Open cell foam is foam material in which the cells or bubbles of the polymer are interconnected and do not maintain sealed and separate compartments. Compared to closed cell foam, the other main type of foam, open cell foam is more permeable to moisture vapor and provides less resistance to pressure, allowing it to be used when softness and conformability are required. Read More…
American Excelsior CompanyArlington, 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.$$$
American Foam ProductsPainesville, OH | 440-352-3434
For innovative and cost-effective fabricated foam packaging, American Foam Products should be your preferred vendor! We utilize a wide range of foams and other materials, including polyethylene, polyurethane, crosslink polyethylene, expanded polystyrene and plastic corrugated, as well as a broad range of manufacturing services and capabilities.$$$
Heubach CorporationGarland, 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.$$$
FlextechSt. Louis Park, MN | 952-345-0012
Since 1992, Flextech has delivered innovative, custom engineered foam solutions. We combine our engineering and design services with our unique foam lamination, fabrication, and thermoforming capabilities, to provide quality foam components to a diverse customer base. Our customers include OEM’s in the medical, industrial, military, aerospace and consumer products markets. We invite you to connect and collaborate with our sales and engineering team. Let us show you the Flextech advantage!$$$
Luxaire Cushion CompanyNewton 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.$$$
Wisconsin Foam Products, Inc.Madison, WI | 800-989-3626
Wisconsin Foam is a foam supplier that serves a multitude of applications & industries with highly targeted, cost-effective precision flexible foam solutions— no matter the size or complexity.$$$
Thrust IndustriesEvansville, 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.$$$
Design Converting, Inc.Grand Rapids, MI | 616-942-7780
Our long-term customers know they can trust us to find them the best deals on foam products. We believe that savings should be passed on. We are not in business simply to make profits, but to benefit our customers with high quality products and services.$$$
Different types of open cell foam include open cell polyurethane, open cell polyester, open cell polyamide. Air typically fills the spaces within the open cells, making open cell foam an excellent thermal insulation provider. The insulation value is related to the specifications of the cell alignment within the foam.
Foam materials are synthetically produced and as such can vary widely in terms of density, porosity, size and thickness. Open cell foam is widely used in construction and residential applications to provide thermal barriers to improve the quality of air within a space.
Using insulation foam also lowers energy costs and HVAC requirements, and can additionally provide air filtration from unwanted particles. Other common uses of open cell foam materials include in automotive and furniture seating as foam cushioning, as foam padding for mattresses, recreational equipment and appliances, as packaging material, sponges and scrubbers and medical foam.
As foam is a widely versatile material and can be fabricated to suit any number of applications, there are important specifications to consider when determining the best type and size to use. Density, tensile strength, temperature, thermal conductivity, abrasiveness and compressibility are factors which vary with type of foam and can directly affect the results of the material's use.
Foam also tends to break down over time, especially if it is exposed to frequent wear and tear. Therefore it will need to be replaced at some stage in almost every application. Open cell foam is a less dense material than closed cell foam and so tends to be a more cost-effective solution for many foam applications. However, due to its tendency to soak up and retain water, open cell foam cannot be used for many of the floatation and buoyancy uses for which closed cell foam is so popular.
Reticulated foam, which is open cell foam with very interconnected cells and high porosity levels, is an ideal material for applications in which retention and large surface areas are desired such as filtering materials, fuel tank inserts and loudspeaker covers. Open cell foam is able to trap particles and unwanted elements while allowing the passage of air and/or liquids.