Magnets are very useful and can be seen everywhere in our lives. And some of the magnets such as Neodymium Magnets, are strong magnets and despite their relatively small size, they still have an incredible and surprising magnetic pull. For anyone who has ever gotten their magnets stuck together, it can be a source of frustration because these magnets are very difficult to separate. So how to separate magnets safely? In this article, we’ll try to answer that question.
How to Separate Small Magnets?
Small magnets with a diameter of less than 10mm3 can usually be separated by hand by sliding one from the other using a sideways movement. Remember, it is five times easier to slide a magnet than remove it vertically.
How to Separate Medium-Sized Magnets?
It may be difficult to slide medium-sized magnets (from 1cm3 to 30cm3) using your hands alone. Plus if you don’t get a good purchase on the magnet, they may snap back together and there is a risk of trapping your fingers. For medium-sized magnets, a good strategy is to place the two (or more) magnets overhanging the edge of a desk or table, and then slide one vertically downwards. After the magnets are separated, move the free magnet until a safe distance from other magnets to prevent them from snapping back together.
How to Separate Large Magnets?
For those large magnets larger than 30cm3, it can be very difficult to separate them by hand. The most effective way to separate them is to use a separating device called a magnet splitter or separator jig. Although these devices come in various forms, the consistent component in all designs is a non-magnetic handle used to push one magnet from the other.
Remember that some types of permanent magnets, especially neodymium magnets, are very hard and brittle. Therefore, don’t be fooled by their shiny appearance. They may look as tough as steel, but if two magnets slam together, they will crack and break.
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