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.

Abrasives

3M began as an abrasives manufacturer. For more than a century, we have refined our original technologies and complemented them with breakthrough inventions developed by other 3M businesses. Today, our abrasives rely on traditional strengths such as adhesives and coating, as well as the most modern technologies, from microreplication to ceramics and nonwoven materials. The result is a comprehensive range of abrasives that shape, finish, and polish with ease and precision.

Technology Facts

  • First Application Sandpaper and grinding wheels (1902)
  • Now Innovating Shaped abrasive grains, Greener Clean (natural materials)
  • What We’ve Done Part of the automobile industry for 90 years

Technology Facts

  • Markets Industrial, Consumer, Transportation, Metal Working
  • Core Products Sand Blaster™, Scotch Brite™, Trizact™, Cubitron II™
  • 3M Business Unit Industrial, Consumer