If you think magnets are already like magic, wait until you get your hands on the newest technology from Polymagnets! This new science has opened minds and doors to applied sciences.
Polymagnets created the “maxel”, a magnetic pixel, if you will. It is in the same vein of ideas as 3D printing, but with a twist. Using maxels, you can impose a specific magnetic field onto a “blank” sheet of metal. You can create different magnetic fields on a single surface, whereas with a typical magnet, there is a single magnetic field associated with the entire magnet.
This technology can create incredibly strong magnets, showcasing that the strength of a magnet is independent of it’s size. It can also create unique patterns of magnetic fields.
A standard magnet has a north and south pole, with a single pattern of magnetic field lines. However, maxels allow for a strange ability of two of their magnets. At a certain distance away, they will be attracted to each other, but once they reach a critical closer distance, will repel. They call this a “spring”. But, they took it one step further. They made a lock, which is their spring design plus when you rotate the magnets to a certain point, the magnetic fields line up and snap into place. To undo the lock, you simply rotate the magnets back.
The idea that science and technology is constantly pushing forward is one that we love to instill in our students, parents of students, and teachers. There is no limit to new science, and not everything has been thought of. Let Polymagnets inspire you to create and push humanity forward in the never ending journey of seeking new knowledge.
Written by: Mimi Garai