Craftfoam2024-04-18T13:56:22+01:00

Craftfoam

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Popular with model makers, architects and product designers

Craftfoam is a versatile XPS (Extruded Polystyrene) material, ideal for a wide range of applications, from model making, scenery and floral art to product design and prototypes.

  • Strong yet lightweight material which can be cut, sanded, planed, glued and painted to create striking models, creative craft projects or professional product prototypes
  • The ideal material for hot-wire cutting to the desired size and shape
  • Available in either 600x600mm or 1200x600mm size sheets
  • Large range of thicknesses available from 3mm to 165mm
  • Delivered direct to your property in boxes by parcel freight

Benefits

Strong yet lightweight material

Available in either 600x600mm or 1200x600mm size sheets

Large range of thicknesses available from 3mm to 165mm

Delivered direct to your property in boxes by parcel freight

Technical information

Craftfoam can be used with a wide range of drills, routers, carving tools, hand or powered knives and saws and adhesives, providing the versatility that is essential for model making. Craftfoam is available to buy online in a range of handy sheet sizes, thicknesses and a choice of three colours, making it easy for you to source the ideal solution for your next project. White craft glue is ideal for bonding Craftfoam, and a low temperature glue gun can also be used. For technical information regarding Craftfoam’s mechanical properties, please refer to the downloads tab.

Crafts & Model Making

The versatility of Craftfoam is the reason why it’s the number one choice of material used by model makers, war gamers, flower arrangers and crafters alike. Extruded polystyrene is well-established as a model making material and Craftfoam has quickly become the product of choice for making everything from model boats and railways to architectural models and model scenery.

Craftfoam can be cut easily with a serrated knife, hacksaw or floral knife and its closed cell structure provides it with strength and rigidity, so that even when it is cut and carved it will hold its shape. With a wide range of sheet sizes and thicknesses and the ability to easily glue pieces of Craftfoam together, it is possible to make almost any shape.

Architectural Model Making

Architectural model making demands precision, strength and versatility which is why Craftfoam is the material of choice for many professional model makers. Craftfoam is well established with architects and model makers as an ideal material for creating 3D highly detailed, architectural models. Craftfoam is recognised as the market leader thanks to its strength, uniform small cell structure and excellent surface.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on-hand to offer expert advice and help.

Tel: 0114 275 2881
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NEED ASSISTANCE? Please contact us during office hours on 01909 774 914 or via the contact form. For large orders and custom sizes of Craftfoam, please give us a call or alternatively, submit your enquiry through to sales@panelsystems.co.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Is Craftfoam suitable for home insulation?2023-09-18T10:05:54+01:00

If you require XPS for domestic insulation purposes, please take a look at our range of larger sheets sizes here XPS products.

What material is Craftfoam made from?2023-09-18T10:04:55+01:00

Craftfoam is an XPS (Extruded Polystyrene) material with a closed-cell structure.

Can the surface of Craftfoam be glued to?2023-09-18T10:06:15+01:00

Craftfoam has an excellent surface for applying glue and bonding other foam blocks to. For decorative applications, white craft glue or a low temperature glue gun is ideal for bonding Craftfoam. For higher strength bonds, products such as ‘UHU Por’ (Solvent free) or ‘Gorilla glue – Clear’ should provide good results.

What tool should I use to cut Craftfoam?2023-09-18T10:06:35+01:00

Craftfoam can be cut easily with a serrated knife, hot-wire, hacksaw or floral knife and its closed cell structure provides it with strength and rigidity, so that even when it is cut and carved it will hold its shape.

What is the best way to paint Craftfoam?2023-09-18T10:06:54+01:00

For the best results, paint Craftfoam with acrylic paints. Some spray paints can be used with Craftfoam but check first that they are compatible with foam plastic and avoid using solvent-based paints unless you are sure they are suitable for use with foam plastics.

Can the craft foam be cut with a Hotwire?2023-09-18T10:07:18+01:00

Yes! Craftfoam is an XPS foam and is ideal for cutting with a hot wire. We use an industrial size hot wire cutter to cut the craft foam into the convenient sizes we stock. The process produces no dust and leaves a clean surface finish. Please note that some smoke is produced during cutting, so the process should always be carried out in a well-ventilated area. To accurately cut shapes, a template can be used on the face of the foam as a guide for the hot wire. This method can produce very clean results. An example application using this technique is cutting aerofoil shapes for model aeroplanes.

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