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  • jfehr67 commented on jfehr67's instructable A Maze in Magnets1 year ago
    A Maze in Magnets

    The problem is the metal plate underneath is what holds the maze down. The arrangement of the magnets by themselves is very unstable, if you try to lift it without a support underneath, its likely to collapse in on itself, and you just have a big pile of magnets that you'll want to throw across the room.It did get me thinking though. If you used 3/16" magnets, and you had small (smaller then 1/16") holes in the metal plate along the walls, you could in theory push the wall magnets up. The problem is this drives the price up about 50%, (using all those 3/16" magnets) and I think at that point it would be too expensive for most people. I'm also not sure how stable that arrangement would be. (IE would the walls slide back down with a tap of the maze?)I like how you're thinki...

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    The problem is the metal plate underneath is what holds the maze down. The arrangement of the magnets by themselves is very unstable, if you try to lift it without a support underneath, its likely to collapse in on itself, and you just have a big pile of magnets that you'll want to throw across the room.It did get me thinking though. If you used 3/16" magnets, and you had small (smaller then 1/16") holes in the metal plate along the walls, you could in theory push the wall magnets up. The problem is this drives the price up about 50%, (using all those 3/16" magnets) and I think at that point it would be too expensive for most people. I'm also not sure how stable that arrangement would be. (IE would the walls slide back down with a tap of the maze?)I like how you're thinking though. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Thanks!

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