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FoamLinx Technologies
1248 Birchwood Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Tel: (408)-454-6163 
Fax: (408)-454-6391
sales@foamlinx.com

Manuals
FC2913 Assembly manual
FC3920, 5539 and 5555 Assembly manual
DeskCNC overview
DeskCNC Setup

DeskCNC Tutorials
DeskCNC sample cuts tutorial #1
DeskCNC sample cuts tutorial #2
DeskCNC Video tutorial #1- This file takes a long time to load - once loaded notice, you can scroll down to access more information
DeskCNC Video tutorial #2
DeskCNC Video tutorial #3

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Instant Engineer 14 CAD  Video tutorial Drawing lines
Instant Engineer 14 CAD  Video tutorial Drawing Arches
Instant Engineer 14 CAD  Video tutorial Drawing Shapes #1
Instant Engineer 14 CAD  Video tutorial Drawing Shapes #2


Foamworks Tutorials
GMFC Tutorial #1
GMFC Tutorial #2
DolphinCAD Tutorials

Video
Sample cuts (Video #1)
Sample cuts (Video #2)
Sample cuts (Video #3) 42MB
Sample cuts (Video #4) 41MB



                                                           FAQ

Q: What is manual heat control
A: Manual heat control is a way to change the hot wire temperature, The
     use has a knob which will make the temperature rise when turned CW.

Q: What is automatic heat control ?
A: Automatic heat control is a feature that lets the PC control the wire
     temperature during the cut. This feature is important when cutting a
     large job and the user wishes to leave the machine working over night
     and does not want the wire to be kept hot even when the cut is done.

     At the moment Foamlinx machines do not support automatic heat
     control

Q: What software will run the machine?
A: There are two primary software applications that operate the machines:
 
   1. FoamWorks Runs on Windows 98 XP, ME 2000, and costs $45  
        
http://www.foamwork.net/

     2. The Gilles Muller software Runs on Windows 98, ME and costs
         about $32 (please check the price on their site)

          GMFC software can be found in the link below
         
http://gm.cnc.free.fr/index_en.html 

     3. DeskCNC will run on any OS and is connected to the PC via a serial
         Cable. DeskCNC requires additional hardware
         DeskCNC can be purchased from FoamLinx for $500
   
    DeskCNC manual


Q: How do I set up Foamworks software?
A: Pin   Axis    Function
      2        Y2    Direction
      3        Y2        Step
      4        X2    Direction
      5        X2        Step
      6        Y1     Direction
      7        Y1         Step
      8        X1     Direction
      9        X1         Step

Q: How do I set up GMFC software?
A:   There is no need to setup pinots in GMFC, there is a need to set up
       other parameters - please refer to the user manual here

Q: What additional equipment will I need to add ?
A:   You will need to supply the PC (Pent 2 and above)
       Table to place the machine on, and the foam.

Q: What kind of foam will the machine cut ?
A:  The machine will cut all foam types that can be cut using hot wire.
    The machine can also cut Coroplast.
     *** Caution Foam fumes are hazardous to your health always work
      in a well ventilated area Stay  away from all moving parts and the hot
     wire.

Q: What kind of warranty do you provide with the machine ?
A: FoamLinx provides a two year warranty on all moving parts and a 1
     year warranty on  the electronics parts and motors.  

Q: How long till I get my order
A: We usually ship within 10 business days from the date receiving the
    payment

Q: What kind of support do you provide ?
A: FoamLinx provides 5 days a week, free email and phone support.
     For in depth software support, you may need to contact the software
     vendor.
   There is also a very large foam cutters community news group on
     yahoo.
    
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CNCFoamcutters/

Q:  Can the machine cut tapered cuts (where the right side of the machine
      is
  cutting a different shape or different size  then the left side) ?
A:  Yes the machine has 4 independent axes, in other words, the machine
     can cut one shape on the right side and a different shape on the left
     side

Q: Who uses your machines ?
A: People who cut foam wings, architectural components, modeling
     props,  modeling, molding and Signs
     NASA, US Army, US Navy 

Q: Can the machine cut more then one shape at a time ?
A: Yes, but the user must provide a cut file which includes the needed
     shapes
Detailed Documentation here.

Q: Which software should I use ?
A: For simple cuts you can use FoamWorks and GMFC.
     For more complicated cuts especially when you need to cut multiple
     shapes on a single block of foam, you should use DeskCNC.

Q: What is Polystyrene?
A:
Polystyrene is a polymer made from the monomer styrene, a liquid
   
hydrocarbon that is commercially manufactured from petroleum. At
    room temperature, polystyrene is normally a solid
thermoplastic, but
    can be melted at higher temperature for
molding or extrusion, then
    resolidified. Styrene is an
aromatic monomer, and polystyrene is an
    aromatic polymer.
    Pure solid polystyrene is a colorless, hard plastic with limited flexibility.
    It can be cast into molds with fine detail. Polystyrene can be
transparent
    or can be made to take on various colors. It is economical and is used
    for producing
plastic model assembly kits, plastic cutlery, CD "jewel"
    cases
, and many other objects where a fairly rigid, economical plastic
    of any of various colors is desired.

Q: How to cut Polystyrene or EPS foam
A  Expanded polystyrene is very easily cut with a hot-wire foam cutter,
     which is easily made by a heated and taut length wire, usually
    
nichrome due to nichrome's resistance to oxidation at high
     temperatures and its suitable
electrical conductivity. The hot wire foam
     cutter works by heating the wire to the point where it can vaporize foam
     immediately adjacent to it. The foam gets vaporized before actually
     touching the heated wire, which yields exceptionally smooth cuts.

     Polystyrene, shaped and cut with hot wire foam cutters, is used in
     architecture models, actual signage, amusement park and movie sets,
     airplane construction, and much more. Such cutters may cost just a
     few dollars (for a completely manual cutter) to tens of thousands of
     dollars for large
CNC machines that can be used in high-volume
     industrial production.

    Polysterene can also be cut with a traditional cutter, in order to do this
    without ruining the sides one must first dip the blade in water and cut
    with the blade at an angle of about 30, the procedure has to be
    repeated multiple times for best results.

 

Q: What are the kind if finishing that can be used on EPS foam
A  In the United States, environmental protection regulations prohibit the
     use of solvents on polystyrene (which would dissolve the polystyrene
     and de-foam most of foams anyway).

    Some acceptable finishing materials are

  • Water-based paint (artists have created paintings on polystyrene with gouache) Click here for our stone paint
  • Mortar or acrylic/cement render, often used in the building industry as a weather-hard overcoat that hides the foam completely after finishing the objects.
  • Cotton wool or other fabrics used in conjunction with a stapling implement.

 


 





 

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