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Solutions for Lightweighting

Reducing the environmental impact of your products may be as simple as making them lighter. 3M solutions for lightweighting contribute to sustainability efforts by delivering reliable performance at significantly lower weights. This can reduce required energy to process and improve fuel economy throughout the life of the end product.

3M™ High Strength Glass Bubbles

3M™ High Strength Glass Bubbles are low-density, hollow glass microspheres that can significantly reduce the weight of your thermoplastics, composites and elastomers. That means less energy used in processing and increased sustainability for products long-term.

  • Reduces part weight by 15% or more
  • Improves cycle time productivity 15 to 25%
  • Adds dimensional stability to reduce rejects and waste
  • Enhances surface appearance, enabling class A paintable surfaces

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Solutions for Polymer Processing

3M's time-tested polymer processing technologies are a serious upgrade for both your manufacturing productivity and final product quality. From reducing waste to reducing weight, each 3M solution is engineered to help you create more sustainable, high-performance products with more cost-effective manufacturing.

3M™ Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives (PPA)

Highly-effective 3M™ Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives can increase your output, reduce waste and improve processes like blow molding, blown film and fiber and pipe extrusion—even at very low use levels.

  • Eliminates melt fracture
  • Reduces die build-up and gels
  • Speeds up color transitions
  • Lowers extrusion pressure

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3M™ High Strength Glass Bubbles

3M™ High Strength Glass Bubbles are low-density, hollow glass microspheres with an extreme 28,000 psi crush strength. They're used to reduce weight and increase volume-loading capacity in a wide range of thermoplastics, composites and elastomers.

  • Reduces part weight by 15% or more
  • Improves cycle time productivity 15 to 25%
  • Adds dimensional stability to reduce rejects and waste
  • Enhances surface appearance, enabling class A paintable surfaces

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Solutions for Paints & Coatings

Take the performance of your paint and coating products to a higher level with value-added properties like stain resistance, density reduction, abrasion resistance, improved wetting and flow characteristics and more. These 3M solutions are engineered for products with a variety of indoor and outdoor applications and on a wide range of surfaces.

3M™ Ceramic Microspheres

These tiny spheres of solid ceramic material enhance paint formulations to reduce resin demand, increase solids and improve processability in challenging industrial coating applications.

  • Increases burnish/abrasion resistance and gloss control
  • Inert composition provides resistance to a variety of chemicals
  • White color simplifies pigmentation

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3M™ Fluorosurfactants

3M™ Fluorosurfactants deliver unsurpassed performance advantages for both aqueous and solvent-based products. They are available in anionic and non-ionic formulations and are effective even at very low usage levels.

  • Reduces surface tension better than hydrocarbon or silicone
  • Improves wetting and flow characteristics even on plastics and oily metals
  • Helps prevent surface defects like cratering, picture framing, fish-eye forming and de-wetting

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3M™ Glass Bubbles

Featuring an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, 3M™ Glass Bubbles are an ideal solution for reducing density and displacing expensive resins in a variety of specialty coatings, spackling compounds, adhesives and caulks.

  • Reduces formulation weight and viscosity
  • Improves abrasion and scrub resistance
  • Reduces thermal expansion and shrinkage

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3M™ Stain Resistant Additives & Sealer Concentrates

3M™ Stain Resistant Additives and Sealer Concentrates are high performance aqueous and solvent-based formulations used in penetrating sealers, coatings and construction materials.

  • Protects against water and oil stains on concrete, stone and other porous surfaces
  • Can be formulated with UV-stable products for outdoor use

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Solutions for Thermal Management

Higher-energy products virtually always experience more heat-related issues. That's why 3M engineers high quality thermal management solutions that enhance the insulation and conductivity of a wide variety of polymer products used around the world.

3M™ Boron Nitride Cooling Fillers

The excellent electrical insulation and high thermal conductivity of 3M™ Boron Nitride Cooling Fillers make them an ideal solution for dissipating heat in electronic devices, LED light bulb bodies, lithium ion battery covers, motor housings in hybrid vehicles and much more.

  • Provides excellent pourability and high bulk density with no dust build-up during processing
  • Increases reliability and economics of conventional extrusion systems, even at filling levels of over 50%
  • May eliminate the need for heat sinks, fans or heat-dissipating aluminum foils

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