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.

Molding

At 3M, precise optical lenses and complex shapes are formed using advanced molding technologies. We also use molding to create microreplicated patterns in structured abrasives and brightness enhancement and security films. Driven by the extremely high tolerances required by these products, 3M has developed an unmatched expertise in the multiple sub-technologies―such as mold tooling design, process measurement, and thermal cycling―needed to process thermoplastic and thermosetting materials.

Technology Facts

  • First Application Scotchlok™ connectors (1956)
  • Now Innovating Recycled content tape dispensers, thermoforming multilayer materials
  • Markets Serves all 3M markets

Technology Facts

  • Core Products Injection molding, thermoforming, casting, continuous processing
  • 3M Business Unit Industrial, Consumer, Health Care, Electronics & Energy, Safety & Graphics