Magnetizing Plastic. Is it possible??
While doing a beach clean up the number one thing we find are small plastic pieces, about the size of a thumb. So I had a though of “Is it possible to magnetize plastic”.
Now before you call me crazy, keep an open mind here. The idea would be that some sort of device could pick up all the tiny pieces we happen to miss or mistake as seashells. I’m not sure if it possible but I figured if it could be a possibility, so how can we make it happen.
Imagine building a mould and set up to create these bins…. from their own rubbish!!! damn that would be amazing!!
I think the plastic became magnetized when it was thrown out and got in our face,now it attracts people like us. It would be cool bo mix metal flakes,powder that are attracted to magnets,like magnetite found in sand and dirt while running a magnet through it ,with shredded plastic,melt it and mold it.
Here’s another idea!
so I worked in model making companies for a while and when we had to flock a model, sometimes we needed to quickly pick all the bits up without loosing them or taking forever picking them up one by one.
so we would cover the end of a hoover with women tights (stockings) and that would create a filter mesh that sucked up the items without all the bits flying into the vacuums!
If you used a fine mesh over a battery hoover nozzle, you could try hoovering up the beach… the sand wouldn’t clog it up because you would have a fine enough mesh to try and stop as much sand as possible.
one issue is it overheats the vacuums after a while. But worth trying! If you do a test let me know, it would be great to see!
i would think the closest to actual magnetism would be to create a static electric field using high voltage low amperage generator. here are a couple of links
The sea-bin is something we where interested in for a specific canal we keep going back to clean but the only thing stopping us is that it cost 3,300 euros (about 4,096 in america) and that’s just for one. If my pricing is wrong please let me know.
The vacuum idea is pretty interesting idea that we are working on but for now we are going to try with a cat scupper. As a test rung it worked pretty well but it needs to have small holes. We were thinking something that could be dragged around an area then after a bit shake of the sand and see the remains on trash. Still processing the fine lining since we don’t want to break easily.
Also the static electricity seems really cool but not sure how well that would react when your surrounded by tons of sand, or we accidentally touch each other.
Got same plans in the works. once something does seem to work will post pictures.
There are magnetic polymers but they are very specialised and expensive. I would also presume that their components and recipes are guarded secrets. Look at this articular I found from a quick search.
I am sure if you did a more thorough search you will find more information.
I’m repeating brentzdentz here a bit, but magnetite is magnetic, and I know it’s used as pigment in paints that are meant to create magnetic caeting.
I think it can be used as a filler for plastic since it produced in rathery available powder. But it’ll make plastic a lot heawyer and as such less buoyant…
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.