Multi Purpose SM*
Mass market to benefit from Multi-purposeSTYROFOAM SM insulation
STYROFOAM™ Brand SM Insulation is set to bring the advantages of STYROFOAM to a much wider range of application from simple house projects to geotechnical applications. Produced economically but yet maintains all the essential properties of insulation, no water absorption, clean and non fibrous and high strengths, it becomes more affordable for a bigger spectrum of users.
The STYROFOAM SM has been added to our range of products to make the material more accessible to those working on smaller projects across the new build, renovation projects, residential premises and self-build sectors.
DIY Tips of How to Cut Styrofoam ?
1. Razor Knife Cutting
- Thin sheets of Styrofoam, from 25mm to 30mm thick, can be cut using a Box Cutter knife.
- Measure the sheet with a tape measure.
- Mark the sheet:
- Place a notch at the appropriate place.
- Lay a straightedge along the marks.
- Pull the Box Cutter knife toward you in one smooth motion. You may have to run the knife several times over the cut to penetrate material. You could use various straightedges, from carpenters' squares to drywall T squares, or even a long two-by-four board.
- For longer boards….
- Use a chalkbox for cuts longer than the straight edge.
- Notch the sheet of Styrofoam, and hold the chalked string in one of the notches.
- Pull the string taut to the other mark.
- Pop the string to release the chalk mark onto the foam.
- Cut the sheet to the identified line.
2. Handsaw Method
- A wood-cutting handsaw with a fine-tooth blade can be used for thicker material.
- Lay the foam sheet on a pair of sawhorses to support the sheet off the ground.
- You will need clearance for the blade to cut through the Styrofoam.
- Mark the sheet or block of foam, using the chalk box as described above.
- The saw cue edge will not be as smooth as a hot wire, but the cut will be accurate.
3. Hot Wire Cutting
- A hot-wire cutter consists of a single Nichrome wire suspended between a tensioned bow. Nichrome is a brand name for a nickel-chromium resistance wire, a nonmagnetic alloy of nickel and chromium.
- The wire is electrically insulated from the bow. An electrical current, typically DC power, passes through the wire. The electrical-resistance characteristics of the wire create heat.
- The hot wire melts the foam as it passes through the material.
- A hot-wire cutter is made to any size. The bow is constructed from a wood frame or bent from electrical mechanical tubing, also called conduit.
- Large hot-wire cutters are held between two people to perform accurate cuts.
- The cut line is again made from the chalk-box method. The hot wire is slower than cutting the Styrofoam with a handsaw but the cut edge is smoother because the Styrofoam melts as it is cut.
- Power sources for the hot-wire unit range from a simple 12-volt car battery to a sophisticated power supply. The power supply plugs into any home outlet, and the output power is adjustable to dial in a specific temperature for the wire cutter.
Other Multi Purpose Use for Styrofoam SM
1. Furniture Core
The shelf is made with 100mm Styrofoam core and mosaic tiles are mounted on using adhesive grout.
Kitchen cabinets. Styrofoam is used to replace masonary brick and concrete, finished in plastering and ceramic tiles.
Strong enough to make Deck Chairs
Other furniture items.
2. Architectural Model Making
Using Styrofoam as the core material gives the final model higher stability during temperature changes and reduces warping.
3. Landscape and Builder’s Work
Highly suitable for any form of builders work on buildings that are extra sensitive to high loads. Styrofoam is structurally strong, lightweight and has working compatibility with cementitious materials. On its own, it doesn’t absorb water and therefore will not rot or turn mouldy.
Planters and seating areas.
4. Wall Decoration and Insulation
Cut our Styrofoam into any shape you wish. Paint using Emulsion Paints.
Many individuals use Styrofoam for craft projects and household purposes. Ball, block and cone-shaped pieces of Styrofoam can be decorated with craft supplies such as paint, fabric, craft jewels and beads and used as ornaments or candle holders. Styrofoam is also often used as the base in which to secure silk flower arrangements. Children also enjoy playing with this material, which can also be used for school projects such as planet replicas. Styrofoam is available in many shapes, including hearts, discs, eggs and cubes
- Cutting: STYROFOAM™ brand foam cuts easily with a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or Xacto knife. Wax the knife blade with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts. To cut a thick piece, or several sheets stacked together, try using an old electric knife , as the saying goes, "it cuts like butter."
- Sanding: For smooth, rounded edges, "sand" the foam with another piece of STYROFOAM brand foam. To shape larger pieces, cut out the basic shape and then sand to the final shape.
- Sculpting: Shape it with your fingers, carve it with a knife, roll it on a table, or texture it with tools. You can even roll it flat with a rolling pin.
- Texturing: Cover foam shapes with plaster, wallboard compound, gesso, modeling paste or other coating materials. Then, smooth it or stucco it, swirl it or sculpt it.
- Cookie cutters: For a wide variety of fun shapes, press metal cookie cutters into a ½" thick sheet of STYROFOAM brand foam. Gently remove the shape from the cutter, "sand" any rough edges with another piece of foam, and you're done. Dip your shape in paint and stamp out greeting cards and wrapping paper; or, use the shape to decorate a Christmas tree, garland or wreath.
- Curling: To create curls, cut out thin strips from a foam sheet by holding a knife vertically, pressing slightly against the sheet and carefully pulling the knife toward you.
- Painting: Paint with water-based craft paint. Solvent-based paints may damage the foam (see paint manufacturer's instructions for details). For thorough coverage, try a stiff stencil brush and gently "scrub" the surface with the paint. Some spray paints are safe to use on STYROFOAM brand foam, read the label carefully to determine whether or not it's foam-safe. When spraying, rotate the shape for better coverage. For easier handling when painting, insert a floral pick or skewer into the foam shape to use as a handle. When done, insert the handle in a block of STYROFOAM™ or stand in a glass or can while paint dries.
- Gluing: For a fast, sure bond, use a low-temperature glue fun. Hot glue guns can be used but the hot glue may melt a small portion of the foam. White craft glue is a tried and true favorite for STYROFOAM™ brand foam. For a better bond between two pieces, gently rub the pieces together before gluing; insert toothpicks or florist's picks between the pieces to hold them together while the glue dries.