3M Advanced Materials Division

3M Glass Bubbles, hollow glass microspheres provide weight reduction and resin extension in aerospace, automotive, construction, explosive, marine, coating, abrasive, film industries, oil & gas and sporting-goods applications.

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Ceramic matrix composites: Hot engine solution
Disruptive designs for composites operation in 1093°C zones.

JEC World 2017: Show report, part 1
JEC World 2017 was, by almost any measure, the biggest and busiest JEC event yet, and exhibitors came with much to show the world of composites about innovation in materials, equipment and technology.

Composites for builders: Establishing structural foundations
Doors open to composites in residential and light commercial construction, above and below ground.

SMC: Old dog, new tricks
A sheet molding compound renaissance highlights new reinforcements, new fillers, new matrices, new opportunities.

Tooling (2017)
Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.

Low-density SMC: Better living through chemistry
Proprietary sizing, special glass roving and microspheres strip 9 kilos of weight from Corvette body panels.

Structural work of art
Composites fabricator uses an innovative molding approach and digital techniques to actualize architect’s customized residential stairway.

Tooling (2015)
Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.

CAMX offers unprecedented new product access
CAMX 2014, Oct. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla., promises to be North America's largest ever composites trade show and conference. As a result, exhibitors are coming to the event with a wide array of new and existing materials, machinery, software and technology designed to help make composites fabrication faster, easier and more adaptable. CompositesWorld has been gathering information from CAMX exhibitors about what they will be featuring and introducing in their booths. This week's CAMX newsletter offers a preview of some of what you will find on the show floor.

CAMX 2014 preview: 3M
3M (St. Paul, Minn., USA) is featuring at its CAMX booth, among other things, a case history involving an edge-filling application on a sandwich structure.

3M composite-reinforced power line passes 11-year field test
3M's Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (ACCR), installed in Hawaii 11 years ago, has shown no appreciable loss of tensile strength or weight.

BMI and benzoxazine battle for future OOA aerocomposites
Offering weight, cost and process advantages, these “hot zone” resins are moving down the thermometer and into out-of-autoclave structural applications and autoclavable tooling now dominated by epoxies.

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Tooling
The molds used for forming composites, also known as tools, can be made from virtually any material. But tooling costs and complexity increase as the part performance requirements, surface quality requirements and/or the number of parts to be produced increase.

The markets: Utility infrastructure (2014)
A growing application for composites in this arena is the water-treatment infrastructure of seawater desalination plants, as the world faces the problem of dwindling supplies of fresh, drinkable water.

Amber Composites celebrates 25 years, rebrands tooling prepreg line
TenCate Advanced Composites, which acquired Amber this year, is rebranding the tooling prepreg as AmberTool.

Ceramic-matrix composites heat up
Lightweight, hard and stable at high temperatures, CMCs are emerging from two decades of study and development into commercial applications.

Wind blades: Progress and challenges
Despite double-digit wind energy industry growth, turbine blade manufacturers and materials suppliers acknowledge a pressing need to reduce costs and innovate.

TenCate signs Northern Composites to rep new line of tooling prepregs
Northern Composites will serve as an eastern U.S. representative for TenCate regarding 3M's tooling prepregs and materials.

3M certifies new CNG tank for trucks
The new tank uses 3M's Matrix Resin with nanosilica technology for lighter weight.

Composite-cored conductors: Holding the line
After a decade of incremental inroads, two different composite-cored electric power transmission products are connecting with those who specify for the grid.

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Microspheres