The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

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The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby Tyr » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:46 am

I have very limited experience with EVA foam builds(started today) and I'd like to post a few of the mistakes and corrections I have made so that you all may learn from them.

1. keep in mind the direction of the textured side if it matters to your build.
Do:
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Don't:
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2. Go slow with your cuts and edging.
Do:
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Don't:
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3. Always be sure to check that you've marked what needs to be cut and ONLY what needs to be cut(in my case ONLY is an issue as I follow all marks with a score of the X-Acto).
Do:
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Don't:
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Useful Tips.
Using a ruler to hold down your templates while you trace them can prevent them from sliding around:
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Yes, my ruler is indeed pink.

I also use thumbtacks(push pins for sewing will also work but be careful to not push them completely through) to hold thinner pieces Down:
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This leaves small holes so it's best to use in places that won't be shown such as the backs of parts or areas that will be cut out. If not using Plasti Dip as a sealant should smooth them out.

It's a good idea to save your scraps.
I personally use the little jigsaw pieces to hold sharp things:
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I'm sure I will inevitably make more mistakes so I will update accordingly.
Also, anyone else that has mistakes and corrections feel free to upload them with picture examples.
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby Dutch » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:11 am

Thanks for posting this Tyr. It shows that we all make mistakes, and that we learn from them. :D
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby SpartanWannabe » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:37 am

Thank you. This will be invaluable help for anyone who is thinking of trying EVA.
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby Tyr » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:06 am

Glad that this could help.
First post edited with some useful tips.
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby doc » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:45 pm

Lol I spent $100 on the eva foam and it still sitting in my room all boxed up. I think I want to try and make the robot sub zero with it...... might be cool.
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby Slins » Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:06 am

One thing I've noticed is this: If you need to sand down large areas with a hand held rotary device and you do not have a steady hand, get a double vice grip and some padding to hold the tool for you while being clamped to a steady surface (such as a table or counter edge). Slide the piece you are working on underneath of the tool making slow, steady passes. This way you don't have to worry about accidentally gouging a nice strip into your armor with a dremle and the finish will more be flat and even.
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Re: The Dos and Don'ts of EVA foam building.

Postby vshore100 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:29 pm

Great tips Tyr. Thanks for posting.
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