Neodymium Magnetizing Options

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Creating an anisotropic magnet alloy
Alignment of particles during the powder pressing phase with an external field to create an anisotropic magnet alloy
Neodymium Disc Magnetization


Most useful commercial magnets are anisotropic, which means that they have an “Easy” or preferred direction of magnetization and that an orientation field was applied during the compaction stage of the manufacturing process.
It is essentially impossible to magnetize the resulting anisotropic magnet alloy other than in the Direction of Orientation; however, various pole configurations can be achieved without conflicting with the magnet material’s orientation.
Below are conventional and standard industry options for the magnetization directions of Rare Earth / Neodymium Magnets.

Disc Geometry

Polarity Nomenclature: Typically the arrowhead indicates the North pole of the magnet. For symmetric geometries, indicating the location of a particular pole is unnecessary, but for non-symmetric geometries, identifying a particular pole location is very important.
Example: An axially Magnetized disc magnet does not require communication as to the NORTH pole’s position, but a radial arc does. One must indicate if the NORTH pole is to reside on the Inner radius or Outer Radius.

Block Magnet

Neodymium Block Magnetization
“Block Magnets” or Rectangular / Square magnets have three potential orientation directions.
The block magnet can be polarized in any direction.

Ring Geometry

Neodymium Ring Magnetization

Radial Magnetization:

True Radially Magnetized Ring
True Radially Magnetized Ring

Radially oriented and magnetized rings are available in Neodymium Iron Boron, but there are many limitations in alloy grade, Outside Diameter/Inside Diameter ratio, axial, length, etc. Specialized tooling must be created and there is an upfront capital investment which acts as a cost inhibitor for most applications.

Radial Ring Magnetization Approximation:

Radially Approximated Ring Comprised of Approximated Radial Arc Segments
Radially Approximated Ring Comprised of Approximated Radial Arc Segments

Neodymium Iron Boron magnets can be approximated by arc segments; however, in most cases the magnets must be assembled magnetized and there must be a large performance benefit to the application to absorb this cost.
As with “True” radial rings, true radial Arc Segments are difficult to manufacture, but can be approximated themselves.

Arc Segment Geometry

Axially Magnetized Arc Segment

Radially IN / Radially Out:

True Radial Arc Segment
True Radial Arc Segment

An arc segment can be polarized NORTH or SOUTH on the Outside Radius. (The resulting opposite pole will reside on the Inside Radius.)

It is very difficult to achieve a true “radial” orientation during the pressing/alignment stage of manufacturing and therefore, truly radial Neodymium Iron Boron magnet, Samarium Cobalt magnet, and Ceramic magnet arcs are rare and specialized. (An approximation of a true radial Orientated Radial Arc is widely utilized in industry.)

Approximated Radial Arc
Approximated Radial Arc

The approximated radial arc utilizes linear orientation/magnetization along a straight axis. The radial component diminishes on the leading and trailing edges of the approximated radial arc.

Circumferential:

True Circumferential Arc
True Circumferential Arc

Circumferential Orientation and Magnetization is not available for Arc magnets comprised of Neodymium Iron Boron and Samarium Cobalt; however, this magnetization geometry can be approximated.

Approximated Circumferential Arc
Approximated Circumferential Arc


The approximated radial arc utilizes linear orientation/magnetization along a straight axis. The radial component diminishes on the leading and trailing edges of the approximated radial arc.

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