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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 4:36 pm

FoamCore Solution

We have 35 3ft diameter signs to make and my customer does not want Foamex as its a little weighty for shop managers to erect (and is turning out expensive). My suggestion would be to use FoamCore, a light weight solution I thought.

Problem, These signs have to be circular
So anyone got any suggestions on how to cut, other than getting a sharp blade and a template and cutting by hand? I have spoken to our regular supplier of router cut substrates and he thinks it could be a problem to cut, which I thought would be the answer.
We do not use this type of material very often at all, so anyone with some
suggestions on cutting or maybe a better idea on material, but not foamex, not even 1mm, not good for hanging really. These are internal use only.

Thanks for suggestions.
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:05 pm

I wonder if this could be cut on a flatbed plotter. In fact, I'm pretty sure it could. Someone here must have one that could do it. Alternatively, a press tool type die cut. Could be too costly though.

I'm not much help really....
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:24 pm

Would the paper coated foam center display board work? Europoints is called Foam-X Then get it die cut out?
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:36 pm

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The material FoamCore I mentioned is the stuff from Eurpoint! Just differen brand name. The cost of die cut is too expensive for such a short run.

Big G said
I wonder if this could be cut on a flatbed plotter


Need to use 5mm thick mate, probably too thick!
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:45 pm

why not just router cut correx/propyplex? very light, cheap and rigid. :roll:
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:01 pm

You could probably cut the foam core stuff on a laser - I've never tried it but it should work but the poly core might give off some nasty fumes I guess, so decent extraction would be a must. Unfortunatly I can't help because my machine is only 24x13.5" work area.

I'm not much help either really am I :roll:

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:31 pm

just trhinking out loud

the machine that cuts mounts for photos they are modified plotters that cut shapes even beveled edges and as that stuff 5mm soft foam board is used as backings sometimes they should be able to give you a answer
the thought of cutting them by hand ? but you would be good at it by the time you have finnished

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:55 pm

Invent :P :lol: :lol:

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 10:33 pm

Lateral thinking and a splash of creativity - like it Alan :D
I'd say that's the best answer to the problem for sure !!!

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:05 pm

nice one alan.. :wink:
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:12 pm

'sa good idea Alan, but can it play 78s?
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:14 pm

Blimey Alan, thats fantastic!! :o :D :D :D :o :D

Simple, but really effective way of cutting circles! If the Great Train Robbers had had you on the planning team, they'd never have been caught! :wink: :wink:

Cheers, Dewi
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Post Wed Mar 24, 2004 3:06 am

He's clever is 'r' Alan inti?

Real cutting edge technology from Alan and Stanley
Its been a real learning curve for us all

Should work well but keep away from strong magnetic fields :lol:

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Post Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:28 am

Rob. These are perm fix signs in about 12 retail stores nationwide, we need to use a nicer material than correx!

Nigel. Never thougt of laser but sounds a bit tricky.

Chris. Sounds like thats woth a call, I have 3 such companies on my high street here.

Alan. Fantastic and intuitive. How much time did you spend drawing it? But always the pesimist, how would I keep it steady? that arm looks ready to break :) :oops:
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Post Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:09 am

rising wrote:How much time did you spend drawing it?


Not many minutes I know how to use Corel (well, some of it).


But always the pesimist, how would I keep it steady? that arm looks ready to break


You could use a piece of 2”x1” for the arm, that won’t break, and put a T bar across it near the cutting end (a bit of 6mm ply will do?) to push/pull it around, should hold it steady.


You know I’m only give you the idea I’m not going to knock it up for you :roll: :lol:


By the way there is a patent pending :o :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Post Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:52 am

Alan

Ah! I was expecting the delivery of the UK's first Alcircut by courier today too, I bought the material all ready and set aside a few hours to cut them :) :)

Still waiting for our customer to send us the order, then they need delivery week commencing 05/04. I have spoken to my photo mounting customer and he thinks he may be able to cut them for us, fingers crossed.

Alan. its good to think that someone has the genius to think of such things at short notice, thanks for your superb idea. One of the great things about this site.

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