Cutting Foam Circles For Prototypes

Written by Kristin Papia

Director of Sales at Griffin Manufacturing

Recently, a customer called us and asked me about foam cutting tools and specifically cutting foam circles for prototype packaging samples in product boxes. He needed to cut 6 - 8 inch foam circles out of 1 inch thick foam. He wanted a circle cutter, but the one he was using couldn't do the job.

During our discussion, I suggested that he use the #108 Yardstick Compass. It has a point at one end and lead at the other. The #108 yardstick compass is commonly used for drawing and tracing circles. (Scrapbook creators and Amish-style quilt makers use this tool a lot.)

I explained to our customer that he can remove the lead on the #108 and replace it with a 7E knife blade. He can draw the circle, replace the lead with a blade, and cut the circle. Or rather than tracing the circle and cutting it out as a second step, he can complete it in one step with the 7E blade. This customer wanted to make sure he could vary the size of the circles, which is not a problem. This yardstick compass can make circles up to 71 inches across. He was happy with the suggestion and tried the #108 Yardstick with the 7E blade. We are happy to help you find a solution for your cutting need.