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Foameez - Foam building and packing block Answered

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My MIT undergraduate advisor and all-around-mechanical-design-ninja, Alex Slocum, created these foam building blocks/packing material, he calls Foameez. He sent Instructables a box full of them hoping we'd be able to come up with some cool uses. So far we've made Marge Simpson hair and a Fantastic Four Thing-like costume.

What would you build with these? If your idea is compelling enough, I'll send you some...

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Flumpkins (author)2008-08-22

where can you get foamees?

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-07-24

I would build an Instructables Robot costume if I had enough. Or like a life sized one, but not that big. :O

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-07-10

So...who gets the foameez??

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Karatekidder (author)2008-07-07

I was looking for an exercise mat for my 7 year old to practice his rolls and falls for Tae-Kwan-Do when I stumbled on this site. I’d make him a suit so he would have a portable mat anywhere he wanted to practice his moves. I’d make one for me if I ever decided to take up drinking again.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-06-20

Hehe! I was playing with those @ the hobby shop during CPW. They're fun, but somewhat limiting as to what you can build. Entertained me for a while, but I just couldn't play with them for any longer than 20 minutes - I was standing in the hobby shop, surrounded by so.....much.....awesome......machinery..........!

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I know, you guys have like, the ultimate shop. I'm sooooo jealous!

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-19

I would make a model of a caffiene molecule, and a theobromine molecule.

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And you would not even try a Marge Simpson wig ?????

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No. I do not like the simpsons.

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Patrik (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-22

Not like the Simpsons? That's it - can someone please ban Adrian Monk from the site? We don't want her kind around here! (Just kidding ;-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Patrik2008-06-22

Where's the tolerance?

I'm going to quote Spongebob here:

Where's...where's the love?"

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Keith-Kid (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-28

Don't drag Spongebob into this mess!!

This problem must be dealt with!!!!!

You must be dealt with!

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Patrik (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-22

The love is in parentheses at the bottom. :-P

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-20

I would also make a DNA helix

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Labot2001 (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-20

*cough*doublehelix*cough*

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Lithium Rain (author)Labot20012008-06-20

Eric knows what I mean...

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Kiteman (author)2008-06-19

The boys want to make all-over suits for throwing themselves down hills.

Personally, I'd make a costume for Hallowe'en and call myself Captain Packing Peanut.



Do they come in other colours? That would add variety to the possibilities.

Are they all identical in shape?

What is that orange furry head-thing in the background of some of the photos?

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bradpowers (author)Kiteman2008-06-20

It's a speaker. A monster speaker. Hence the fur.

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Kiteman (author)bradpowers2008-06-20

Oh... What a disappointingly sensible answer. I was kind of hoping it was an accidental sneak-preview of a massive Hallowe'en project.

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Patrik (author)Kiteman2008-06-19

"What is that orange furry head-thing in the background of some of the photos?"

I believe that's Randy. <ducks>

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Labot2001 (author)Kiteman2008-06-19

Personally, I'd make a costume for Hallowe'en and call myself Captain Packing Peanut.

LOL!

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chooseausername (author)2008-06-20

Hey ! How old are you, kids ??? lol

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They are like the simpsons, they never age.....

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Brennn10 (author)2008-06-20

I would use them as a practice pad for when my brother and I play lacrosse in our back yard. It is a pain putting all of the pads on to maybe check a little bit. Some light padding like this would be awesome.

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Patrik (author)2008-06-19

Hmm... since these things don't tile perfectly into a flat sheet, they must have a lot of uniformly shaped foam scraps as well, right? At the very least, one six-pointed star, and four rounded square blocks of foam, for each one of these pieces. I'm sure we could think of some interesting things to do with the scraps as well!

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forgesmith (author)2008-06-19

Emergency splints / immobilizers. Sometimes victims (think car wrecks) need to be kept in just this position. These are customizable. They could also be used for custom padding during extraction, depending on their cut resistance, and more generally for when a person is trapped in an awkward position. If they were stiff enough, you could push them into a narrow gap between a person and a surface, perhaps enough to lift them up and provide support.

Extra stiffness could be done with a different formulation foam, I'm thinking about wrestling mat foam I've seen before, or use a layered construction with metal inside, nothing stamped about the same shape (impractical for a few reasons) but rather a simple heavy wire circle with three radial arms (the male connectors) between the two sheets of foam. The wire core would also increase shapeability.

Depending on the foam, you could vacuum pack a great deal of these into a small flat package that emergency crews would like. They also like things to go fast, so they should be pre-assembled in a sheet form. Rip open pack (*pooomph*, that'll never get old), do test fit, pull some out, stick in some tabs, go. Better than something like an inflatable cast as it's versatile, you can leave out a chunk for skin access like for an IV or a wound, even wrap them around an IV, or small tree branch. Niche market, but you should be able to show they're better/cheaper so they'll sell.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-06-19

Hmmm, things I'd do with magic foam building blocks... Make identical suits of padding designed to fit under clothes and then go to the XXL size shop for the over clothes, then get a mate and have a colossal fat guy street fight... make a bed from them, or at least a mattress these could actually form the basis of amazingly packable furniture lines, something a bit comfier than that plastic fold out chair the nips you a lot... Make large structures from them and invite members of the public to build them up, adding wings and other parts to them, to get a big foamy building made by everyone... Cover a car in them and have some confusing fun Dress up as obviously fake police and make foamy bats etc. possibly riot plosic versions for breaking up the colossal fat guy fight...

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Labot2001 (author)2008-06-19

That looks so fun!

Are they float-able? I'd step into Tim-territory and make a boat. :D

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Keith-Kid (author)2008-06-19
Ah!!! Finally, something I can deal with *stretches fingers*

  • A godzilla suit seems pretty easy to make with this....
  • A car!!!!
  • Iron monger?
  • Foameez Fort! Foameez Fort!!

Darn it! I really can't come up with anything cool!

  • Following the idea of a godzilla suit.......a dragon.....or King Gidorah (godzilla monster)
  • The Iron Giant!!!!
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark?
  • Get some stilts, then cover yourself with these, you got a giant monster!!!! (say, the werewolf stilts?)
  • A centaur costume? With a second person to serve as the back legs, of perhaps connect the back legs with the front legs somehow?
  • An octupus! or.....better yet.....POC's the Kraken!!!!!!!

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-06-19

If I had some, I'd make a castle for my dog to sleep in. Or a castle for ME to sleep in! NO! I'd make a blue instructables robot... 3 feet tall!

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xACIDITYx (author)xACIDITYx2008-06-19

Yeah. If only I had some, I could make a 3 feet tall Instructables robot.

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xACIDITYx (author)xACIDITYx2008-06-19

*Ehem* Giant instructables robot. I'll make it 5 feet tall!

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Big Bwana (author)2008-06-19

I like the fantastic four head ball thing, now if you had enough you could make a kid size hamster ball, and with few more a big kid size hamster ball for the lake ...

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Big Bwana (author)Big Bwana2008-06-19

Or even a small floating multi fishing rod holding raft...

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Big Bwana (author)Big Bwana2008-06-19

And you could even grow food on it...

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Big Bwana (author)Big Bwana2008-06-19

And with Patrik's throne chair, and skate6566 castle, it would be a self supporting, floating instructable island ... So how many do you have ?

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Patrik (author)2008-06-19

I assume these are a closed cell foam? If so, a reconfigurable comfy chair would be an obvious application... Does he have any other pieces, with a 4- or 5-fold symmetry?

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NachoMahma (author)Patrik2008-06-19

. I had the same thought. GMTA. If they are non-porous, might even make a good light-duty table. . With larger pieces, temporary furniture would be convenient to set up. And they look like they would make great toys when not being used as furniture.

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Patrik (author)2008-06-19

These would make for all kinds of great pool floats - if I only had a pool, that is! :-D

Love the "Christy Bouvier" pics!

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Big Bwana (author)Patrik2008-06-19

Stuff a little ball of rockwool in them and your could grow hydroponic lettuce in them on your pool, Or a few LED's and you'd have some neat looking pool floaties, but you'd need a pool, or at very least a bathtub .....

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Patrik (author)Patrik2008-06-19

Hm... I don't have a pool, but I do have a 7th-floor balcony. How many of these things did you have, you say? :-D

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