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.

Nonwoven Materials

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Filtrete™ Filter

After a half-century of exploring uses for nonwoven materials, 3M is still finding new ways to refine and apply them. In medical tapes, they add comfort to patients. In abrasives, they improve durability and ease of use. As insulators, they make your car quieter and your jacket warmer. Thanks to 3M's expertise in advanced materials and sophisticated manufacturing technologies, new opportunities for nonwovens are being developed in health care, consumer products, and heavy industry.

Filtrete

Filtering the air you breathe

It might seem obvious that interconnected, nonwoven fibers would make a good sponge, but what about an air filter for your home? 3M’s Filtrete™ Air Filters do just that. Installed in furnaces, air conditioning, and air purification systems, they can capture allergens including mold spores, pollen, pet dander, dust, smoke, smog particles, and particles that carry bacteria and viruses.

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Trapping airborne particles

As air passes through the nonwoven material in Filtrete™ Air Filters, airborne particles―down to 0.3 microns in size in some cases―are captured by the filter’s pleated fabric.

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Filtering your water too

Nonwoven technology is also used in Filtrete™ Water Products to provide better-tasting water. The Filtrete™ Water Station even filters directly into reusable bottles, providing easy access to water on the go.

Technology Facts

  • First Application Decorative ribbon, Sasheen™ (1948)
  • Now Innovating Greener Clean (natural materials)
  • What We’ve Done Leader in personal protective equipment, Brought Thinsulate to the Arctic and Antarctic

Technology Facts

  • Markets Personal protection, HVAC, Industrial, Consumer, Health Care
  • Core Products Scotch Brite™, Filtrete™, Thinsulate™
  • 3M Business Unit Health Care, Safety & Graphics, Industrial, Consumer