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Cutting “fun foam”

July 1st, 2009 / By: / Ask the Experts

Question: We’re going to be doing a foam cutting project in which we’ll cut out 200 pieces at a time. We would ideally like to use computerized equipment. The foam is ¼-thick “fun foam,” like you find at craft stores. Where can we get the equipment to cut it?

Answer: We contacted a number of foam cutting equipment manufacturers, none of which seemed to think there would be a problem with the type or thickness of the foam you’re using. One suggested using a plastic overlay on the foam. The compatibility will also be dependent on the width of the foam and whether it’s a sheet or a roll. Computerized cutting equipment is an investment, so make sure to do a cost analysis. If it’s not practical to purchase the equipment until this project takes off for you, ask the equipment suppliers for a contract cutter in your area.

SOURCE Autometrix Precision Cutting Systems Inc., Grass Valley, Calif., +1 530 477 5065, 866 477 5065

SOURCE Eastman Machine Company, Buffalo, N.Y., +1 716 856 2200, 800 872 5571

SOURCE Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., +1 860 871 8082, 800 826 3243

SOURCE Pinnacle Converting Equipment Inc., Charlotte, N.C., +1 704 376 3855

SOURCE QUEST CAD/CAM, Laguna Hills, Calif., +1 949 951 3568

SOURCE Sheffield Cutting Equipment, San Diego, Calif., +1 619 280 0278

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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