FoamCore Pro Tutorial Guide Foam Board model making: Compound surface modeling Techniques tips

FoamCore Pro Tutorial Guide Foam Board model making: Compound surface modeling Techniques tips


you call yourself a designer or a maker
and you’re still cutting your foam core with a pair of scissors come on dude
you actually think this is how you make a compound surface with a piece of
foamboard seriously all right let’s get real here folks foam core Pro techniques
compound surfaces at a foam board my name is Eric Strebel
I’m an industrial designer welcome to my channel about product design and making
I hope that you like and joy and become a subscriber in the first video we took
a look at how to make some basic cubes and learn how to cut foam core in the
second video we took a look at how to make some radiuses corners and cylinders
if you haven’t seen those videos you need to go back and watch that one
before you check this one out here’s some good basic tools that you’ll
definitely need for this a good steel ruler some very sharp blades some white
glue a good cutting board and of course some foam core so as a designer you want
quality stuff and clearly that’s not quality let me show you how you make
some nice compound organic surfaces out of foam board so for the purposes of
this video I’m gonna make a simple grid square that I can lay a compound surface
on top of so that’s what the first part of this video is about just creating and
laying out this grid out of foam core and I’m slotting the pieces together
here I’m using a little bit of white glue just to glue everything up and the
beauty of white glue here in this case is that it doesn’t just set up instantly
like haiku does allow me to square everything
up and make it nice and true and it gives me great strength so we’re gonna
take advantage of the properties of foam core we’re gonna make an organic surface
something that you could not do with a piece of paper because foam core is a
composite material meaning it has a paper on both sides of a flexible inside
we are going to score a grid pattern on each side of the foam core and allow the
composite structure to become flexible so we’re gonna lay out a 1 centimeter
grid and score about halfway through the foam core on the first side of the foam
board we’re gonna flip the piece over and we’re gonna do the exact same thing
on the other side but we’re gonna offset that grid by 5 millimeters that’s gonna
give us this beautiful flexible surface that’s gonna give us our organic
compound surface capability I originally developed this technique for a NASCAR
team that was looking for a way to patch up holes during a race it would have
been with a different type of material than foam core but it was a composite to
lay on this structure we’re gonna glue on the ends first because I went up the
edges to be nice and straight and then we’re gonna do the inside ribs I know
it’s a little bit backwards we’re gonna hold everything in place with rubber
bands and this is what you’re gonna get in the end a beautiful organic compound
surface with foam core and we didn’t even use any hot glue if you liked the
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18 thoughts on “FoamCore Pro Tutorial Guide Foam Board model making: Compound surface modeling Techniques tips

  1. "White glue gives me strength!" – Eric Strebel, 2017.

    In many many years, when you write your memoirs, the first sentence you write down is "When i first tried white glue, i immediately felt strength rush through my body. I was nearly invincible".

    To hell with Red Bull, it's White Glue time.

  2. Brilliant.

    Have you considered doing this with a triangular grid? Would the additional cuts lend any additional flexibility, and is it worth it?

  3. hey i subscribed because your vids show me just what i want and need with respect to model building with one exception; how to cut round holes accurately , i.e. like windows with round tops or round windows. is there a method or tip or technique to doing so well.?? thanks in advance

  4. nice video series! Im just a young student punk- but I was wondering how you would make a little hole- Like the diameter of a pencil?

  5. all that work for a simple curve please stop acting like an expert and throwing in the remark about being consulted by nascar thats an odd dodge no one could prove.Youd be better off saying Boeing asked your advice on contructing one of their planes. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I don't know if you made a video about this, but one of the things that annoyed me the most during my modeling was the inablity to make crisp and clean holes ( for windows or other openings)… it didnt matter the amount of passes i made with the scalpel, for some reason it wouldn't cut the cardboard face on the other side and i would always cut through with an angle… after i pushed the piece out, i would get a mess of around the edges of the hole with messed up foam and hairs of cardboard, regardless of the size of the cut hole and if just changed the blade….i thought i could polish the edge with a piece of sandpaper, but it turned out to be a stupid idea that made things worse…
    English is not my native language but i do hope u understand what i am talking about. I also do value a lot your expertise on the subject and hope to get some guidance from you.

  7. 1 What brand of exacto do you use?
    2 Does that matter?
    3 How often do you change the blade?
    4 How many blades do you keep on hand?

    Ty for vids, very helpful

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