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.

Nanotechnology

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Nanocluster

3M scientists and researchers are exploring a new world at the nanometer level, where materials exhibit unique physical, chemical, and biological properties. These unusual properties are already being exploited in our hard coatings, dental restoratives, and brightness-enhancing optical films (used in LCD displays). Many 3M technology platforms, including adhesives and pharmaceuticals, are being influenced by the emergence of nano-sized particles.

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Enhancing your smile

Using nanotechnology, 3M is making big things happen in small spaces. Case in point: Just because you have fillings in your teeth (called restoratives by dentists) doesn’t mean you can’t have a great-looking smile. The initial gloss of most restoratives can be impressive, but you want it to keep looking good over time. Thanks to nanometer-sized particles, 3M ESPE’s Filtek™ Supreme Ultra restorative retains its brilliant polish for years.

Combined with:

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Nano-power

3M builds its nanocomposite restoratives using a patented process that creates unique clusters of nanometer-sized particles. The nanoclusters wear at a similar rate to your tooth enamel, resulting in a smoother surface.

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Polish you can see

This side-by-side photo compares the polish retention of a leading restorative to that of Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative after 6,000 cycles of simulated toothbrushing.

Technology Facts

  • First Application Filtek™ Dental Restorative (2002)
  • Now Innovating Nano-particles for filtration (carbon monoxide), carbon nanotubes for composites, fuel cell catalyst plates
  • What We’ve Done Nano-ceramics in fillings, crowns, and orthodontic brackets

Technology Facts

  • Markets Dental, Electronics, Energy, Architecture
  • Core Products 3M™ Optical Films, Prestige™, Filtek™
  • 3M Business Unit Health Care, Safety & Graphics, Industrial