High-performance magnets, like the ones that are typically used in electric motors, have traditionally been very expensive. These magnets have also required manufacturers to endure a lengthy manufacturing process. Nevertheless, the National Research Council of Canada may have recently come up with a solution to these problems. The organization has created a cold spray additive that can be used to manufacture permanent magnets of any shape and size quickly and easily without going through the hassle of having to make the magnets in the usual way.
NRC researchers Fabrice Bernier and Jean-Michel Lamarre developed the technology behind the cold spray additive that could potentially make industrial magnets more versatile in the near future. Their cold spray additive manufacturing process allows them to take a material that is in a very fine powder form and accelerate it while applying it to most any surface at a great speed where it builds up. This has helped Bernier and Lamarre to create cold sprayed magnets a lot quicker than ever before, and as an added bonus, the magnets come with very desirable technical and thermal properties, according to engineering.com.
There are lots of other benefits that come along with using the cold spray additive to create industrial magnets, too. The magnets can be machined more easily. They are more resistant to corrosion and oxidation, which will help them to last a lot longer than ordinary magnets. They also can be temperature controlled when they are put to use. All indications are that they are better magnets than the ones being produced using traditional methods, and they could find a home in many different industries before long.
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