FoamCore Basics Tutorial Guide FoamBoard model making: modeling tips and tricks for Designers

FoamCore Basics Tutorial Guide FoamBoard model making: modeling tips and tricks for Designers


do you think it’s okay to cut foam-core
like this with a dull exacto blade do you think it’s okay to tape your foam
core or hot glue it and have the glue and the foam showing if you answered yes
to any one of those questions and you think this is acceptable this video is
not for you my name is Eric Strebel I’m an industrial designer welcome to my
channel about product design and making I hope that you like and joy and become
a subscriber when you’re designing a product sometimes you need to mock up
stuff and make things and foam core is a great material it’s cheap readily
accessible I’m gonna show you some basic techniques for how to cut foam core
correctly how to glue it together how to make some basic shapes and cuts if you
live outside the United States it may not be called foam core and may
be called foam board but it’s all the same stuff it’s basically a thin sheet
of foam sandwiched in between two pieces of paper or a thick cardboard gives you
a strong structural piece it’s basically a composite foam core comes in a
multitude of different colors different thicknesses and europe and even comes in
metric some of the tools that I use for cutting
foam core is a good cutting mat definitely a steel ruler some very sharp
blades and you’ll need lots of those good exacto ones some tape some white
construction glue like a PVA like a Elmer’s glue and hot glue which I’m not
crazy about let’s start with something simple and make some basic cubes let me
show you how I make them first let’s start with a basic cut I make no more
than two or three cuts the first cut cuts through the top layer of the paper
the second and the third cut cut through the bottom layer of the paper for this
tutorial we’re gonna make some 2-inch cubes yeah I know
inches I don’t do stuff in inches but in this case two inches was easy normally I
do everything in metric what we want to do is just make basic two inch by two
inch slabs of foam core and I’m just sectioning everything up I’m using a
square to make sure that I get square edges and square corners
you don’t want any of the foam actually showing so we’re gonna 45 every single
edge of the six squares on the two inch by two inch pieces
that way none of the foam will be showing pay close attention on how I
make these cuts and I’m using a very sharp exacto I’m basically making one
cut every time the last cut need a little bit more off the top to actually
make it a 45 degrees and you can only do that cut if you have a very sharp exacto
blade it’s important to have a sharp exacto blade you will need to practice a
little bit to get those cuts to be a nice 45 degrees every time you’re gonna
use some painters tape and I put it on my shirt to make it not so sticky and
we’re gonna preassemble all of the pieces this is gonna allow that tape to
come off really easy afterwards and it’s gonna allow the pieces to be assembled
together correctly every time in this case I’m using some hot glue to glue all
four sides together I don’t like to a hot glue I think not glues for hacks hot
glue is fast and easy but it’s not pretty and you’ll pull strings and it
doesn’t look good and it causes excess thickness of the part you know glue will
ooze out and you’ll have to come back and trim it up so you say Eric how can I
take my game to the next level and really impress my clients well glad you
asked let me show you we’re gonna repeat the procedure from
the last cube slab up six slabs of foam core 45 them all put them all together
with your tape pre assemble them I’m using a ruler to make sure everything is
nice and straight and I’m gonna use some just white construction adhesive just a
little bit on each edge when you use white glue like this you’re gonna
dramatically increase your craftsmanship of your part and that’s important when
you’re a designer creating quality parts to showcase to your clients the white
glue takes a long time to dry you see that I used supports to make sure
everything is square and straight you’ll also notice here I’m testing out with
the pieces to make them fit just perfect I mark where they go when I add my white
glue I’m adding it on the very inside of the 45 so as to minimize any glue that
would possibly lose out and you say hey couldn’t I make everything all out of
one piece you could but you’ll get soft corners on those edges that you fold
over here I’ve made a black one and you can kind of see how the corners are soft
so this is what your cube should look like in the end they should be quality
the next video is going to be foam core at advanced basics we’re gonna take a
looking at making some cylinders softer edges chamfers
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  1. What about contact cement in place of white glue? I'm not sure if it react negatively to the foam but you'd get something tacky after a few seconds. Hot glue is a pain for small fine projects. If I'm working with electronics of filling a hole, it's awesome. Don't care about stringing or being neat.

  2. Eric, Just letting you know, was here before you hit to the Million Subs, these kind of videos are gold and keep em coming! 🙂 Ps: I hate foamboard but love hot glue. (:

  3. How long does white PVA glue take to bond approx 15-30 min?

    I like the 45 deg angle with painters tape idea

    I see a lot of people use straight pins if they do the standard 90 deg flat pieces for custom gaming box inserts for example

  4. I really would like to know what the two metal tools you use that are square on the bottom and have the compound shape on the top. I would love to have a set. Mastering a given material is everything and you are a master. I am looking forward to learning what you have to teach.

  5. I just started looking for foamcore building stuff to make my crappy toy dramas look more real and this is by far the most informative short video I've seen in a long time. Video produced super nice too. Thanks!

  6. you know that if you put some vasline or petroleum jelly on the hot glue gun then it won't be so thick right it will thin it just right and you know that if your spiral your glue gun (move your gun if a circular position) it won't be so stringy right?? PLEASE READ its obvious you don't watch life hacks

  7. This is great! Thank you. I have a foam blade using a stencil cutter, so the sharp cuts are easy. Also, using the 45 deg angle, along with the tape makes it so easy! Wow, wish I had this info when I built my dollhouse (many eons ago =). Thanks again.

  8. Eric your videos are great. I have a question, though: which method do you recommend for peeling off foam board? Thank you!

  9. This is great. Thanks Eric. I've been working on making buildings from my tabletop RPG games and couldn't quite get the foam core box the way I wanted it. Going to follow your steps tonight. One note, I have actually been using 45 degree cuts for a while but not quite in this way. In fact, I ended up 3D printing a nice little tool to help with the task. You can find it here if you are interested. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1358344 I did end up cutting off the base plate because I found that it really just got in the way.

  10. One more thing… I usually use Aleene's Tacky Glue instead of PVA because it dries quickly and the tackiness of the glue helps hold things in place while you make minor adjustments.

  11. Is it just me or does this guy sound like a Rick and Morty Interdimensional Cable channel? Great video, btw. Thanks for the tips. Now I have a starting point.

  12. great video.
    I like to use bare utility blades for foamcore. I use the extra length of the blade to help guide the cut.
    A very shallow angle with your blade allows for an easier and cleaner cut.
    I learned some great techniques from Flite Test, as they use foam core to build RC aircraft.

  13. Eric, who is the maker of the square shown at 1:37 top/left of frame please? I can not decipher the logo and it is unfamiliar to me.

  14. Once again some excellent pro tips,no nonsense down to earth techniques,where did you get those useful small weights ?

  15. Eric, great video, I will tell you that hot glue is a must for RC airplanes, the fast set becomes your friend when you are gluing rudders and other control surfaces, particularly for a beginner as I am. I am the "client," but I totally understand you are referring to a potential customer. Very well done, thank you.

  16. Great Video Eric!!! I plan to use this technique on my diorama project!!! By the way, would you happen to know what the weight limit would be on a foam board building? The roof?

  17. Sir Strebel, you are a wizard with foam(s) & because I want to do quality work I need
    to ask your opinion about what type foam I might use? I'm designing an RC Plane &
    it will be about 40 inches across. Should I use a "Closed Cell foam" or is another type
    better? I'm looking for durable foam that can be shaped(cut/sanded). I'll use the best
    glue for the type foam I go with, for aesthetics & hold. I'll also do some type of paint &
    a laminate. Foam is my main concern & there's so many types that I thought I'd get
    your input before I do anything….. thank you

  18. Eric, can I ask that you remove the music please. Anyone wearing hearing aids as I do can hardly hear your voice . Other than that I'd wish I'd seen this last year !

  19. And after about a minute I can tell you're not nearly as good at cutting the foam core as you boast in the first half minute.

    Just critiquing the video. :{J

  20. I found out the best way to glue foamboard without messing up is to use a thick needle (you can get it from a pharmacy) and fill it with UHU glue👌

  21. Should I wear a mask when working with this material? I cut with a dull blade which is a pain in my ass so I stopped working on it until I get a sharp one. Anyway because it's dull a lot of the foam parts were on my table, am I at health risk for having those?

  22. Has an informative and catchy intro?
    Has specialized videos on making amazing structures out of foam board?
    Uses easy to find material?
    prefers PVA glue over a glue gun?
    measures in metric?!
    You sir have a new subscriber 😍

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