Foam for thought
Author: Brad Date Posted:5 February 2020
Foam comes in many different variations with different properties, open cell, closed cell. What does this all mean? Let's break it down into the 5 different types of foam we supply here at VFM Group.
EVA (Closed Cell)
EVA is the hardest, or firmest types of our foam. Due to its high impact abilities and being the most durable type of foam, EVA is commonly used for road cases, transport packaging, boat fenders, yoga mats, camping mats and used as targets in sports like archery.
Being a closed cell foam has its advantages, being water resistant and having good buoyancy properties makes EVA foam perfect for marine activities like boat seating, pool toys, swimming aids.
Flexibility is another benefit, our thinner 5mm pieces of EVA are perfect for shaping when designing cosplay costumes, movie/stage props and craft activities. You can make anything from a sword and shield to some puzzle piece mats for the kids.
Being lightweight yet having those high impact properties makes EVA perfect for road cases and packaging during travel. Use the foam sheets to place in between your computer monitors or TV screens while in transit, perfect for karaoke hosts and those doing corporate presentations on the road.
Having good insulation characteristics against heat and cold and being impervious to mildew, mould, rot and bacteria EVA foam is perfect for use in a food van or food markets for keeping a more even temperature around your produce.
EVA is a non toxic material and a suitable substitute for natural rubber, vinyl, neoprene, polyurethane and PVC foams, wood composites, felts, fiberglass, and mineral wool.
EPE has a lot of similar qualities but let's talk about it anyway!
EPE (Closed Cell)
Lightweight, semi-rigid and flexible EPE foam (also known as pearl foam or kaizen foam). Similar to EVA, EPE is commonly used in packaging, used for impact and shock absorption, vibration dampening, and surface protection.
EPE is a medium density foam, some would call it “springy”. It’s easy to cut and therefore perfect for cutting spaces to create a custom fit for your tools, audio gear, cameras, ipads/tablets and hobby gear. EPE works great when CNC routing shapes to make sure all of your gear has that perfect fit.
Because of its great strength to weight ratio, Titan AV EPE foam is perfect for general foam packaging, floor underlay, furniture edge protection, water floatation, road case/ camera case customizing.
PU (Open Cell)
Soft and lightweight, PU foam is an open cell flat foam. Open cell foam is less dense than other foam and more ‘squishy’, think of a sponge, it's like that!
Most commonly used in a road case as a base layer or lid liner for impact and shock absorption and surface protection. Easily cut to size making it ideal for customising your camera cases, drone cases and or any case requiring a custom foam insert.
PU foam also has some acoustic properties and will minimise reverberation and echo slightly. Perfect for when you want a tighter sound but don’t want to completely get rid of that natural reverb in your home studio or band rehearsal room.
Pick n Pluck
Pick n Pluck foam is essentially an open cell PU foam that has precut 1.5cm x 1.5cm cubes to allow you to pluck out those cubes and make custom spaces for your gear.
We have pick n pluck foam in sizes to fit our Titan AV hard cases, steel rack mountable drawers and single sheet for full customization.
Perfect for photographers/videographers and their camera gear, sound/audio engineers to store microphones, mixers and tools. Any type of fragile items will benefit from having a perfectly sized space to be stored in because it's less likely to get bumped around in transit.
Acoustic & Studio
Acoustic foam is an open cell PU type foam, however it is a bit more dense than your standard PU foam. Designed specifically for absorbing sound waves making it perfect for home studios, audio booths, vocal recording, TV and radio and server/gear rooms.
Coming in a variation of patterns like wedge, pyramid, flat and tile you’ll find the perfect look for your studio. We have panels in sizes of 50x50x5cm with a section of different size bass traps for those low end frequencies in the corners of your rooms. For more information check out our blog on Acoustic Treatment