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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.
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
and does not want the wire to be kept hot even when the cut is
At the moment Foamlinx machines do not support
What software will run the machine?
1. FoamWorks – Runs on
Windows 98 XP, ME 2000, and costs $45
A: There are two primary software applications that operate the machines:
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
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
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
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
additional equipment will I need to add ?
A: You will need to supply the PC (Pent 2
Table to place the machine on, and the foam.
What kind of foam will the machine cut ?
A: The machine will cut all foam types that can be cut using hot wire.
machine can also cut Coroplast™.
*** Caution – Foam fumes are hazardous to your health –
in a well ventilated area – Stay away from all
moving parts and the hot
Q: What kind
of warranty do you provide with the machine ?
A: FoamLinx provides a two year warranty on all moving parts and a
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
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
There is also a very large foam cutters community news
Can the machine cut tapered cuts (where the right side of
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
Who uses your machines ?
A: People who cut foam wings, architectural components, modeling
, molding and Signs
NASA, US Army, US Navy
Q: Can the machine cut more then one
shape at a time ?
Polystyrene is a
polymer made from the
A: Yes, but the user must provide a cut file which includes the needed
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
shapes on a single block of foam, you should use
Q: What is Polystyrene?
hydrocarbon that is
room temperature, polystyrene is normally a solid
can be melted at higher temperature for
molding or extrusion,
resolidified. Styrene is an
aromatic monomer, and
polystyrene is an
Pure solid polystyrene is a colorless, hard plastic with
It can be cast into molds with fine detail. Polystyrene can
or can be made to take on various colors. It is economical
and is used
plastic model assembly
kits, plastic cutlery,
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
polystyrene is very easily cut with a
hot-wire foam cutter,
which is easily made by a heated and taut length wire,
nichrome due to
nichrome's resistance to oxidation at high
temperatures and its suitable
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
touching the heated wire, which yields exceptionally
Polystyrene, shaped and cut with hot wire foam cutters, is used in
architecture models, actual signage, amusement park and
airplane construction, and much more. Such cutters may
cost just a
few dollars (for a completely manual cutter) to tens of
dollars for large
machines that can be used in high-volume
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 30º, the procedure has to
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
and de-foam most of foams anyway).
Some acceptable finishing materials
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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.