Extruded foam XPS is a type of rigid foam that is used in various modeling, hobby, diorama, and DIY projects. It is a lightweight and durable material that is easy to work with, making it a popular choice among hobbyists and professionals.
Extruded XPS is a closed-cell foam, which means it has a high resistance to moisture and is a good thermal insulator. This makes it an excellent choice for creating terrains, landscapes, and other model-building elements, including buildings, bases, and bricks, as well as ideal for making gaming boards, dioramas, and other DIY projects.
There are several tools you can use to shape and cut it. One of the most common tools is a hot-wire cutter, which is a handheld device that heats a wire to cut through the foam. A hot knife is another tool that uses heat to cut through the foam, but it is more precise than a hot-wire cutter and is ideal for creating intricate details.
Saws and knives can also be used to cut through this material. A hand saw or jigsaw is ideal for cutting through larger pieces of foam, while a sharp utility knife or craft knife can be used to make smaller cuts and details.
When working with Extruded foam XPS, it is essential to take safety precautions as this material can release toxic fumes when heated or sanded vigorously. It is important to wear a fume mask or work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling the fumes.