Simon Arthur, President and Founder

After a career as a computer consultant and web developer, Simon founded Big Blue Saw in late 2005. His experience building fighting robots for BattleBots, Robot Battles, and other robotic sporting events led him to think about ways to make it easier for robot builders, inventors, and engineers to create a high quality, affordable custom parts using modern machining technology. Big Blue Saw is the result.

Channie Lovelace, Customer Advocate

Channie has worked as a freelance artist/Ggaphic designer for over 15 years, as well as in customer service for 8 years. This has lead to a career of helping people bring their visions to life. She has experience in teaching art and crafts to all ages. She loves making people smile as a result of helping them gain confidence through their own creativity. The mediums she likes to work in range from painting with acrylics, drawing with pen and pencil, making wire jewelry, and digital art, to making clay sculptures.

Julie Simancek, Customer Advocate

Growing up in the family tool and die shop, Julie knew from fairly early on that working with metal was where her interests were. She has a BFA and MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing, has worked as a bench jeweler, managed a university metal smithing studio, and has worked in various sales and customer service jobs. Introduced to combat robotics by her husband, Julie has been building and fighting robots for Battlebots, Robot Battles, and several other combat robot competitions in the eastern part of the US for several years. She enjoys creative and cooperative problem solving on projects as well as sharing her metal working knowledge with others.

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Clint Sikes, Shop Manager

Clint has come to Big Blue Saw with close to 20 years CNC and manufacturing experience. He uses those skills on a daily basis ensuring part quality, finish, and performance meet or exceed the customers expectations. The joy Clint gets from knowing he is helping people make their dreams become a reality is what drives him.

A Word From The President and Founder:

I created Big Blue Saw in order to make it easier for everyone to have easy access to high-quality custom parts. For too long, it has been too difficult to get the machined parts you want at a fair price. I love building fighting robots and had a very difficult time getting parts made. Dealing with ordinary machine shops meant high minimum charges, sinking time into getting quotes, and often being ignored. I am determined Big Blue Saw to create an easy, friendly experience. You can ready more about why I started Big Blue Saw in my blog post from 2010 on the topic.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at the e-mail address below. I wish you the greatest success on all your creative endeavors.

Simon Arthur
Founder, Big Blue Saw