Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Design Inspiration: Polymagnets!

What's a Polymagnet?  Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR) is a company that has developed techniques to imprint everyday magnetic materials with a layer of patterns that can produce uncommon magnetic behaviors.

Essentially, Polymagnets are "Smart magnets."

Now designers can create a more nuanced physical experiences in their products or creations through magnetic feel and function. Polymagnets can provide the sensation of a spring or latch or a twisting open/close behavior unlike traditional magnets with only fixed north/south poles.

Words don't really do Polymagnets justice (and, quite honestly, I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the museum/exhibit/design possibilities!) so watch the demonstration video  below to get a better sense of what Polymagnets can do.  (If you want, you can skip ahead to the 2:00 mark to get directly to the Polymagnet part of the video.)

For more information about Polymagnets, check out the CMR website or peruse the Polymagnet catalog to discover Polymagnet materials that can spring, latch, shear, align, snap, torque, hold, twist, soften or release!

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