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Polymagnets: Showing Us the Possibility of 3D Printing Magnetic Fields

by • March 23, 2016 • No Comments

  • When we appear at the world through the lens of 3D printing, it’s effortless to imagine a next full of weight customization and IoT inside a wide range of industries. But one area we haven’t quite discovered 3D printing deeply involved with, until now, is electromagnetism. According to the 3DP Business Directory, one California-based 3D printing device developer, named Correlated Magnetics, has proven that 3D printing innovation can play a primary role in the creation of magnetic fields with their latest developments in what they call Polymagnets, that can be idea of as ‘programmable magnets’.


    In order to bring electromagnetism into the same conversation as 3D printing innovation, the team behind Polymagnets have been working towards developing a system to arrange “maxes” (units of magnetic field). In the same manner that pixels are virtual units and voxels are physical units, the company has discovered that, by accurately arranging these ‘maxes’, they may complete high precision control of magnetic fields. Polymagnet engineered their own machines that function similarly to your average 3D printing device, but instead of via a print bed, these ‘maxes’ are arranged directly onto a magnet.

    The "3D Printer" for magnetic field production

    The “3D Printer” for magnetic field production

    Now, you can ponder that the future applications of 3D printing electromagnetic fields are unfathomable, but you can be surprised with the practicality that Polymagnet has showcased with their new developments. The team has exclusively focused on applying their innovation to easy uses, such as creating door locks and handles, aiming additional for immediate effects additional so than applications for the unforeseen next. The Polymagnets don’t only attract and repel of one another, they can act as springs or latches, and in addition reduces future interference.

    “You can’t engineer the way a magnets behave, you can manufacture them more compact, you can manufacture them bigger, or you can use a various material, but their behavior is fixed,” said Stephen Straus, the VP of Marketing at Correlated Magnetics. “Polymagnets are essentially various, you can now customize the feel and function of magnets, you can tune a Polymagnet to get the mechanical response you want, to get the physical behavior you want, and to get the feel you want. With additional control over the feel of the magnet, you can get the emotional response you want in the end-product.”

    The ‘maxels’ themselves are aligned onto a 2D surface, much like that way electronics are already 3D printed, but create complicated and exact 3D behavior, that is why Polymagnet can be considered an innovator in the 3D printing innovation industry. On the other hand, thus far, the applications of their 3D printed magnetic fields have been restricted to creating basic locking mechanisms with magnetic components, there’s no way to understand where else this one-of-a-kind electromagnetic-based system can be applied to in the next.


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