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3M™ Glass Bubbles for Rubber and Plastic

3M™ Glass Bubbles for Rubber and Plastic

High strength additives for reduced part weight, improved dimensional stability and better processing

Read 3M™ Glass Bubbles Application Profiles

Learn more about 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Rubber & Plastic

3M™ Glass Bubbles Strength/Density/Size Map

3M glass bubbles most commonly used in resin system applications (in table format)

There are hundreds of current and potential applications of glass bubbles that provide end user benefits that can include light-weighting, improved process throughput, improved dimensional stability and pigment extenders.

Current or potential applications include:

Automotive: A wide variety of injection-molded parts, such as gas tank floats, interior trim, console boxes, headlamp reflectors, rocker molding, sheet-molded composite panels and lightweight body sealants
Construction Materials: Lightweight spackling compound; architectural base coves; lightweight putty, caulks and sealants; epoxy mastics and artificial marble; lightweight hand-held tools; profile extruded window and door profiles
Consumer Applications: Returnable packaging, lightweight boots, fly fishing line, sporting goods and composite wood
Electronics: Lightweight casing for printers
Marine: Sealants, lavatories
Mining: Explosives
Model Creation: Molding clays
Paints and Coatings: Interior and exterior paint, heat reflective paint, anti-condensation paints, industrial coatings, polyurethane coating for concrete towers

Quick access to 3M™ Glass Bubbles Literature

General Information
Handling Information
Technical Information
3M™ Glass Bubbles with Functional Coatings – Experimental Product Application Information "New coatings provide improved physical properties for composites made by injection molding and extrusion processes" (PDF, 555 Kb)

3M™ Glass Bubbles Portfolio Table

 
 

Particle Size
(microns, by volume)

 

Distribution

3M
Product
 

Target Crush Strength
(90% survival, psi)
 

True
Density

(g/cc)

10th%
 
 

50th%
 
 

90th%
 
 

Effective
Top Size

(>=95%)

K37

3,000

0.37

20

45

80

85

S38

4,000

0.38

15

40

75

85

5,500

0.38

15

40

75

85

7,500

0.42

11

22

37

42

S60

10,000

0.60

15

30

55

65

16,500

0.46

12

20

30

40

18,000

0.60

11

30

50

60

28,000

0.60

9

16

25

29

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