Six Creative Ways to Use Foamex Polystyrene


Discovered in 1839 by the German apothecary Eduard Simon, polystyrene is used in different ways. At The Foamex Group, which has been supplying polystyrene solutions to Australian industries for over 35 years, the main focus has been on the building and construction sectors as well as the packaging industry.

But did you know that Foamex Styroboard EPS and Styroboard XPS products are also used for a variety of creative purposes?

1. Theatrical props

Styrofoam theater and prop sets are lightweight and reusable, and will save time and money during set ups. Polystyrene sheets and blocks are easy to shape, water resistant and more durable than any fiberglass alternative, making them ideal for props. Easily sculpted into any shape or design required, polystyrene can resemble any other type of material – metal, wood, stone, etc. – using paint and other finishes.

2. Film and TV sets

Polystyrene is a versatile material that can be cut and shaped into any shape or size, making it the ideal raw material for creating sets and props for the visual arts industry. Once it’s been primed and coated, it can look exactly like the real thing, whether it’s the front of a house, a statue, a sword, or anything else. Many backdrop manufacturers in Australia use polystyrene to create backdrops for films and photo shoots.

Creating a realistic movie set can be expensive, but polystyrene offers an inexpensive alternative that can create a backdrop that looks like the real thing. Polystyrene is lightweight, so it can be easily moved and transported around the set, whether it’s a full-scale piece or a simple stage prop. Polystyrene is a versatile material, so it can be made into just about anything.

3. Displays for events and trade shows

Polystyrene sheets and blocks are ideal and versatile for low cost signage and lettering due to their durability, light weight and general ease of use. Polystyrene is widely used in the production of the highest quality signage, plaques, foam sculptures, dimensional sculpted signs and other custom foam products. Logos and messages can be recreated with computer precision, and letters and signs can be painted in corporate colors.

4. Product prototypes

For many years, polystyrene has been used as a go-to prototyping material. It is inexpensive, readily available, white in color, and glues, sands, cuts and paints well, making it ideal for product prototypes.

5. Retail display

From mannequins to display heads, showcase concepts and product showcases, polystyrene blocks can be hot wire cut into a range of imaginative designs for shop fittings and displays.

6. Arts and crafts

Polystyrene can be used for a variety of arts and crafts projects. The material can be easily cut into different shapes and sizes, and adorned with other supplies to achieve a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Talk to the polystyrene experts today

Want to know more about how Foamex’s range of polystyrene products can help you? Contact your local Foamex sales office today to discuss your polystyrene needs. We have offices in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

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