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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.

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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!

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Now through šŸŽƒ October 31, you can SAVE on custom parts made from your designs. Use code SPOOKY2020 when checking out online to save 15% off custom parts made from aluminum alloy, stainless steel, polycarbonate, and other materials.

This applies to online orders only and includes regular waterjet, low-taper waterjet, and laser cut parts, with no minimum.

Upload your designs and get an instant quote now! Hurry, this discount is only good through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Sandy Ganz shared these photos of a custom clock he's building. This 42 inch wide custom faceplate was waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw from aluminum 6061. The plan is to install old-school incandescent bulbs in a classic 7 segment display.

Need a custom faceplate? Let us waterjet cut it!

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Michael Backus of Lightning Rods wrote in to show us some of the parts he made for performance electric vehicles.

I design and build electric bike conversions. [...] Your web site is incredible. Whatever it cost, it was well worth it.


I'm attaching a few photos of electric drives I've done since I started using your services. I'm very, very happy with every aspect of working with you. You'll be seeing much more of me in the future!

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Custom motor mounts, brackets, guards, and more: you draw it, we saw it. Contact us for all your custom part needs.