Home Built Hot Wire CNC Foam cutter
Day 1 - Vertical Y Axis
Day 2 - Horizontal X Axis
Day 3 - Lead Screw
Day 4 - Electronics
Day 5 - Finalizing the machine
Other CNC foam cutters
A New Design - Hot wire CNC Foam cutter
Foam Sample Cuts
Foam Cutting Videos
Links - RC stuff, Stepper Motors, Lead Screws
More information - about stepper motors

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DIY Mach3 with Joystick and gamepad
FoamLinx Site - Foam Cutting CNC Machines
CNCLinx Site - CNC Router Tables
Foam Cutting Services - EPP, EPS, XPS
All About Foam Forum - Beta
Composites Prototyping and Design
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Articles
How to coat EPS foam (Crown Moldings)
How to build an EPS Foam Recycler
How to build an EPS base and Cap cutter
How is EPS manufactured - molded
How to make RC foam planes
How to cut EPS, XPS, EPP foam
How to cut Polyurethane foam ( PU )
How to cut Acrylics - Laser cutting
DIY CNC Foam Cutter Blog - New

What is - more info about foam
What is EPS foam
What is XPS foam
What is EPP foam - Expanded Polypropylene
What is PE foam - Polyethylene foam
What is Polyurethane foam
What is Memory Foam



 

FoamLinx

 

 

                                                           Other CNC foam Cutters

On this page we post pictures on machines people built based on our design with their improvements

Here is a design based on the Foamlinx FC2912.
This is a low cost version of it - with a turn-key solution under $900 (computer and software not included)

For more information please visit www.rcfoamcutter.com




if you are interested in sharing your information, please send us pictures of your machine and we will
post them here.


Machine built by Vern - Notice the XPS pink foam in the back made by Owens Corning


XPS Foam - the pink stuff

A great idea low cost coupling


Motor coupler

Nice cut !!

 

Stepper motor driver board with a fan

Some more great ideas from Vern - Stepper motor driver with heat sinks


Motor coupler


Linear slide

 


 

Machine built by Rick Hallett    happl@midmaine.com


 

 

Cutter made by Ron Kruse


Nice surfboards in the background - are they made out of EPS foam or Polyurethane ?


 

Some picture from people who purchased our new machines

 

A picture from Glenn Corrie


A FC2913 automatic CNC hot wire foam cutter machine in Taiwan



Some very nice improvements done on our machines (thanks !!!)


FC2913 Automatic CNC hot wire foam cutter


Hot wire foam cutter cutting Coroplast

 



Another great idea: a simple tensioning mechanism - the springs weight does not effect the actual cut.
Reduces wire vibration


 

Machine that Andrew Donatelli built


Stepper motor driver (old version) made by 8Linx


Motor coupler


 

Here is an XY plotter/cutter based on the linear slides used in the foam cutter
In the future we plan to mount  Laser Cutter


Notice the new stepper motor driver which can support up to 4 unipolar motors.
It is designed to work with most CNC software. The one shown above is from www.kellyware.com

 

Same table with a Dremil mounted - Notice that the Dremil Z movement is not controlled by the PC (at the moment)






Over the years (about 6 years) we have moved on to larger machine. As shown in the pictures below
This machine which we custom made for a customer can hold up to 7 hot wires and will cut two
block as once. The machine is 8' x 5' x 10'  (X, Y, Wire length).


The Drive mechanism is a bit different then in all the other machines. In this machine we used a chain
to drive the X axis. The use of a chain will enable us to have a X axis as long as we want.
With a lead screw or an ACME screw we would be limited to 6 to 7' and would have to go a
lager diameter of a lead screw in order to overcome the wobbling and the vibration caused by the
long lead screw.


Massive machine with 7 hot wires