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Default Nichrome Wire Temperature for Cutting Sofa Cushion Foam?

Hi,

I recently bought 18 gauge Nichrome wire for the purpose of cutting a
Sofa cushion foam in half (split the cushion foam, in effect make the
cushion half as thick). Length of wire I will heat is 3 feet (cushion is
almost 2 feet wide)

I have what I need to adjust the current from 1 to 12 amps. Also,
I have a chart for amps relating to temperature. Example: Apx. 6.5 amps for
600 degrees F. for 18 gauge Nichrome wire.

The only information I was unable to find was the recommended
temperature for cutting foam with this type of wire.

Thank You in advance, John




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On 1/26/18 3:58 PM, Mike Coon wrote:
Not a very helpful contribution, sadly, but that chart relates to wire
in free air (presumably). As soon as you put it in contact with the foam
it will cool down and not cut. You really need something that is
thermostatically maintained and more like a knife with some thermal
inertia.


Or, you can do like every other hot wire cutter.
It's too hot in free air, but cools down to just right once it makes
contact with the foam.



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Default Nichrome Wire Temperature for Cutting Sofa Cushion Foam?

Maybe a better solution? I have used an electric carving knife for
cutting non ridged foam.
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On 01/26/2018 05:56 PM, MOP CAP wrote:
Maybe a better solution? I have used an electric carving knife for
cutting non ridged foam.


My upholstering friend uses an electric knife to carve foam. When she
was tailoring, the insides of her garments looked like outsides!

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On Friday, 26 January 2018 21:58:51 UTC, Mike Coon wrote:

Not a very helpful contribution, sadly, but that chart relates to wire
in free air (presumably). As soon as you put it in contact with the foam
it will cool down and not cut. You really need something that is
thermostatically maintained and more like a knife with some thermal
inertia.


no he doesn't


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On Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:18:51 -0800, The Real Bev wrote:
On 01/26/2018 05:56 PM, MOP CAP wrote:
Maybe a better solution? I have used an electric carving knife for
cutting non ridged foam.


My upholstering friend uses an electric knife to carve foam. When she
was tailoring, the insides of her garments looked like outsides!


+1 I've done it a few times and IJFW.

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On 27/01/2018 18:12, Sjouke Burry wrote:
On 27-1-2018 19:03, N_Cook wrote:
On 26/01/2018 18:34, wrote:
Hi,

I recently bought 18 gauge Nichrome wire for the purpose of
cutting a
Sofa cushion foam in half (split the cushion foam, in effect make the
cushion half as thick). Length of wire I will heat is 3 feet
(cushion is
almost 2 feet wide)

I have what I need to adjust the current from 1 to 12 amps.
Also,
I have a chart for amps relating to temperature. Example: Apx. 6.5
amps for
600 degrees F. for 18 gauge Nichrome wire.

The only information I was unable to find was the recommended
temperature for cutting foam with this type of wire.

Thank You in advance, John






If you want to keep the wire taught , for a good straight cut, you have
to compensate the expansion of the wire.
I used a large hacksaw frame, adding an insulating ceramic bead at the
fixed and and using the screw adjuster for blade tension, to tension the
resistance wire. I think I just unwound a high power wire-wound resitor,
value and supply requirement unremembered, but I probably used a variac
supplying a step down high current transformer

We used a small wheel on one end of the wire, and had a weight
attached to the wire. Produced a nice constant tension.
A variac transformer to supply controllable heat.
The setup was also used to bend plastic sheet.


You reminded me, I had to add a spring in line with the wire, as the
wire would break when it cooled down.
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On 1/27/2018 8:19 AM, Allodoxaphobia wrote:
On Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:18:51 -0800, The Real Bev wrote:
On 01/26/2018 05:56 PM, MOP CAP wrote:
Maybe a better solution? I have used an electric carving knife for
cutting non ridged foam.


My upholstering friend uses an electric knife to carve foam. When she
was tailoring, the insides of her garments looked like outsides!


+1 I've done it a few times and IJFW.

Jonesy

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On 1/26/2018 4:58 PM, Mike Coon wrote:
Not a very helpful contribution, sadly, but that chart relates to wire
in free air (presumably). As soon as you put it in contact with the foam
it will cool down and not cut. You really need something that is
thermostatically maintained ...


Exactly. You can use the wire itself as the sensor - its resistance
varies with its temperature. So you just need a little circuit to
maintain a constant wire resistance. Adjustable, of course to get the
temperature that you need. I'm not enough of a circuit designer to tell
you how to do it, but I'm sure that someone over at S.E.D. would enjoy
the challenge.

Bob



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Once upon a time on usenet amdx wrote:
On 1/27/2018 8:19 AM, Allodoxaphobia wrote:
On Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:18:51 -0800, The Real Bev wrote:
On 01/26/2018 05:56 PM, MOP CAP wrote:
Maybe a better solution? I have used an electric carving knife for
cutting non ridged foam.

My upholstering friend uses an electric knife to carve foam. When
she was tailoring, the insides of her garments looked like outsides!


+1 I've done it a few times and IJFW.

Jonesy

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