Magnesium is utilized in optical and hand-held tool design. Eyeglass wearers often desire an aesthetically pleasing frame that is not felt during day-to-day wear but is sturdy enough to handle being removed and replaced throughout the day. Rifle scopes and binoculars must be stable in order to be effective and a light weight is also beneficial in their marketability. Magnesium allows for these design criteria to be met.
Hand-held work tools and devices such chain saws, hand shears, hand drills, pneumatic nail guns, and weed whackers are all the perfect candidates for magnesium applications. The low density, comparative strength and vibration damping capabilities are all desirable characteristics in creation of handheld tools such as these.
Magnesium has also found its way into small household appliances such as vacuums. By utilizing this material for a vacuum head, it will be light enough to easily move around as well as be dent resistant in normal use when coming in contact with furniture and other obstacles.
As the inherent benefits of magnesium application are further realized, the ways in which it can and will be used are numerous. The demand for sustainable, light weight and recyclable materials is ever increasing with the push towards environmentally conscience products which is quite beneficial for the magnesium industry.
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