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Customer Success Stories

Here's a project that brought Big Blue Saw closer to the final frontier.

Sherman Lam from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) wrote to tell us about how some of the parts from a recent order from Big Blue Saw are being used:

We’re developing a robotic gripper for the Asteroid Redirect Mission. This component (we call it a microspine) will have hooks embedded in it that adhere to rough surfaces. The [image] shows one subassembly of the gripper. This image only shows one microspine unit in the assembly but in flight, there will be 20ish microspines in the assembly.  The spacecraft will have 1000s of these hooks on each gripper and it’ll use these grippers to grab onto a boulder. 

Big Blue Saw helped by waterjet cutting some of the microspine 6061 alloy in 0.063 inch thickness. Here's a peek at JPL's raw design as it was uploaded to our online quoting system.

For more information about the Asteroid Redirect Mission, check out the video below.

Even if you're not bringing rocks from the heavens back to earth, Big Blue Saw can still help with your projects. Check out our gallery of example parts and upload your design to our online quoting and ordering system today.

We received these photos from an engineer who, rather enigmatically, wishes to remain anonymous. So we can't tell you who he is.

We can tell you that this assembly was waterjet cut from 1/16 inch thick aluminum 6061, with Basic Finish applied. The front panel was painted white by our mystery maker.

There are 3 waterjet cut pieces: the front, back, and inner shelf.

The shelf is held in place using angle aluminum, as you can see in the photos below. (I would have suggested using nutstrip instead, as it saves the trouble of making a custom angle bracket.)

The front and back are held together with long standoffs. You can read about this and more types of assembly on our Construction Techniques page.

 

Have you created control panels you'd like to share? Let us know!

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From the blog of Canadian robot builder Roko comes this beautiful work in progress, a quadruped robot made using parts from Big Blue Saw.

Roko writes in one post "I'm still happy overall with the water-jet cutting, and would recommend it to anyone trying to make more complicated shapes or numerous parts. I wouldn’t have been able to make all of the more complicated/curvy cuts by hand as precisely and quick as the water-jet service does."

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My son, Orion, loves to ride his tricycle. Occasionally he rides with us on family walks around the neighborhood. He's pretty low to the ground when he's on pedaling on his own, though, and naturally I'm nervous that some careless driver won't see him until it's too late.

So I came up with the idea of putting a flag on his tricycle to make it not only safer, but more festive as well.