Contact Jiffy Foam, Inc. @ 800 344 8997.
Ask about their lighter density (4-6 lb/cf??) "phenolic foams." They are
very easy to carve by hand. They are not durable - but that probably doesn't
matter to you.
The foam is open cell and could be strengthened by infiltrating a resin.
(You've probably encountered something similar used by florists for holding
Sorry, don't know a web address for them. Good luck.
In a message dated 2/3/01 9:18:02 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Dear RP-Listers
> I've been trying to find something for several months, and I suddenly
> realized I've got the world's experts on it right here. Since we don't do a
> lot of (i.e., any) foam modeling here at Ennex, I don't have the sources
> I need a few blocks of modeling foam, about 12 x 12 x 24 inches each.
> Should be light enough density for an unskilled model maker to carve
> I've tried all kinds of commercial and industrial foam distributors, but I
> haven't found the right stuff. But I know it's out there. Obviously I just
> haven't found the right sources.
> Those of you who have seen my recent "Atoms from Bits" presentation
> recognize that this is for the part of my talk where I let audience
> volunteers demonstrate the meaning of subtractive, additive, and formative
> fabrication. The blocks of foam I've procured for this so far have been far
> from satisfactory.
> I would appreciate it if people could refer me to sources in the US,
> preferably with Web sites, for blocks of modeling foam of that size and
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> Marshall Burns
> President, Ennex Corporation
> Los Angeles, USA, (310) 397-1314
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