What Are Disc Magnets Used For?
When you think of a magnet today, you are probably picturing a disc magnet. A thin and compact magnet that’s round in shape with wide flat surfaces. Disc magnets are among the most versatile types of magnets because of their high magnetic strength, small size and economic cost. You’ll find them in all sorts of home organization and craft projects as well as industrial, technical, commercial and business applications.
What is a Disc Magnet?
As the name suggests, disc magnets are a type of magnet that is shaped like a disc. They have a round, thin shape with a smooth, flat top and bottom and a diameter that’s greater than their thickness. Disc magnets are incredibly versatile, and it may surprise you just how common they are in your everyday life.
Properties of a Disc Magnet
Disc magnets are popular because of their small compact size, strength, durability and economic cost.
- Strong and durable
- Come in a variety of sizes
- Can be made from a variety of materials
- Can be made with an adhesive backing
- Can be stacked to increase magnetism
Types of Disc Magnets
Since disc magnets are defined by their shape, they can be made from type of permanent magnet.
- Neodymium – A rare earth magnet made from neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) and considered to be the world’s strongest magnet.
- Samarian Cobalt – A very strong, rare earth magnet that is difficult to demagnetize, but slightly less powerful than neodymium.
- Alnico – Made of aluminum, nickel, and cobalt, they can be demagnetized relatively easily and are not as strong as rare earth magnets.
- Ceramic – Also known as Ferrite, these are one of the cheapest and most commonly used magnets, made of strontium carbonate and iron oxide they are strong and not easily demagnetized.
Uses for Disc Magnets
Disc magnets are increasingly strong and durable and are available in a variety of sizes, making them ideal for all kinds of household, commercial and industrial applications.
- Fridge Magnets – Small, round disc magnets can be used to hold photos and lists to your fridge. You can even attach small plastic figurines or wine corks to one side to make cute little DIY magnets.
- Extracting Batteries – Rather than pinching a finger or breaking a nail, you can use a disc magnet to pull a stuck battery out of a toy or device.
- Stud Locator – Batteries can be used to locate metal studs in your walls.
- Hold Tools – Organize your tools or kitchen knives and get them up and out of the way by hanging them from magnets attached to the wall.
- Hold Things in Place – Shower curtains and car covers can easily be held in place with a few disc magnets.
- Kids’ Science Experiments – There are lots of simple magnetic demonstrations you can do with disc magnets to educate and amaze children.
- Business Displays & Signage – Magnets are commonly used in business P.O.P. signage and other displays that are changed frequently.
- Magnetic Doors – Large disc magnets are used in commercial buildings to make automatic door open and close.
Where to Buy Disc Magnets
US Magnetix has a large selection of disc magnets that are great for home, business and industrial use. Visit our online magnet shop or contact us if you have any questions. With our years of experience and expertise in magnets, we can help you determine the right type and size disc magnet for your project. Give us a call at 800-330-1432 or send us a message online.