Foam Cutting Services?

nickSEESall13

New Member
I am looking into foam cutting and since I have very little skill in cutting myself I was wondering if any of you guys have links to reliable sites that will take an STL model and cut out your object in foam. If anyone has a link or a name of a company please let me know. Any additional information is welcome!
 

RobTC

Member
This is an incomplete question. Do you mean:

1) Take a 2D STL (or EPS or DXF) and laser it from foam sheet?

2) Take a 3D STL, unfold it like a pepakura file and then laser cut those 2D pieces?

or 3) Take a 3D STL file and mill it from a single block of urethane tooling foam?

The "cut" is what's throwing me, I think.
 

Meatwad

Jr Member
This is an incomplete question. Do you mean:

1) Take a 2D STL (or EPS or DXF) and laser it from foam sheet?

2) Take a 3D STL, unfold it like a pepakura file and then laser cut those 2D pieces?

or 3) Take a 3D STL file and mill it from a single block of urethane tooling foam?

The "cut" is what's throwing me, I think.
I'm pretty sure he's taking about getting foam files cut into foam sheets for him. Although, this can easily be done yourself with a cheap xacto knife. A cutting service, if they exist, is probably not cheap.
 

OT7OM4N

New Member
I did a Google search for foam cutting services not too long ago when I was feeling overwhelmed about the amount of cutting I had to do. The only thing that turns up is laser cutting services, but they're usually used for metal and cost £££. I supposed you could ask for a specialist quote. Best option by far is to just buy a scalpel (rather than an xacto, they're easier to use because of the flat handle) and a load of blades (type 11 are the best to use).

No. 3 Scalpel: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SWANN-MOR...terile-/261608073217?var=&hash=item3ce90e6801
No. 11 Blades: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Swann-Mor...Blades-/280747234069?var=&hash=item415dd6d315

You go through blades quickly but they're really cheap. If your cutting out a full foam suit then even think about getting 50-100 blades. In any case; a scalpel, blades and a bit of time is going to be a lot cheaper than paying a company to cut it out for you!

Here's a tutorial to help you get your technique on point: http://www.405th.com/showthread.php?t=37261
 
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