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Big Blue Saw has provided custom parts for the powerful fighting machines of BattleBots since the beginning. Some teams order from us quietly, not wanting to give away Big Blue Saw as their source. Other teams we sponsor as a way of helping out the sport and getting our name out to the public.

2020 was a strange year for everyone, and no less weird for BattleBots. After a few delays, BattleBots managed to put together a competition safely toward the end of the year. Now that the regular season episodes have been aired on Discovery and we're into the playoff tournament round of 32, let's take a look back at the robots we sponsored this past year.

First up is Ghost Raptor, captained by veteran competitor Chuck Pitzer.

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Ghost Raptor's season included a win over the technological marvel Chomp, finishing with a 1-2 record overall.

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 Next is college freshman John Flaacke's firefighting themed Extinguisher.

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Extinguisher finished the season at 1-2, including a knockout win against the mighty Gruff. Extinguisher proved to have one of the fastest drive trains and best paint jobs at BattleBots.

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Last, and definitely not least was P1, captained by Brandon Zalinsky.

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P1 finished the BattleBots regular season with a 2-1 record, including 2 knockouts, one of which was a dominating televised win over Smeeee. Unfortunately, P1 was robbed of a slot in the 32 robot single elimination tournament by the selection comittee who must have been distracted by Faruq's beard. P1 was the only 2-1 team not to be called up for the round of 32.

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Congratulations to all the teams for putting in the hard work of making a robot and showing up under the difficult circumstances of 2020. As sponsors, we're thrilled to see Big Blue Saw custom parts in front of the public and proud of all the competitors.

P1 and Ghost Raptor also featured in the BattleBots Bounty Hunters series. Keep watching BattleBots on Discovery or  Amazon Prime Video to find out who the winner of the giant will be. And if you need for your own custom robots parts, upload your design to our online system for an instant quote.

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Our online quoting system now supports STEP (a.k.a STP) files for instant online quoting. This is in addition to the existing supported file types like DXF, DWG, and PNG. If you're using SolidWorks, Fusion 360, or another 3D CAD tool, this should make getting custom parts with Big Blue Saw much easier. Head on over to our online quoting page to get an instant quote on your 3D STEP file. This feature is new, so let us know if you have any suggestions or bugs to report.

If you have any questions, take a look at our FAQ on using STEP files or contact us.

Custom Parts Water Jet Cutting Sale 20% Off

2020 is almost over. If you can survive this, you can survive anything. Celebrate 20% off and FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of waterjet cut parts!

Use discount code END2020 when checking out to receive 20% off orders of waterjet parts of $125 or more. This applies only to online orders of waterjet cutting only, not laser or low-taper waterjet.

Upload your designs now to get an instant quote and order.

Hurry, the offer ends January 4, 2021.

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UPDATE: Sale EXTENDED until December 7.

Cyber Week is here NOW. Save up 35% on all custom waterjet cut parts and get free shipping.

Use discount code CYBER2020 when checking out to receive 20% off orders of waterjet parts of $125 or more. Or use code CYBER35  to save even more: 35% off of orders of $299 or more. Free shipping on waterjet cut parts with either coupon.

This applies only to online orders of waterjet cutting only, not laser or low-taper waterjet.

Upload your designs now to get an instant quote and order.

Hurry, the offer ends December 4, 2020. December 7, 2020.

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Among our professional clients, SolidWorks is the most popular way to design custom parts. Its large feature set, long history, and extensive ecosystem make it the go-to CAD software in many industries.

In the past, we've typically recommended that our customers who use SolidWorks export a DXF file for use with Big Blue Saw's online quoting system by creating a drawing of the part to be made and then exporting a DXF from that. While that technique works reasonably well for parts that are updated frequently, there's a simpler way to create a DXF from an existing part. Hat tip to Dustin Hardy for pointing out this easier method.

In this tutorial, we'll assume that you already have a part designed in SolidWorks that can be made using waterjet or laser cutting by Big Blue Saw.

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Open the part that you want Big Blue Saw to make for you. Right click on the top face of the part and click Export to DXF / DWG.

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The Save As dialog will appear. Enter a memorable, meaningful name for your file and click Save.

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On the left hand side of the window, a tab will appear for DXF/DWG Output options. Most of the options here should be OK for most parts. Click the green checkmark button to proceed.

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The DXF/DWG Cleanup  dialog will apear. This dialog allows you to modify the drawing if SolidWorks generates extraneous entities which you don't want in the final drawing. In our case, the drawing is completely clean and requires no modifications, so we'll just click Save.

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Now you should have a brand new DXF file ready to use with Big Blue Saw's online quoting system. Upload the DXF for an instant quote on dozens of stock materials.

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Need special materials or have other requests for your order? Our customer advocates are standing by to help you. Just email us at info@bigbluesaw.com, call 678-929-7294 (678-WAY-SAW4), or contact us through the website!