much will I save?
    Save 15% on all waterjet cut parts when placing your order through our online quoting and ordering system. Plus, orders of $150 or more of waterjet cut parts are eligible for free shipping in the USA.
  • How can I order with the discount?
    Just upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system, and check out through the website shopping cart. Use coupon code CYBER2019 to receive the discount. For free shipping, order $150 or more in waterjet cut parts and choose the "Waterjet Free Shipping Special" option.
  • I don't have a design. How can I make one?
    Use your favorite CAD or vector image software. If you don't have this kind of software, check out our list of free or low-cost alternatives. Also, be sure to  read about how to format your CAD files for use with Big Blue Saw
  • I didn't hear about your sale until just now and don't have time to get my design ready. When is your next sale?
    Sign up for our mailing list to get early notifications about the next sale.
  • I have special requirements for shipping, secondary machining, or rush processing my order. Can I still get the sale price?
    To get the sale price, orders must be placed through the website. So typically we cannot accommodate special requests for sale parts.

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This great deal is only for Cyber Monday, so upload your designs and order now!

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This year, Big Blue Saw is offering discounts on waterjet cutting on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and all through the weekend! Just enter coupon code CYBER2019 to save 15% on any waterjet cut order placed online. Plus, order $150 or more in waterjet cut parts and get free shipping to the USA. This offer is good through Monday, December 2 and is for online orders of waterjet cut (not low-taper) parts only.

Questions and Answers about Big Blue Saw's Black Friday 2019 Sale

  • What is on sale?
    Custom waterjet cut parts from your designs. Low-taper is not on sale. 
  • How much will I save?
    Save 15% on all waterjet cut parts when placing your order through our online quoting and ordering system. Plus, orders of $150 or more of waterjet cut parts are eligible for free shipping in the USA.
  • How can I order with the discount?
    Just upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system, and check out through the website shopping cart. Use coupon code CYBER2019 to receive the discount. For free shipping, order $150 or more in waterjet cut parts and choose the "Waterjet Free Shipping Special" option.
  • I don't have a design. How can I make one?
    Use your favorite CAD or vector image software. If you don't have this kind of software, check out our list of free or low-cost alternatives. Also, be sure to  read about how to format your CAD files for use with Big Blue Saw
  • I didn't hear about your sale until just now and don't have time to get my design ready. When is your next sale?
    Sign up for our mailing list to get early notifications about the next sale.
  • I have special requirements for shipping, secondary machining, or rush processing my order. Can I still get the sale price?
    To get the sale price, orders must be placed through the website. So typically we cannot accommodate special requests for sale parts.

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Please keep in mind that the Big Blue Saw offices will be closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday so that all of our employees can spend time with their families. The website runs 24/7, so you can order any time.

Happy Thanksgiving!