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Magnets thread

Discussion in 'Puzzle Building, Modding, & Designing' started by Rcuber123, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. THERAGINGCYCLOPS

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    Gonna stock up on magnets

    What should I stock up on?
     
  2. Will Do

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    4x2mm N35 is probably the most used magnet.
     
  3. THERAGINGCYCLOPS

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    Definitely planning on stocking up on some N35 4×2
     
  4. One Wheel

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    Depends on what cubes you're magnetizing. I'm personally a fan of 4x1, 5x1, and 6x1 magnets in various strengths. I've done a few big cubes with 4x1 n52 in the corners and really like them. The 2mm thick magnets are probably more forgiving of getting slightly wrong magnet strength since the centers of the magnets are further apart. I like taking measurements of a puzzle before I magnetize it, calculating what magnets are right, and ordering specifically for that puzzle.
     
  5. THERAGINGCYCLOPS

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    What should I use for a mini thunderclap 4×4?
     
  6. teh yoshi

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    @THERAGINGCYCLOPS I'm magnetizing that as I type this, actually. I'll let you know when it's done.

    UPDATE: I experimented with N38 4x1.5 outer, N38 4x1 inner. Jayzus, these magnets are strong! I might have to speed up the cube by a lot in order to compensate.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
  7. teh yoshi

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    Does anybody know what magnets the YuXin HuangLong M uses? Also, if the packaging is any different from the non-magnetic version?
     
  8. teh yoshi

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    Sorry for triple posting, but nobody has posted in a while. Anyway, I finally magnetized a WuHua V2, my first 6x6, and while reassembling that thing never have I longed for death until now.

    Also, I updated my magnetic spreadsheet to accurately document all the different plastic thickness in bigger cubes as well as magnet strengths and placement. Hopefully anyone can read it! If you've got a cube and a caliper, please help me out with these measurements.

    Next up, since that WuHua V2 was only a practice cube, I'll be magnetizing my YuXin Red. Death, here I come!
     
  9. chron0s

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    Just magnetized the yuxin little magic 2x2! I've had angstrom lubes in this and broken it in for a while. I used 4x1 N35 from ebay (the canadian seller). This cube has recessed areas for 4mm magnets so they mostly just drop right in. 4x1 N35 is weak in other 2x2s I've tried but it's on the stronger side in this one. I wouldn't go stronger. I'm not sure what I can find thats weaker and 4mm wide, 4mm x .3/4mm? Anyway it helps the performance but its a little rough and clunky in such a light cube. I'd prefer something that keeps the feel closer to unmagnetized. Reminds me of the labs weipo in terms of how the magnets behave. Maybe I can center some smaller diameter, weaker magnets in these holes but getting them aligned will be a bit of a pain. More soon, couldn't resist doing some cube work. If anyone knows anything in 4mm that's weaker than a 4x1 N35 I'd love to give it a try.
     
  10. teh yoshi

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  11. chron0s

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    You might be right. It's a fast, light cube so some magnets would be nice but maybe I just can't get the feel I'm looking for that way. It responds well to angstrom lubes but needs something to stabilize it. I'll do more solving with it and see if I adjust to the feeling. I wonder if they'll come out with a commercial magnetic version.

    Ah and I'll get thicknesses into the spreadsheet - I'm going to magnetize a weipo, kung fu 2x2 and some others and will need to pick magnets carefully for these cubes - the sides are thicker than the xinghen, chuwen etc.
     
  12. chron0s

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    Ok did another LM 2x2- this time 3x1 N35. I used regular crazy glue to make it easy to shift the magnets around and get them as centered as possible before it starts to set. This is a LOT closer to what I prefer at least, there's a light tactile bump but it doesn't get in the way of turning. I personally want a little more strength so I ordered 3x1 N38 and 3x1 N42 to try next.

    To be clear though I think a lot of people would like 4x1 N35 so not saying others shouldn't use that strength. It gives the cube a feel like a labs xinghen or weipo strength wise.

    When I was magnetizing the LM I used one of the pieces that had 4x1 magnets in it as a kind of 'jig' - I added a bunch of extra 4x1 magnets to that piece to make them stronger, and I was able to lay down a drop of (runny) crazy glue and drop the magnet on, shift it around a bit and get it more or less in the middle. Being off isn't the end of the world in this cube - the most you can be off is .5 mm and the magnet naturally goes into the middle anyway.
     

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