Tube Magnets

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Tube magnets, like the name implies, are magnets shaped like tubes, suitable for industrial or artistic purposes. Among the very best tube magnets are rare earth magnets, which are a breed of very strong magnets. Rare earth magnets were developed in the 1970s and 1980s. The most popular types of rare earth magnets are Neodymium Iron Boron magnets, also known as NIBs, and Samarium Cobalt magnets.

NdFeB Tube Magnets Versus SmCo Magnets

NdFeB tube magnets (NIBs) are generally favored over SmCo magnets. NIBs are lighter than Samarium Cobalts. They are less expensive. Most rare earth magnets on the market today as hobby supplies are NdFeBs, for these reasons.

People use these magnets for a number of different hobbies. Many people like to sculpt with them, for instance. With a supply of magnets in different, unique shapes, you can sculpt anything from animals, to geometric shapes, to mobiles. Science teachers often use these magnetic sculptures as teaching tools.

The industrial applications for these magnets are even more numerous. Rare earth magnets are used in everything from motors to microwaves, hard drives to hand held tape recorders. You can even find them in the anti-lock braking system in your car.

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