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The fabrication of foam begins with various types of polymers such as polyether, polyester, Volara, or ethafoam, which can be shaped, configured, and formed into any type of complex design. In recent years, there has been a surge in the use of foam products due their durability and longevity as well as serving as excellent protection. Read More…

Foam Fabricators The fabrication of foam begins with various types of polymers such as polyether, polyester, Volara, or ethafoam, which can be shaped, configured, and formed into any type of complex design. In recent years, there has been a surge in the use of foam products due their durability and longevity as well as serving as excellent protection.
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Arlington, TX  |  800-777-7645

The applications for foam fabricating are only limited by one’s imagination; that is our slogan at American Excelsior. We are a foam supplier who offers many different foam cushions & foam padding for over a dozen industries.

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American Excelsior Company $$$

Painesville, OH  |  440-352-3434

For innovative and cost-effective fabricated foam packaging, American Foam Products should be your preferred vendor! We utilize a wide range of foams and other materials, including polyethylene, polyurethane, crosslink polyethylene, expanded polystyrene and plastic corrugated, as well as a broad range of manufacturing services and capabilities.

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American Foam Products $$$

Garland, TX  |  800-530-0091

Our highly advanced foam solution are ideal for a wide range of applications. We take your satisfaction very seriously which is why we offer custom services to accurately manufacture all of your products.

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Heubach Corporation $$$

St. Louis Park, MN  |  952-345-0012

Since 1992, Flextech has delivered innovative, custom engineered foam solutions. We combine our engineering and design services with our unique foam lamination, fabrication, and thermoforming capabilities, to provide quality foam components to a diverse customer base. Our customers include OEM’s in the medical, industrial, military, aerospace and consumer products markets. We invite you to...

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Flextech $$$

Newton Falls, OH  |  330-872-0995

At Luxaire, we realize the importance of customer care. No matter how challenging the project, we fabricate our foam with the utmost precision to get it right the first time. Available foams include rigid, semi-rigid, open-cell, and outdoor foam. We are capable of performing detailed fabrication with our cutting-edge CAD production equipment.

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Luxaire Cushion Company $$$

Madison, WI  |  800-989-3626

Wisconsin Foam is a foam supplier that serves a multitude of applications & industries with highly targeted, cost-effective precision flexible foam solutions— no matter the size or complexity.

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Wisconsin Foam Products, Inc. $$$

Evansville, IN  |  800-467-6730

Here at Thrust Industries we provide die cut foam that comes in a variety of shapes and configurations. We die cut foam from a number of materials including: urethane, PVC, polyester, neoprene, ether, cellular, volara, and much more.

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Thrust Industries $$$

Grand Rapids, MI  |  616-942-7780

Our long-term customers know they can trust us to find them the best deals on foam products. We believe that savings should be passed on. We are not in business simply to make profits, but to benefit our customers with high quality products and services.

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Design Converting, Inc. $$$
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What is Foam for Fabrication?

When the word foam is used, it must be understood that it relates to a wide assortment of materials, including rubber, that are used to create foam materials. Polymeric foam is formed from various types of polymers. Rubber foam is formed from the methods used to produce synthetic rubber. The type of foam depends on the application for which it is being produced as foam for insulation is radically different from foam used for packing and shipping.

The qualities of each type of foam define how it is used and its purpose. Foam fabricators carefully select the correct type of foam material for the production of foam products such that they exactly fit the application. Fabricators do not specialize in any one type of foam but offer a variety of types to meet customer requirements.

Definition of Foam Types

When defining foam types, the first consideration is the type of cells. The initial definition of foam types specified by foam fabricators is open and closed cell. When it is necessary for a foam product to be soft, flexible, and pliable, the type of foam being used is the open type where there are large open spaces in the foam that permit air to be trapped. A common form of this type of foam is in pillows.

A denser version of foam is the closed cell type, which is stiff and solid. It can be used to support walls, be material for bumpers on cars, or be sprayed in as insulation. Since closed foam is rigid and stiff, it is produced in sheets to be cut, compressed, or molded into several shapes for applications that require sturdy solid material.

Different Types of Foam Fabricator Materials

Foam fabricators are constantly developing new uses for foam materials. In certain cases, specialty foams that are specifically designed for unusual applications are formulated to meet industry requirements. This has led to the development of off shoots of foam that are related to the normal varieties but have properties to fit unique conditions.

A common type of open cell foam is polyether, which is light, compressible, flexible, and tear resistant. A vital part of the characteristics of polyether foam is its resistance to the growth of mold, fungus, and mildew, which makes it suitable for climates with high humidity. This type of foam is used for medical devices and sports gear.

Polyester foam is made from the same root polymer as polyether foam, which is the polyurethane family of polymers. Of the two types of polymers, polyester was developed first and has high tensile strength and hardness. These characteristics make it the main choice for the textile industry. A special feature of polyester foam for foam fabricators is its resistance to hydrocarbons and alcohol.

Volara foam is a cross linked low density polyethylene (LDPE) that has excellent chemical resistance. This type of foam is used by foam fabricators for applications that require thermal insulation, low water absorption, and resistance to abrasion. Its main use is as a protective material for boxes and display cases.

When protection is needed for electronics, foam fabricators normally choose ethafoam since it is a denser foam with exceptional shock absorption characteristics. It is a closed cell foam that is adaptable to a wide variety of applications and has the durability to withstand impact and pressure. Since it is flexible and customizable, it is used for the storage of valuables.

The few foam materials described above are a sampling of the many types of foam materials available to foam fabricators. When a process demands a foam material, fabricators carefully select the right product for the application.

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Closed Cell Foam

Closed Cell Foam

Closed cell foam is a type of foam where the “cells” are tightly pressed together and enclosed, contrasting with the open, traditional polyurethane foam variation or interconnected cells of the open cell...

Polyethylene Foam

Polyethylene Foam

Polyethylene foam is a valuable closed-cell thermoplastic foam material. A closed-cell foam consists of tiny dense cells enclosed by its walls. The cells sit close to each other, but they are not interconnected. Hence, closed-cell foams like...

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam is a porous, cellular-structured, synthetic material made from the reaction of polyols and diisocyanates. Its structure is a composite of a solid phase and a gas phase. The solid phase is made from...

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