Companies are using
EPS foam, urethane foam, aluminum, light wood, acrylics, plastics and polycarbonate and
The shapes that can be created with a router are almost unlimited.
Applications & Industries:
* Automotive – Full scale cars, boats, planes
* Aerospace – UAVs models
* Architectural – Any 3D architectural shapes
* Fine Art, sculptures, statues
* Marine – Boats, ships models
* Museums – 3D displays, faces, statues
* Navigation – Topographic maps
If you have a 3D model you wish to design and it is either too large or too thick to be machined due to height or cutter length restrictions or the foam material not being thick enough, the shape can be sliced into sections. Each slice will be machined separately using the router and then the pieces can be glued together. The machined parts can then be sanded and coated with protective hard shell and painted, which will also take care of eliminating any visible grooves due to the gluing. Routers can also be used to create molds that can later be poured with concrete or polyurethane and other casting materials.
Every router uses a spindle – it is the motor that is doing the actual cutting. Router’s spindles range from 1HP (horse power) to 20HP and above, and they can hold end mills (the driller) from 1/16” all the way to 2” and above.
Different materials require different end mills and different cutting speeds. The denser the material the slower the cutting speed.
If you need to create a foam shape design that is large or even full scale you can use a small model, scan it using a 3D scanner then transport it into the