By Nancy Mistove
I have spent the last 12 years making foam models of toys. I have included pictures of the foams and of the finished toy. The foam models are used as preliminary prototypes during the early stages of the development process. They are also used as volume studies for packaging. I work from drawings, sketches and input from the designers. My models help them visualize their ideas and I can make them quicker than if I had to sculpt them in a harder medium. It saves the company time and money before going to the next step of making a hard working model. Most of the time my models will accompany the engineer’s drawings sent to China to be used as a reference for tooling of the actual toy for manufacture. I make a good living working in foam and I enjoy doing it.