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Starting April 18, 2022, quoting and ordering will begin moving from Big Blue Saw to the Xometry website. You'll continue to be able to get fast service and instant quotes, in addition addition to a whole host of new materials and manufacturing processes!

General Updates

ITAR Registered V2

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we've got a bright future here as part of Xometry. Part of that is serving our customers who are in the aerospace and defense industries.


For those folks, we have some great news. Big Blue Saw is now ITAR registered. If you have a project that is ITAR/DFARS/EAR regulated please indicate that by logging in and checking the "ITAR Upload" box when on our updated instant quoting page.

Our team is eager to answer any ITAR related questions you have, contact us let us know what's on your mind.

In the meantime, get an instant quote on parts for your ITAR project through our online quoting system!

Big Blue Saw is now a Xometry company.

When I started Big Blue Saw in 2005, my goal was to create the easiest way to order custom parts online. What started in my bedroom as a side gig to get custom parts for my fighting robots eventually grew into a business with 7 employees and a shop full of waterjets and other equipment.

When Randy Altschuler reached out to me earlier this year to suggest a merger between Big Blue Saw and Xometry, the world's leading digital manufacturing marketplace, I knew it was the right time. The Big Blue Saw team had taken the company just about as far as we could without a larger partner, and I had long admired Xometry’s online quoting and wide variety of services. Xometry’s mission is much the same as Big Blue Saw’s: to provide access to global manufacturing capacity.

Big Blue Saw only advanced as far as it did because of you, our creative and dedicated customers. Here are the benefits that our acquisition by Xometry is bringing to you:

  • First, Big Blue Saw can provide even better laser and water jet cutting services as part of the Xometry family. Xometry’s applications engineering expertise, ability to secure materials and tooling, and supply chain expertise will help you to get better parts faster and cheaper.

  • Second, Xometry is the one-stop shop for all of your manufacturing needs. Xometry provides industry-leading CNC machining, 3D printing, and injection molding services in addition to sheet metal services of all types. I encourage you to visit their site and get an instant quote.

Along the way there have been hard times both for both me and for the rest of the team at Big Blue Saw. More than once I considered quitting and going back to computer consulting or stocking comic books. We persevered through those times and were looking at a fantastic 2021 when Xometry came along to propose an even brighter future.

Thank you once again for your continued support over the years, and I hope you will stay with us as we continue to grow as part of the Xometry team. I couldn't be more excited about the next phase of our journey.

If you have questions, please e-mail me anytime.


Simon Arthur, CEO Big Blue Saw, a Xometry company

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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.


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.