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We were delighted recently to receive the following story from Jeff Snell regarding some custom stainless steel parts we waterjet cut for him.

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Less than a week before I was leaving on multi-week trip to Mozambique / Swaziland / South Africa, I broke a sideguard holder on my wheelchair. This is a super important piece: in optimal environments it keeps my clothing from rubbing against my wheels and getting dirty, in less ideal environments it keeps my hips from rubbing against my wheels and causing injury. Most of southern Africa falls under the less ideal environment for wheelchairs. The big problem for me was that this particular piece was out of production.

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I had used Big Blue Saw's regular speed services in the past and been pleased with the experience. I noticed the QuickSaw Rush Order option; so I quickly knocked out a model in Sketchup, exported to DXF using a Sketchup extension, and sent the email. Seven hours later I was contacted by Julie, who was very helpful in selecting materials they had on hand and staying on top of the QuickSaw shipment.

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The pieces were delivered two days later! I drilled out the holes to my specs and mounted the new pieces that evening. Because of Julie's quick turnaround, I had almost a full day to test out the mounts and was very happy with their precision and stiffness (the previous were constructed from aluminum and had been a bit floppy for years).

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I likely could have made due with the broken sideguard mounts, but the experience would have been more difficult and problematic. It was additionally reassuring having competent sideguards with my wheelchair taking a beating in the cargo hold of planes and hanging off the back of Land Cruisers for several days. I can't thank Big Blue Saw and Julie enough for the quick turnaround. I'm a permanent customer, but next time with a little longer turnaround time.

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Customer Logan Reed wrote in recently to show us the beautiful table he made with help from Big Blue Saw. 

The legs were waterjet cut from 1 inch thick aluminum 6061 using our low taper process. As shown in the outline of the CAD design, the legs are approximately 18 inches tall.

 

For information on how this was designed and assembled, check out Logan's earlier blog post on a prototype made back in 2012

Here are the legs newly arrived from Big Blue Saw:

And another view of the table:

See more of the table on Logan's Tumblr site.

 
 

Our customer Tessa Gerwing was expecting a baby and wanted something special for her nursery. The little one was going to be named "Mollie Sue" and Tessa felt that she needed a sign to hang above her crib that was as unique as her little one.

Tessa e-mailed us with the handwritten design in the image below. The handwriting belongs to her grandma and namesake, Lonna Sue. It was then up to our designer to turn it into a design that could be waterjet cut.

The final CAD design is shown below. Note that the lines needed to be fattened for strength and the dot above the "i" bridged. As shown, the whole design is about 56 x 14 inches.

 

Long time Big Blue Saw followers will note that this is somewhere between the type 3 and type 4 signs. The words are separate like in a type 4 sign (this is easy because of the cursive writing). But the dot above the "i" is connected to the rest of the letters as in a type 3 sign in order to avoid having to install that tiny piece separately.

Big Blue Saw waterjet cut the design from 1/2 inch thick polycarbonate plastic. This material is light, but strong enough to support the sign's weight even in the narrow areas. Tessa spraypainted the sign glittery purple before hanging it on the wall.

Here's the waterjet cut and painted pieces installed in the new baby's room. 

Mollie is doing great in her new nursery and enjoying the sign.

If you're interested in making a sign, read more about how to turn a logo into a custom metal sign, the different ways to turn a logo into a sign,  and take a look at our gallery of signs and stencils. Then upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system or contact us for help with your design.

 

Customer Bill Craig of Piretti Fine Putters wrote to show us where some of our waterjet cut parts ended up. In the photo above, you can see the custom golf club stand they made. Some of the parts came from Big Blue Saw, and Bill had the whole thing welded and assembled locally.

 

 

The parts shown in the CAD drawing above were created by Big Blue Saw from 0.25 inch thick aluminum 6061 using waterjet cutting. We applied Basic Finish before shipping. (It looks to me like Piretti applied another finish after final assembly to closer match the vertical bars.)

 

I don't know that we've ever created a golf club stand before this, but we have done a phone stand, as well as a medicine cabinet organizer.

If you want to show off YOUR sporting goods, why not take a look at our guide to Designing for Waterjet to get some ideas on how to turn your designs into a display stand using parts from Big Blue Saw.

 

Ben Matthews of Moonlight Forge recently sent us some photos of what he's made with help from Big Blue Saw. Among many other wonderful things, Ben makes custom gates and signs. When he needs lettering or logos, Ben turns to Big Blue Saw for help. We waterjet cut the design Ben's customers need from thin cold rolled steel. He hand forges all the other detail pieces as well as assembles and installs the whole thing.

Ben contacted us some time back about creating the lettering for the gate to a local cemetery. Working with Ben, we were able to come up with a design that looked good and would work well on the waterjet.

Big Blue Saw was able to waterjet cut the lettering from 0.125" thick hot rolled steel. Ben then fabricated the gate with the detail you can see in the photo below.

Here's a sign Ben did for the Valley Dental Health office.

He started by sending us a high resolution copy of their logo. 

Based on the logo and Ben's specifications, we were able to create a CAD design for the sign. Ben wanted this to be what we call a "type 4" sign: the lettering and shapes as positive space, with separate pieces for each element. This is the most accurate way to depict a sign with a logo, but also the most time consuming and tricky to assemble correctly. 

Fortunately, Ben is a professional and was able to place the parts accurately. The logo pieces were waterjet cut from 0.06 inch thick cold rolled steel A366/1008 by Big Blue Saw and finished by Moonlight Forge.  The background is made from reclaimed wood and more steel.

Assembling the sign from parts.

Assembled and ready to install.

Check out Moonlight Forge's web page on the CustomMade website for more examples of Ben's work. He's got great reviews there, too and looking at the photos of his work, I can see why. If you see something you like, be sure to let him know!

And if you'd like to see more signs made with help from Big Blue Saw, have a look at our Gallery of Signs and Stencils.