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Cutting foam
« on: November 25, 2016, 04:53:52 PM »
So this just happened.  I wasn't as frustrated as I expected to be an I'm about 96% happy with how it came out. There are a couple things I would do to make it a little better but overall still good.

SKB Case
Desert Tech SRS-A1
Sig Tango 6 5-30x56mm MRAD Scope
Spuhr 4602 Mount
Atlas PSR Tall Bipod

Only things left to add is a spot for my Omega and for some ammo.

Photos to come in a moment.

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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 04:58:41 PM »
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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 07:30:09 PM »
    looks great!!!
    what did you use to cut the foam?
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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #3 on: November 26, 2016, 09:09:56 AM »
    Impressive Trying to cut foam or sponge material has been a great bugbear of mine for a while.
    The last time I needed to try I cheated and found a case with the chunks you can knock out.

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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #4 on: November 26, 2016, 10:49:07 AM »
    I have always used an electric carving knife and it has worked well every time.

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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #5 on: November 26, 2016, 06:34:05 PM »
    Impressive Trying to cut foam or sponge material has been a great bugbear of mine for a while.
    The last time I needed to try I cheated and found a case with the chunks you can knock out.

    This is actually out of date now. I've added a sling at far right.
    Yeah... I don't care about the case.   I want that Pulse Rifle!!!
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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 07:33:00 PM »
    Yeah... I don't care about the case.   I want that Pulse Rifle!!!

    http://www.evike.com/products/37490/

    They have long made an airsoft version;) Years ago it was a conversion kit but now they sell a functional version of it;)

    On he foam I've always used an electric carving knife as well. Lately I've been considering trying to do a smaller cut on my laser cutter and see how that goes. It's either going to be awesome or terrible hard to say;) But I've got some plans to make a much bigger cutter which if it went well on the small scale test would very likely be capable of anything well under a 4x8ft sheet of plywood;)

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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #7 on: November 28, 2016, 04:52:36 AM »
    Yeah... I don't care about the case.   I want that Pulse Rifle!!!

    It's only resin unfortunately. With a spare mag made of balsawood, 3d printed grenades and an LED circuit I wired up myself.
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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #8 on: November 28, 2016, 12:04:09 PM »
    looks great!!!
    what did you use to cut the foam?

    I used a combination of things.  For the most part, I used a hot wire to cut the foam.  It was going well for the most part except we kept overheating the transformer.  Needed a bigger one but didn't have one.  So, on the 2nd layer with the mags, I cut those with a 3 inch long razor blade and a ruler. 

    A couple things I learned.  Tape off the whole thing with blue tape.  Then draw the cutting marks on the blue tape.  This way you don't leave trace lines.  But then again, I also think it looks cool.

    I thought about using a electric carving knife but I didn't know how precise it would be.  I do have some more foam to test with so maybe I'll do my next one that way.

    And the biggest thing, go with Closed Cell foam rather than the open cell foam.  It's a little more dense and firm and easier to cut with.
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    Re: Cutting foam
    « Reply #9 on: November 28, 2016, 01:16:25 PM »
    It's a little more dense and firm and easier to cut with.

    That's the case with almost any material;) I honestly hate cutting shoulder holster harness's since they are softer material and they don't stay put while I cut them compared to most of the holster leather I use;)

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