- 3D printing magnets at home isn’t yet possible, but there are some exciting industrial developments happening
- It’s actually quite hard for the 3D print head to reproduce the complex granular structure of a powerful magnet
- Because magnets are made from critical rare earth metals such as neodymium, these metals are scarce and in high demand from the alternative energy and electric car industries
- With its ability to produce efficient-shaped and sized magnets, 3D printing is able to reduce the overuse of this metal without the need for expensive tooling. This allows for quick development of new designs.
Magnetic 3D-Printing: Conservation & Power
3D printed magnets are the latest thing that I have been obsessing over.
I am completely in love with the idea of being able to design my own magnets, choose their color, shape or size and then 3D print them at home.
3D printed magnets are great for DIY projects and can be used in a variety of ways around the house. For example, they can be used to hang up items on the fridge or organize your cables.
But there’s also many industrial and commercial applications that are incredibly exciting.
Teams working out of the Jean Lamour Institute in the Material Science department of the University of Lorraine are developing a way to make magnets from an FDM 3D printer.
The researchers are using the properties in the metal and the 3D printing parts to make prints using ferromagnetic material.
This will allow them to increase the development of magnetic objects and will make it possible to make more complex objects using a magnetic field.
There has been a lot of research put into 3D printing and what it can do. This research has been in the areas of polymers, metals, and composite materials.
They are looking at ways to make it easier to manufacture goods and with less time and manpower. The aluminum oxide that was made by Australian researchers is resistant to corrosion and can withstand extreme temperatures.
It will also be able to form liquid crystal filaments. They are looking to make this part of the 3D printing model. This will allow the machines to work easier.
The French researchers at the University of Lorraine are looking at 3D printers and magnetism. They are looking to add magnetic elements to the printer without needing to go through a post magnetization phase or process.
Research in 3D printers and magnets
Samuel Kenzari is a CNRS research engineer and along with Thomas Hauet, they are leading the team to look at the benefits of using 3D printers with magnetic filaments.
The machine looks like a desktop and this solution is being made so that it can work with magnets. There has been little information that has been released to the public but the printer is said to hit the market to the general public sometime in the fall of 2021.
The material is being developed and the ferromagnetic material is being made into a material that can be used by a 3D printer. The magnetic filament is the material that is being studied.
This technology is being developed for home use in addition to commercial use.
The objective of this research is to get the printer to use the filament by the end of the year. They are going for the end of the year goal to make these printers available to the public and available for purchase to the open market.
They are also researching 4D printing. This printer will help make objects in 4 dimensions which is an addition to what we have become used to.
The parts made by a 4D device will be able to perform a transformation under certain conditions. These conditions include a change in temperature, vibrations, and other related factors.
The filament in the design will be able to allow a user to control aspects such as the magnetic field and they will be able to make modifications to the shape and related features of the project as needed.