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Old 26 Aug 2005, 11:58   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone here ever used a soldering iron for cutting foam?* I was thinking about getting one but I wanted to see if anyone else here as done it before.* I technically will not be cutting with it but carving surface features with it.* HotWireFoamFactory sells something that you plug into the wall but I do not think it gets hot enough.

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Old 26 Aug 2005, 12:17   #2 (permalink)
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A sautering iron?

I'm not entirely sure what that is..

Do you mean soldering iron?

If so, then.....no, I haven't.
It would create a lot of bad fumes, so I wouldn't advise it
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Old 26 Aug 2005, 14:51   #3 (permalink)
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HotWireFoamFactory sells something that you plug into the wall but I do not think it gets hot enough.
well if you mean soldering iron then they get extreamly hot, not sure if they would be any good for cutting tho
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Old 26 Aug 2005, 16:35   #4 (permalink)
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The spell checker let my spelling error through. Sorry. I will actually be using the iron to engrave on the foam boards. I think it will work much better than the hotwirefoamfactory variety.

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Old 26 Aug 2005, 17:26   #5 (permalink)
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well if your just engraving the a soldering iron should work fine 8)
you should probably test it first tho
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Old 26 Aug 2005, 18:27   #6 (permalink)
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Cutting foam leaves a residue on the tool you use. So if you intend to use the soldering iron for actual electrical work... you're going to need to clean off the foam residue somehow. Other than that, it'll do the job fine.
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If you do get one, make sure you can change what temperature it can be set at. Otherwise it will get too hot and becomes hard to smooth and shape things as you want because it burns too much away.
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