Interested in building a low cost CNC hot
wire foam cutter ? well this is the right place
Here we will post pictures and instructions of how
to build a low cost foam cutter.
This design is the 4th generation foam cutter and I think that this design is
expensive and the fastest to put together, most parts can be found in your local
hardware store, like Home Depot..
The first prototype was made out of wood, but didn't look "professional" enough,
so I decided to go with a more robust design made of steel.
The design can be modified to almost any size. Keep in mind that for longer
travel you will need a longer lead screw.
The problem with a long lead screw is that because it its own mass, it will
"wobble" in higher speeds.
One way to overcome this problem is to move to a larger diameter lead screw.
Another way is to move to a chain or belt driven design. Belt driven machines
are usually 8' and longer but require the use
of micro-stepping. An example of a machine larger then 8 foot would be a
surfboard foam cutter.
Some surfboards are up to 12 feet in length, the only way to cut these boards
would be a belt driven or chain driven mechanism
I will try to cover this topic in the future with a sample machine and
We started out building a machine to cut wing cores, but soon after we
discovered a huge interest
In the machine for other industries - like moldings, architectures, surfboards,
Logos, props, packaging
Willow Sills, Casings, Wainscoat , Fascia, Crown, Parapets, Wallcaps, Pediments,
Based on this design you can modify it to build a Plasma cutter, and a CNC
router, Plotter flat bed printer and linear slides.