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The majority of the safety recommendations relate to the fact that this is a hot wire cutter. Use caution near the wire. It is hot and can burn you. Keep fingers and hands out of the way. (I was once stupidly holding the wire section of my hot wire cutter while chatting to another student, and the cutter got plugged in. I had an very straight burn across ...


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Yes there are certainly foams you should exercise caution around when cutting. And an easy way to check what cautions you need to take when working with different foams is to look up the foam's specific MSDS report. MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. "A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential ...


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polystyrene foam and similar materials "Similar materials" are basically other thermo-plastics (melt when heated). Whenever plastic is melted a certain amount of vapor is emitted, but generally not enough to be especially harmful - apparently safer than breathing the air adjacent to a freeway. All thermo-plastics that normally make it to consumers are fine ...


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