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In the past, we've shown how to use Fusion 360 with Big Blue Saw to turn your designs into real parts. Since then, Autodesk has changed the features offered with different versions of Fusion 360 and Big Blue Saw has added new features to make it even easier to order custom parts. Let's take a step-by-step look at a simple way to use Big Blue Saw with every version of Fusion 360.

For the impatient: save your design as a STEP file and upload it to the online quoting system. The rest of you can read on...

Here's a typical design for a bracket designed in Fusion 360.

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We'll need to export this design as a 3D STEP file. From the file menu, pick Export...

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On the Export dialog which appears, choose STEP Files as the file type.

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Be sure to choose a memorable name for the file, remember what directory you saved it to, and click Export.

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Now we've created a STEP file which we can use with Big Blue Saw's online quoting system. Go to the Big Blue Saw homepage and click Get A Quote.

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Pick the STEP file you created in Fusion 360 and click Upload.

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The Big Blue Saw website will crunch the design and try to process the design from along each of the primary axes. In this case, the "Front" and "Rear" views are the only ones which are useful for the part to be made by waterjet or laser cutting. We'll click the Rear view to get to the next step.

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Next  we need to choose a material and thickness. In this case, Aluminum 5052 in 0.125 inch thickness. 

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Finally, we can see our the quote for our part. From this screen, you can choose finishing and cutting options, add the part to the shopping cart and check out.

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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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To see how Big Blue Saw's on-demand model compares to old-school manufacturing, Chris Fox interviewed Simon Arthur, Big Blue Saw's founder and president. Read the article on engineering.com.

Out specialty is turning designs into custom parts. Many folks ask us where to get plain metal rectangles without any cutting, bending, welding, etc. If you don't need holes or a complicated profile cut from metal, we recommend just getting plain sheet, bar, or plate metal. The easiest way to order that is through our preferred partner Online Metals. And if you need extra precision or parts with a custom profile, try our online quoting system for all kinds of metal and plastic parts.

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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.