UNSW Making

Hot Wire Cutter

A hot wire cutter is a tool used to cut polystyrene foam. The device consists of a thin, taut metal wire, often made of nichrome alloy, which is heated via electrical resistance to approximately 200°C. As the wire is passed through the material to Design Futures cut, the heat from the wire vaporises the material upon contact.

Required Badge

Makerspace Safety Induction Badge
Makerspace Safety Induction Badge image

Entry level induction to Makerspace Network


Suitable Materials

  • Foam
  • XPS Foam


  • Cutting

Machine Locations

Makerspace Facility Make Model Work area Number of machines
Design Futures Lab Light Activity Space Ironcore H44 840x610x300mm (LxWxH) 6