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Make Pt0816
Big Blue Saw has a free part day coming up on August 6th, I’ll put a post up again on the 6th, for now here are some details…

Big Blue Saw, a leading online retailer of machining services, announces the first Free Part Day, allowing everyone to receive a custom machined metal or plastic part of their own design. On Free Part Day, August 6, 2008, customers across the Internet will be able to design and create their own custom plastic or metal part.

During Free Part Day, a customer might, for example, order a tailor-made aluminum nameplate, a specialized lifting arm for a hobby robot, or a custom sized plastic decoration. The shape of these parts is limited only by the customer’s imagination.

“This represents a great opportunity for people to find out about Big Blue Saw’s machining services by offering everyone a way to get a free plastic or metal part of their own design,” said Simon Arthur, founder of Big Blue Saw. “We are also proud to present Free Part Day to our loyal customers as a thank-you for their patronage.”

Big Blue Saw is on the cutting edge in the new field of digital manufacturing services. Its customers upload their designs for anything their creative imaginations demand: model aircraft, decorative craft tools, robotic rovers, or movie prop replicas; Big Blue Saw then turns the designs into physical parts using robotic manufacturing machines including waterjet and laser cutters. Customers have the flexibility of having their designs come to life in a range of materials ranging from aluminum to stainless steel to plastic.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Shadyman says:

    Definitely cool, any ideas for what to make? I’m drawing blanks.

  2. hooker says:

    — an open-ended bangle that spirals up from the wrist to a size J/K crochet hook, ergonomically-angled for comfort.

  3. odin says:

    At first I was drawing a blank, now I have a million ideas:

    Custom Drum Pedal for Rock Band. (have them do the artwork/cutouts on aluminum, then you use some JBWeld to glue it to another metal part)

    Cable Holder: Now is your chance to get a nice custom made cable holder

    Mounting for your next robotics project.

    Faceplate for your custom hardware.

    Faceplate for your PC mod O_o OMG!!! Metallic Dragon to fill up the hole left by a broken DVD drive

    No more time for brainstorming! time to Make! (crap, I’m at work… Guess I have to wait until tonight)

  4. hooker says:

    how would one start sketching it out?

  5. Brian says:

    I’m pretty sure I got this link from Make long ago..
    http://blog.ponoko.com/2008/01/21/how-to-inkscape-for-ponoko-newbies-trace-an-image/
    Different service, but the same basic idea.