Our skiver allows us to cut our densest foam products, like closed-cell foams, foam rubbers, and plastic foams to sheets as thin as 1/16 of an inch. The skiver gets its title from the verb “skive” which means to cut or shave into layers or slices. It operates exclusively on a horizontal plane, cutting sheets up to 5 inches thick. Because of the density of the materials cut on the skiver, the blade is a substantial one at 3.3 inches wide, .04 inches thick, and constantly self-sharpening. Considering the materials it cuts, the skiver needs to be, and is, incredibly powerful.
The machine is manually fed and can handle a product up to 76 inches wide, with no limit to the length of the sheet. For extra long sheets, the skiver can be fed from rollers. The skiver needs to be programmed to cut to a certain thickness, but not to the degree of a CNC machine or the waterjet cutter, as the saw blade's height remains stationary once programmed to its setting. Since the skiver can only cut horizontally, products may be finished on vertical saws, waterjet cutters or die cutters. Products produced on the skiver include high-density packaging, flotation devices like life jackets, and sports matting and padding.
Examples of products fabricated by this machine:
NOTE: Rough edges and markings will be cleaned for any and all finished products.