Hello. Is this somehow cnc related? There are a few who have experimented with the foam you find at homedepot for housing with good results on the x-carve. Others make gun case inserts.
We are looking to cut foam props and sculptures on our new 7-Axis robot, whether it’s an art piece or even a float sculpture. We are looking for advice on the best tools to accompany our projects, and tips for materials, coats and finishes to use for these sculptures.
Was just looking to see if anyone had any advice on tools / materials / finishes from experience with their own foam projects.
I have a no-name hot knife I got years ago that works well, and some of the foam factory tools as well as some wood burning stuff. (Solder iron with and exacto blade tip, good for fine lines)
I know some people have used the smooth-on 3D coat material for foam with good results 9it should not eat into the foam.
I found that wood glue works surprisingly well.
I have tried various plaster products. But they don’t stick well to the foam and can chip off over time.
I have not done resin hard coating because of the expense. (From what I researched years ago, most large foam props were coated with a 2 part spay on epoxy using large spray equipment. But it was expensive and they would call someone out to shoot all the stuff at once. Then detail paint over it.)
@Thinktankgroup where are you based? I stumpled across this forum trying to source new urethane+EPS carve tools. I’m in NJ and have a lot of experience carving synthetics like these on 5, 7 axis machines.