Technologies

Choose a technology below to see how our ideas live on, in connection with others, to help solve problems around the world.

Technologies

Choose a technology below to see how our ideas live on, in connection with others, to help solve problems around the world.

Imaging

3M understands visual communication. We made the first thermo-fax machine for transmitting images. We redefined advertising with the first digitally printed, wall-sized graphics. We invented multi-layer optical films that create crisp, vibrant images for electronic displays and counterfeit-resistant security marks. We’ve refined our inks and pigments to ensure true, bright colours that last, even under the harshest conditions. Building on decades of experience in print and digital technologies, 3M continues to introduce sophisticated films, inks and software for print, electronic displays and signage.

Technology Facts

  • First Application Thermo-Fax Copier (1951)
  • Now Innovating Surface-textured graphic films, digital 3D oral scans
  • What We’ve Done Graphics in London for the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics; can also produce graphics to cover a semi-trailer in 20 minutes

Technology Facts

  • Markets Electronics, Security, Graphics, Dental
  • Core Products ScotchPrint®, Confirm™, Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner
  • 3M Business Unit Health Care, Safety & Graphics