5 axes of freedom

Foamcube is a 4 axes or 5 axes (styro) Foam cutter that can cut complex 3-dimensional shapes out of foam in a few simple steps. It is robust enough to run large commercial productions, while the controls are very intuitive and miles ahead of the alternatives on the market that cost 5 to 10 times as much. It features two independent towers, each with an independent X and Y or U and V axis, combined with a rotation platform or A axis, hence the name X-Y-U-V-A machine.

Many different kinds of materials

Foamcube has an electronically controlled wire and has an extensive speedcontrol and buffering system. Because of this the cube can handle a wide range of foams and other materials that can be cut in a range from 100 to 300 degrees celcius with a razorsharp kerf as narrow as 0,25 mm.  See this post for a list of materials you can cut.

Cut tapered or offset products

Unlike other foamcutters Foamcube has true independent 4 (or 5) axes control. This means the hotwire can be angled automatically in any direction. Software automatically calculates tapers and offsets from simple 2 dimensional drawings – no need to make complicated 3D models or work with exotic design software. The workpiece can rotate on a computer controlled platform during cutting, making for some very intricate shapes.

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Make thousands of products for dozens of industries

Because Foamcube is so precise and can cut such complex shapes it is suited for many different products. Below are just a few examples of how people use Foamcube :

  • Furniture making : Large font-like shapes are cut by foamcube in high density foam and then covered with a wooden board to distribute pressure evenly. The structures get coated and are placed in public auditoriums as seating blocks
  • garden ornament casting molds : Ornaments are cut as positive shapes out of large foam blocks. Once the cut shape is pushed out of the block it leaves a negative cavity that can be filled with concrete or other materials.
  • architectural models :
  • large letters , logos and digits :
  • stage decor pieces for concerts and plays :
  • tapered colums and molds for plasterwork :
  • lost mould casting using fire or acetone :
  • be sure to visit our examples in the menu above to see some real-life projects !

In commercial & educational settings

Foamcubes are being shipped worldwide and you can find them on every continent. They are used in commercial businesses for every-day productions, and they are used by many universities around the globe as part of educational or research projects.

Built-in universal GCODE interpreter

Internally Foamcube runs on GCODE (the language of computer controlled machines like lasercutters, 3D printers, plotters, CNC routers and FOAMCUBE). Because Foamcube’s gcode-controller was programmed and built from the ground up it is perfectly tuned for 5-axis hotwire control, but it can just as easily switch to hundreds of thousands of “2-dimensional” gcode files that you may find all over the internet. Naturally Foamcube also works on virtually all gcode created with the dozens of freely available or commercial toolpath generators.

 

 

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