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    Making pick and pull foam cases better?
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    Does anyone know of a way to make the pick and pull foam in many different cases stay together? I finally went out to Harbor Freight and bought some cases for my lenses. Plucked out spaces for everything I currently own, and just know that the more I pull them out and put them back, the more the remaining pieces of foam are going to pull away.

    Is there a way to make the remaining pieces less likely to pull away? Trying to think of a glue I could use, but no luck. I know the real answer is to have some foam cut to shape, but is there anything that can be done to the pick and pull type?


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    No but this method is better anyway:

    https://bryanearl.com/blog/how-to-tu...ot-wire-cutter
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    This has been discussed here serval times. There's a type of spray you can use once you've "picked & plucked" that will hold the foam together. You can also pull out the foam sheets and wrap them in gaffer tape. It won't stick to the foam but it will stick to itself, so think of the foam as filler. You can also get a sheet of rubber or neoprene matting, cut it to the same pattern as the foam and rubber cement it to the top of the foam to provide some structure.
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    Its fairly advanced but.

    Can you design (I suggest Fusion 360) your cases and get them CNC cut. Or check out various services that design and cut.


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    If the item fitting the pluck foam is no deeper than one layer, I find glueing a piece of fabric underneath the foam holds it together nicely...I used 3m foam feargering spray (contact cement in a can) and a canvas type non stretch gray fabric...works great


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    Quote Originally Posted by morgan_moore View Post
    Its fairly advanced but.

    Can you design (I suggest Fusion 360) your cases and get them CNC cut. Or check out various services that design and cut.
    Not so outlandish at all. In fact quite easy. Biggest drawback is that the software is Windows only.

    https://mycasebuilder.com/
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    Nice. I like the low tech ideas for pick n pluck (thats the little long square shaped pieces right?). What are the sprays to hold it together called? Do you have to worry about anything sprayed coming in contact with gear?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Bass View Post
    What are the sprays to hold it together called?
    https://plastidip.com/


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    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...3242449&rt=rud

    I like this spray....it comes out almost like a cobweb....using a bit of tape will easily mask where you don't want the spray to go...I would do a professional looking job, even if the solution is low tech...but the glue becomes inert and odorless once cured....no off gassing afterwards


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    I think I'm going to try the plastidip, I'm sure I have one can at home. Had never heard of doing this until now. Need to decide how much will remain unsprayed for future purchase, I have some empty areas that might get extra stuff or add some lenses down the road.


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