Foam CNC machining is a
type of cutting technology that can be used to cut foam to
meet exact specifications, making it ideal for cutting custom foam
inserts. The foam
inserts used in protective packaging are essential to ensure the safety
contents. To create the empty spaces for the product to lay in, precise
cuts away the excess material from a solid block of foam, leaving behind
Different foam types will serve the exact needs of supporting different
precise cutting is always necessary for a product that is properly
displayed in a professional manner.
What is a foam CNC machine?
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Controlled, which refers to how a
preprogrammed computer software is used to control the tools and
machines that cut
the foam, rather than manual machinery. Different types of CNC machinery
are suited to work different materials, but CNC routers are the most
common and are the type used for foam CNC machining.
Foam CNC machines are specifically designed to smoothly and precisely
shapes out of foam materials, such as polyethylene and polyurethane. CNC
cutting machines can be used to create packaging, decor elements, props,
insulation and much more.
How does foam CNC machining work?
First, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is used to create and
design based on the object the foam packaging is intended to hold. Once
is finalised, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software is used to
dimensions of the design into detailed numerical instructions for the CNC machine
to understand. The file information must also be converted into a
language that CNC
machines understand. This language is called G-code.
The G-code essentially tells the machine what operations to perform,
such as the
dimensions and depth of a cut, as well as the toolpath to follow. Once
machine has received the G-code and has been set up with the appropriate
and material, it is then time to cut the final product out of foam.
and sharp blades enable the operator to cut any shape out of the foam,
as long as
the thickness corresponds to the thickness of the material.
What are the advantages to Foam CNC Machining?
Using a CNC machine is one of the best ways to cut high-density foam and
technology has a number of benefits. Using CNC machine yields highly
results with consistent product quality. This makes CNC machining
useful in the programming of products with complex shapes. The process
be easily replicated as the same design or template can be used multiple
to produce products with the exact same specifications, making it an
technique in cases of mass production.
CNC machines also improve production speed and cost-efficiency. CNC
operate at incredibly high speeds of over 1500 inches per minute and,
traditional machinery, one operator can run several CNC machines at
once. On top of
the precision and efficiency advantages, CNC machining is much safer
manually operating machines as the machinery operates behind a safety
Whatever item it is that youíre looking to keep safe or transport
safely, itís important
to have a high-quality protective packaging solution you can rely on. CP
Cases uses CNC routing to manufacture custom foam inserts that meet exacting
If you have any questions about our foam engineering, feel free to call
a member of our team on 0208 568 1881 or email