- Determine the dimensions of the object you wish to set into the
foam. The dimensions that should be considered are size, shape and
- Place the object on top of the foam to get an idea of how you
are going to lay it out. Often times you may want to set several
items in your case, so this is a good first step to determine where
everything will be located. Try different configurations for best
fit and protection.
- Place larger and heavier objects towards the hinges and the
smaller lightweight objects closer to the latches. Notice how much
the object is depressing the foam under its own weight and keep this
in mind to allow enough foam thickness between objects and case
walls. The heavier or more sensitive the object is, the more foam
you will want surrounding it for protection.
- Keep your case well balanced by placing heavy objects towards
the center and surround it with lighter items. Remember that your
case will be turned in all directions when traveling and especially
while being handled by others.
MARKING TRACING METHOD
You can now mark your foam by tracing your objects with white chalk or
thick black Magic MarkerŪ Remember that the foam will "give"
considerably, so smaller tipped markers are better.
CUTTING METHOD FOR OBJECTS WITH HARD CORNERS
Another approach is to gently press your object into the foam at its
chosen location to reveal the pre-scored lines (then run either a blade
or even your finger along side your object, tracing it to separate the
score breaks a short distance down). The foam will separate easily
during this step. This method works best with square or rectangular
CHALK METHOD FOR ROUNDED OR UNEVEN SHAPES
We recommend using the chalk method for round, curved or unevenly shaped
objects. Chalk marks can later be removed with a damp cloth or the foam
may be flipped over when removing foam all the way through.
PLUCKING AND CUTTING
Remove all your objects from the foam surface and determine how you want
to make the vertical holes for your objects.
SQUARE/HARD EDGED OBJECTS
The easiest method when working with square or rectangular objects is to
simply break the score line all the way through the foam and remove the
block you have just created. You can now use scissors to cut this block
for placing into your foam hole as an insert to add further protection
on the bottom side of your object. Determine the thickness of your
objects in relation to the foam and case depth before cutting this small
block. This method will yield a very clean-cut hole. You can also just
find the depth at which to remove the foam and simply pluck the foam out
with your fingers. Although effective, this method does not leave a very
flat or even surface.
If your object is very thick you may not need to worry about plucking or
SOFT CORNERS OR UNEVENLY SHAPED OBJECTS
Adapt the above method for shaping the foam to round, curved or unevenly
shaped objects. The foam is pre-scored, so better results can be
achieved by using a hobby knife with a long thin blade. A surgical
scalpel facilitates this process by cleanly slicing the foam, creating
nice square edges for your cutouts. In other words, the sharper your
cutting instrument, the cleaner your results.
Thin objects can easily be fitted into the foam by separating the score
marks to the length of an object and forming a slot. The object can then
be pushed into this slot without removing any of the foam.
We hope you found this helpful in getting your case set up to protect
your valuable equipment. If you have any comments or questions please
email or call us.