The closest I see on there are Grenada, MS and Houston, TX which are both quite a distance.
For 1lb foam in Iowa where I'm located it's available for under $200, and 2lb foam for a little over $300 plus shipping. Sometimes there are higher prices for 1 qty, and price breaks for higher quantities that are worth asking your block molder about. Also the prices do fluctuate with petroleum prices as Polystyrene is made from a combination of Ethylene and Benzene which are petroleum based products.
We usually let our customers decide for themselves if buying our equipment is a good business decision since there are a lot of factors in running a successful business including geographic location and personal know how and connections to the market.
I can only suggest you do your homework and be comfortable with it. If you decide to go ahead, we sell great machines that can help you be productive and I hope we would get your business.
Last post by mooremetal2 - November 21, 2013, 02:30:04 PM
I am trying to start a new company with a cnc and wire cutter. I want to do Art but would like as well to make money cutting architectural foam. Does anyone know what way would be best to make money out of the box with the equipment? I am trying to show my partner I can make at least 15k a month with the machine to start it off. Does anyone have any expertise in a start up and somewhere I could get some numbers together to prove the viability of a foam start up?
The 3/16" I/D opening is perfect for the Styropoxy as it's very thick. You also need to hold the gun pointed to the ceiling if you are not actively trying to spray as the material can drip out the large orifice otherwise.
The thing is from tests it was producing the most smooth molds when you brush after spraying. Two coats (brushed each time) produced the finest results.
So for some users the spraying becomes redundant and only makes more clean up than needed. For others it is a good way to apply it. I'll leave that call up to the users.
In tests with other gravity feed HVLP guns it was possible to spray, but it applied the material so slowly it may aggravate the user and test their patience.
One sure way to apply it is to mix and pour evenly across the foam then spread with brush. I typically use the disposable brushes, but it will clean up with Acetone, Alcohol, or warm soapy water if you want to reuse your brushes.
Last post by imageres - August 26, 2013, 11:17:55 AM
I am looking for some guidelines on using a sprayer to apply Styropoxy for mold building. What type of sprayers work best and where can they be purchased; and general techniques for application. What I am looking for is an application method that will produce a smooth finish without a lot of hand finishing.