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What Does Magnetic Receptive Mean?

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When shopping for magnetic products, you are likely to encounter the term “magnetic receptive”, and you might wonder exactly what that means. Obviously, it refers to a material’s potential to interact with other magnetic materials, but what makes one material more magnetic receptive than another? Are all magnetic receptive materials created equal?

To truly understand its meaning, let’s break it down into the two words that comprise this term.

Magnetic + Receptive

“Magnetic” is the operating word here, and at its core it simply means that the material has an intrinsic propensity for being attracted to (or acquiring the characteristics of) a magnet. Remember, magnets are any material (typically iron, ore or an alloy) that produce a magnetic field. Of course, these magnetic fields are not visible, but they are responsible for the magnetic forces that attract or repel other magnetic materials. By now, most of us have at least a basic understanding of how magnets and magnetic fields work. If not, that’s okay – just head over to our magnet information center for cool facts about magnets as well as a glossary of terms related to magnetism.

Next, we have the word “receptive”, which can be defined as “willing, able or inclined to receive something”. This word can apply to all facets of life. In fact, if you’ve made it this far in this article than you were likely pretty “receptive” to learning about magnets when you got here. When referring to magnetism, the word receptive signifies how dramatically the material is willing or likely to interact with a magnetic field once one is presented. The more receptive a material is to magnetism, the more “magnetically receptive” it is.

Now that we have a better understanding of magnetic receptive materials, what use are they to us in our everyday lives?

Magnetic receptive materials cover a wide variety of elements and supplies, and these materials have an almost infinite number of applications. For example, Discount Magnet offers magnetic receptive materials that hold magnets on one side and have a strong adhesive on the other, allowing the material to be stuck on walls and other surfaces. This is used to make your own DIY flexible magnetic receptive dry erase whiteboard. Certain magnetic receptive materials can attract a variety of low and high profile magnets including, but not limited to, magnetic sheets and magnetic strips. Magnetic receptive media can easily be paired with printable magnet to create temporary signs, banners, and other promotional items and pieces.

A few examples of magnetic receptive materials include whiteboards, promotional banners, signs, posters, and more. These items allow for virtually any surface desired to become magnetic, by simply using the adhesive backing of the material to adhere to your wall or other hard surface.

What other applications do our magnetic receptive materials have?

Retail Displays – Magnetic materials can be great for creating attractive retail displays in brick and mortar stores, kiosks and more. When you want to change any promotions or sale items, quickly swap out magnets with whatever deals or products you’d like to promote.

Menu Boards – Stuck on the wall of a restaurant or pub, create an attractive display of your menu and design custom magnets to promote daily sales or other deals.

Message Boards – Magnetic words can be moved around a magnetic message board to leave informative and fun message to peers, coworkers, family or friends.

Exhibit Booths – Create stunning and eye catching presentation materials with magnetic promotional materials.

Toys, Crafts and Games – Adhering a magnetic receptive material in your child’s bedroom can results in hours of fun and education as your child learns about the wonders of magnetism.

What uses have you found for your magnetic receptive materials? We’d love to hear about it – use any of the social media icons below to let us know what innovative use for magnetic receptive materials you’ve discovered!