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Analyzing the pros and cons of computerized cutting

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We’re going to be doing some foam cutting. We’re cutting out 200 pieces at a time and would like to use computerized equipment. The foam we’re using is quarter-inch thick “fun foam,” like you’d find at craft stores. Where can we get the equipment to cut it?

We contacted a number of foam-cutting equipment manufacturers, none of which seemed to think there would be a problem with the type or thickness of the foam you’re using. One company did suggest using a plastic overlay on the foam; and, of course, the compatibility will also be dependent on the width of the foam and whether you’re using a sheet or a roll. Computerized cutting equipment is an investment, so make sure to do a cost analysis. If it’s not practical to purchase the equipment until this project takes off for you, ask the equipment suppliers for a contract cutter in your area.

SOURCE Autometrix Precision Cutting Systems Inc.

SOURCE Eastman Machine Company

SOURCE Gerber Technology

SOURCE Pinnacle Converting Equipment Inc.


SOURCE Sheffield Cutting Equipment

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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