What are some good tools for cutting foam?


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An electric knife, a band saw, a utility knife or a hot-wire foam cutter are some recommended tools for cutting foam. What tool is most appropriate depends on the type of foam, the size of the piece, and whether the cuts are straight or curved.

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Thin pieces of soft foam can often be cut with just a knife, while power tools are preferable for larger pieces. A hot wire foam cutter can be built at home with a transformer, cardboard, nichrome wire and basic electric parts. Heating up manual cutting tools also make work easier. Many types of foam produce noxious gases when heated, so the workspace should be well-ventilated.

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