3M Performance Materials Div.

Hollow glass microspheres capable of withstanding injection molding and extrusion pressures of 30,000 psi/206.84 MPa. Dubbed iM30K, the microspheres are billed as an alternative to conventional additives/fillers, such as glass fiber, calcium carbonate and talc.

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As Seen In CompositesWorld

SAMPE 2013 Long Beach new product showcase
The SAMPE 2013 trade show (May 6-9, in Long Beach, Calif.) was the venue for introductions of a large number of new composite materials, technologies and manufacturing processes. Here's the HPC editorial staff's compilation of what was on display.

Commercial trucking: Streamlining the Big Box
Glass fiber-reinforced thermoplastics help commercial trucking industry optimize weight, fuel and cost savings.

New tackifier integrates with resin
3M introduces a new tackifier system called Adjustable Composite Positioning System 11095.

Laminating bulker
3M has introduced Laminating Bulker for fiberglass construction applications.

Rapid layup: New 3-D preform technology
Hook-and-loop fasteners speed layup of carbon, aramid, glass and hybrid fabrics while improving composites’ mechanical performance.

Small wind gets big
Massive growth, complex blade designs reopen challenging market in wind energy niche.

Oak Ridge establishes carbon fiber composites consortium
The 14 companies in the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium will work to accelerate the development, demonstration and commercial application of new low-cost carbon fiber and composites.

Leading-edge erosion: Materials solutions
Depending on operating conditions, erosion of rotor blade leading edges can affect wind turbine energy generation efficiency as soon as two years after installation.

Composites One, 3M sign renewable energy agreement
The alliance allows Composites One to offer the wind energy market tapes, adhesives and fillers manufactured by 3M.

Composite electrical cable installed in Brazil eliminates tower cost
3M Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (ACCR) electric-power transmission cable bridges a 968m/3,177-ft span without intermediate tower support.

Lighter SMC for automotive body panel applications
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) reports that it has achieved a substantial reduction in the density of sheet molding compound (SMC) parts, using hollow glass microspheres.

Ken Salazar at Windpower 2009

Windpower 2009 highlights
 The show confirmed wind energy’s status as a recession-proof market for composites, but blade manufacturers were put on notice about the need to automate.

Product Categories of 3M Performance Materials Div.

  • Fillers
    • Microspheres