Hot wire foam cutting hasn't always been the industry that it is today. If it wasn't for the discovery of the chemical reaction that produced polyurethanes, foams may not be as widely used as they now are.
Since their inception in 1849, polyurethanes have become one of the most versatile materials available. While the first successful chemical reaction was reported in the mid-19th century, it wouldn’t be until nearly a hundred years later that a man named Otto Bayer would find a commercial use for the product of that reaction. The onset of the Second World War spurred intensive research and development programs in the US, Germany, and Britain. As the war progressed, a shortage of essential materials prompted demand for new and cost-effective methods for producing fibers, coatings, foams, and other substances. The initial research ran into trouble with relatively high costs and poor physical properties, which forced the newly-emergent polyurethane industry to begin looking at other potential solutions. The breakthrough year finally came in 1957, which saw the arrival of a wide range of polyether polyols. These are used to make rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, and elastic polymers. This new material was both cost-effective and incredibly versatile, which provided the catalyst for the tremendous growth that the polyurethane industry would experience in the coming decades.
Fast forward to today. No matter where you look, you will see polyurethanes — in mattresses, couches, insulation, liquid coatings and paints, roller blade wheels, soft flexible foam toys, apparel, appliances, automobiles, construction, and so much more. The polyurethane industry has become an incredibly important cornerstone of the U.S. economy. Despite its widespread use, there hasn’t been a great way to shape and cut polyurethane foam on-site — until Foam Cutters, LLC.
Our hot wire polystyrene foam cutting tool makes on-site cutting quicker and easier than it’s been in the entirety of the industry’s history. Our portable foam cutter brings unprecedented levels of precision to your operation, increasing efficiency, accuracy, and overall cost-effectiveness. With a hot wire polystyrene foam cutting tool from Foam Cutters, LLC, you can cut to the exact dimensions you need, reducing the amount of unusable material leftover. Our portable foam cutter features an adjustable-length Nichrome wire, allowing workers to cut anything from the largest foam blocks to the smallest, most intricate shapes.