Balsa Foam as support base for 1650 / 2000

HaveBlue had emailed me with a tidbit of information — he had shown one of the bases from his 1600 to someone who thought the foam looked a lot like ‘Balsa Foam’. I emailed the mfg and found out there’s a $300 minimum order on some 10x10x1.5 chunks, a bit to much to spend when I’m not sure the stuff would work.

One day while surfing eBay, I searched for ‘Balsa Foam’ and found an Arts Place that had 10# 9x12x1 for under $20 — so I ordered two thinking I’ll piece & epoxy up a 10x10x2 out of two 9x12x1 sheets. Here’s what the raw stuff looks like:

Packaged Balsa Foam 10# 9x12x1
Packaged Balsa Foam 10# 9x12x1

And a closeup showing fine cell structure, but a few bubbles:

Balsa Foam Closeup
Balsa Foam Closeup

The color of the foam is a bit darker than Stratasys Foam, and the 10# material has a finer cell structure. This seems very close and I’m anzious to give it a try.

—-John

3 thoughts on “Balsa Foam as support base for 1650 / 2000”

    1. No I didn’t do it yet — I still need to cut/epoxy these into a 10″x10″x2″ for the tray.

      Also, HaveBlue steered me to General Plastics FR-7104 foam — I got a sample and it looks real close to the Stratasys foam bases — I’ve just got to get some ordered.

      —-John

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