Friday, June 30, 2006 

Waterjet and 3D objects Part 5

Vanessa Cutler, an artist from the UK, uses a waterjet to cut glass for her sculptural pieces.


Thursday, June 29, 2006 

Waterjet and 3D objects Part 4

As many of you know, robotics is one of my hobbies. So I was pretty pleased to find out that the Spring Flamingo, one of the first really good dynamically stable walking robots, has body panels made with a waterjet.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006 

Waterjet and 3D objects Part 3

Lamina Design has software that lets you turn interesting 3D designs made in Rhino or other CAD software into wonderful 3D objects that can be made on a waterjet.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006 

Waterjet and 3D objects Part 2

Some students at MIT used MIT's waterjet to create a flexible, interactive surface. The surface can be moved along the same dimension as the cut.


Monday, June 26, 2006 

Waterjet and 3D objects

Big Blue Saw currently features waterjet cutting for manufacturing operations. Waterjets are extremely flexible tools, but can't cut slots or pockets like a milling machine. But you can use waterjet cut parts to make real 3D objects. It takes some creative design, but it can be done. The Big Blue Saw RAZR cradle is one example of how this can be done. I also recently found an interesting article which details the "Hole and Tab Method" for making 3D parts with a waterjet. Link.


Thursday, June 22, 2006 

Waterjet Article

I just posted an article (original source: Wikipedia)
about how waterjets work.


Wednesday, June 07, 2006 

New address

Our new address:
Big Blue Saw
1100 Hammond Dr. N.E.
Suite 410A-105
Atlanta, GA 30328

This information can also be found on our Contact Us page.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 

What does that have to do with the price of aluminum?

Raw material prices have gone up lately, especially for aluminum. Turning aluminum ore (bauxite) into usable metal is very energy intensive. Aluminum manufacturers use electricity to break the elemental aluminum out of the aluminum oxides.

If you've gassed up your car lately, you know that energy prices are up. So aluminum prices are up, too.

Does this affect Big Blue Saw's prices? Only a little bit. Parts made from thicker aluminum stock will cost more in raw materials, but those materials have higher cutting costs anyway. For example: a customer recently placed an order for a part made from 0.75" thick aluminum. His price was about $90. With the new aluminum prices, it would be about $94.

Saturday, June 03, 2006 

Improved checkout and more

The checkout process has been streamlined. You now don't need to register to be able to check out.

There are a bunch of small changes, too, like improved URLs (good to help us be spotted by search engines) and minor content updates across the site.

Thursday, June 01, 2006 

Big Blue Saw on eHub

Big Blue Saw was listed today on Emily Chang's eHub, a popular review of new, interesting websites.