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Display Films

It All Starts Here

Our breakthrough technologies start with paper-thin films that enhance color, and shape and reflect light, in ways that were once impossible.

Used in various combinations, our optical films harness the power of light to make LCD displays brighter and more colorful, while increasing energy efficiency and enhancing the overall eco-profile of LCD displays.

Our barrier films offer unbeatable protection for tablets, phones, and other mobile and moisture-sensitive LCD displays.

And our newest innovation, 3M Color, offers groundbreaking 3M™ QDEF technology for unmatched color.

Optical Films

3M Color: Stunningly Vibrant Color from 3M™ QDEF technology
Quantum Dot Enhancement Film graphic
3M Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) is arguably the most amazing color advancement in LCD history. It expands the range of colors that can be expressed by liquid crystal displays and results in color performance approximately equal to that offered by organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays. Around here, we refer to this game-changing piece of quantum dot technology as 3M Color.

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ESR: Best Reflector in the World
ESR: Best Reflector in the World
The Enhanced Specular Reflector (ESR) film, or mirror film, is the most reflective surface on the planet. And we invented it! This astonishing innovation provides mirror-like reflectivity over the full visible spectrum and across all angles, creating a brighter, more stunning picture that is easier to see from almost any angle.

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DBEF: Extreme Light Management
DBEF: Extreme Light Management
The world's first reflecting polarizer, 3M's Dual Brightness Enhancement Films (DBEFs) recycle light that would otherwise be absorbed and lost. By increasing the overall amount of light exiting the display, this gem of optical genius maintains color and picture uniformity and makes the display brighter - without impacting the viewing angle.

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BEF: Focusing Light On the Viewer
BEF: Focusing Light On the Viewer
With a name that speaks for itself, our Brightness Enhancement Films (BEFs) capture light and make it brighter. How to they do it? They send usable light towards the viewer and reflect most of the remaining light back into the display, where it is recycled. A single BEF film can enhance display brightness up to 60%, and two can increase it by 120%.

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Barrier Films

Flexible Transparent Barrier Film: Extra Device Protection
Flexible Transparent Barrier Film: Extra Device Protection
One of the most amazing 3M inventions to show up on the display scene, our barrier film is thinner and lighter than the glass barriers traditionally used to protect displays from water vapor transmission and oxygen transmission. Plus, it's completely flexible, it fills bright, colorful displays even more gorgeous color – and you can't crack it!

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A Glimpse at the Future

3M advancements in light management increase the performance of LCD displays by making them brighter, more colorful, and more efficient – especially when used together.

But the innovating doesn't stop here. Our scientists are constantly combining big ideas with possibility and expertise to bring more firsts to light.

See what's on the horizon

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3M Color: QDEF 3M: A Smarter Way to Light