Ok, I am building a "crash case" for lack of better a better term. I have a rather large ammo can that is in good shape and has a good seal. I want to pack in a radio, power supply, small battery, tuner, and all the rest of the junk that I take with me when I go out on a "daily". It will all fit and I think having it all packed up would encourage me to go on more of these such things. I should point out that I am not trying to make a case from which the radio and such will operate, just a transport case. When I arrive I will still have to take the equipment out of the case (ammo can) and set it up just as I am doing now with my card board box. I am merely looking for a safer and wether protected way of transporting the gear.
I am an experienced welder and intend on welding in some partitions in the lower portion of the ammo can. I also plan on welding up a tray for the top portion of the can. Something similar to the tray that is in the top of a tool box. This will be much deeper of course. I have laid everything out and have all of my plans. There is only one thing remaining. Foam!
Ok, in the compartments that the equipment will go into I need to put some foam. I would like to custom cut some foam to fit the pieces of equipment in question. So what kind of foam, and where to get it?
I have found some sources of foam but for the most part it is open-cell (not preferred) type of foam used to re apulster a chair. I am looking for something that is much firmer. there is not much space for each piece of equipment and a wimpy foam will not do. I would like also to use some kind of closed-cell foam as opposed to open-cell foam for obvious reasons. I have seen cases in the past for transporting electronics with nice firm foam sockets for everything. This is what I am going after.
So is there any one out there that is in the foam business and could suggest some types of foam? I have found many on line but not enough information for me to understand what I am looking at. In case you have not looked at this kind of thing before there are plenty of materials out there that foam is made of.
Polyimide, Polyethylene, Neoprene, Melamine, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, Epichlorohydrin, Polystyrene, Polyurethane, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), Vinyl/Nitrile.
And in each type of materiel there are typically several different types of implementations to make foam. When you go looking you find that foam is often listed in several different categories.
Acrylic Foam, Anechoic Foam, Antistatic Foam, Aquazone Foam, Confor Foam, Convoluted Foam, Cross-Linked Foam, Double-Sided Tape Foam, Egg Crate Foam, EVA Foam, Evalite EVA Foam, Evalite Foam, Exobloc Foam, Fire-Retardant Foam, Foam-In-Place, Food-Grade Foam, High Temperature Foam, Isothane Foam, Low-Perm Foam, Minicell Foam, Noise Control Foam, Packaging Foam, Polyethylene Foam, Polyimide Foam, Polyurethane Foam, Polyvinyl Chloride Foam, Poron Foam, PVC Foam, Pyrell Foam, Reticulated Foam, Silicone Foam, Sound Absorbing Foam, Specialty Foam, Static Control Foam, Unifoam Foam, Urethane Foam, Volara Foam.
And not all of these sources actually say what kind of foam it is that they are selling. just (for instance) "packaging foam" well that tells me a lot.
Dwayne T Walker