F**king polymagnets… how do they work?
Correlated Magnetics makes magnets with unique pole configurations that have a ton of applications – the printed designs create super strong connections and can be configured to work like a lock/key system. They use a 3D printing technique using maxels (magnetic pixels) to manipulate where magnetic fields occur – creating north and south poles on one surface rather than opposing surfaces.
Destin Sandlin, engineer and host of Smarter Every Day, stopped by their offices recently to chat.
(Interview starts at 2:00)
If you want to pick up a few of these to mess with – be sure that titan’s arm really stays in place – you can order in a bunch of different sizes/shapes/configurations here.
What applications can you think of for these?