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Foam is a synthetically fabricated material that can be used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications as cushioning, structural support and insulation. There are two general classifications of foam: open cell structured foam and closed cell structured foam. Read More…

Foam Foam is a polymer-based material that contains trapped air bubbles inside. To create foam, molten polymer material is frothed and then cooled, filling the material with numerous tiny bubbles. Foam resembles a sponge because of these small air bubbles.
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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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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 $$$

Minneapolis, MN  |  952-345-0012

Flextech has been providing innovative solutions for our customer's challenging projects since 1992. Flextech objectives are to be fair and honest in all of dealings with our suppliers, customers, and employees.

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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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In open cell foam, the pores, or cells, are interconnected and joined. The resulting foam is flexible and soft, able to be compressed and easily broken apart.

In closed cell foam, the cells are sealed from one another and are arranged in a compact configuration that results in firmer and pressure resistant foam as the cells do not join together or compress. Various synthetic polymers are used to fabricate foam materials, namely polyurethane, polyethylene, polyester and more. Each polymer provides characteristics that are desirable in certain applications.

Polyurethane foam is closed-cell foam that over time decomposes when exposed to sunlight. In this way, it is an environmentally friendly material choice, especially for products which do not require an exceptionally long life span. Polyethylene foam, on the other hand, is especially useful for shock and vibration absorption due to its cell configuration.

The foam itself is made by mixing the chemical elements and adding a gassing agent. The addition of a gassing agent causes the material to expand and form a strip of foam material. The length of time the process lasts for, combined with the intensity of the gassing agent will affect the porosity of the final product. The gas bubbles are essentially trapped in the polymer material allowing it to have an element of flexibility that a solid polymer would not have.

Stock rolls or buns of foam are the most common form in which it is stored and transported to fabricators, and then a number of foam fabricating services, such as foam cutting, can be performed in order for the foam to match the desired shape, size and dimensions of the final product. Water jet cutting, die cutting, hot wire cutting and more are all common techniques employed in the process of foam fabrication.

Common foam applications such as packaging, insulation, cushioning, acoustics and more use different foams. Characteristics that are true of almost every type of foam include lightweightness, compressibility, low thermal conductivity, low water vapor transmission, resiliency and resistance to mold, mildew and bacterial growth.

Less common than solid foam, liquid foam serves a number of specific applications and can be used as a fire retardant materials to fill gaps in construction projects, or in other settings to prevent the spread of fires, and to prevent air and water leakage. The reacting foam expands to fill the exact shape of the area in a way that solid foam or other materials could not.

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