3M Engineered Products and Solutions

For significantly increasing strength and durability while reducing weight, the company offers 3M Matrix Resins and 3M Prepregs, a line of highly engineered epoxy resin systems and prepregs for carbon fiber composites. Also offers 3M Pressure Vessels, featuring 3M Resin.

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Bldg. 220-5E-06
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000 US

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Multi-material urethane adhesive
3M (St. Paul, MN, US) has introduced Scotch-Weld Multi-Material Composite Urethane Adhesives DP6310NS and DP6330NS for lightweight assemblies for trucks, buses, RVs, specialty vehicles and passenger rail, and other markets like sporting goods and panels.

Next-generation pressure vessels
The first commercial tank in the elusive Type V category and a larger but lighter Type IV CNG tank presage new growth of filament winding in the storage of compressed gasses.

COMPOSITES 2012 Preview
The ACMA’s annual composites industry exhibition focuses on future opportunities.

Tooling for composites: Evolutionary trajectory
New technologies and improved methods keep up as tools get bigger and more complex and toolmaking gets ever more challenging.

SAMPE 2011 Long Beach Product Showcase
Huge show, huge new product offerings … huge success.

JEC Composites Paris: 2011 Product Showcase
The news from this annual Parisian in-gathering of composites professionals is heavily weighted toward automotive lightweighting.

Antiballistics: Better defense, less expense
Armor applications grow on the strength of new markets, new composite materials.

SAMPE 2010 Seattle Showcase
SAMPE’s first-ever foray into Boeing Country wrapped up with the M&P organization’s biggest draw this decade.

Step 8 Superbus

Low-cost methods realize high-concept Superbus
Multifunctional mass-transport vehicle concept takes shape via resin-infused carbon/epoxy and vacuum-formed glass-reinforced thermoplastic sandwich construction.

DELOS modules

Composites the right choice for subsea ocean observatory
Pultruded structure provides durable platform for Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System (DELOS) project’s groundbreaking marine study.

Carbon fiber buys its way onboard
First used in one-off yacht and powerboat designs, where cost is no obstacle in the search for a performance edge in local regattas or around-the-world races, carbon fiber has since carved a niche in categories that were once the exclusive reserve of glass-reinforced composites, metals or wood. In applications as

JEC COMPOSITES 2007 Product Showcase - 7/1/2007
The annual Paris conclave showcases the global expansion of composites.

carbon composite bridge cable stay

Composites connect with the world of cabling
Composite cables prove they can handle high tension - on land, over water and under the sea.

SAMPE exhibitors in Long Beach

SAMPE 2005 Product Showcase
SAMPE's U.S. Symposium and Exhibition highlights technological innovation and market expansion.

Trolley used to position segments

Repair Of Infrastructure With Composites
Composites prove their mettle in large, demanding repairs and rehab.

Paintball gun barrels

SITE Manufacturing
SITE Manufacturing (Redding, Calif.) has taken knowledge acquired during more than 23 years of producing hi-tech carbon composite components, such as telescope housings (for Celestron, see story on p. 20), and applied it to the sport of paintball. "One year around Christmas, we decided we wanted to do something else,"

Rolls-Royce AE 3007 jet engine

Resin transfer molding and preforms for jet engine stators
New 3-D woven preforms and nanofillers will improve part quality and reduce manufacturing costs.

Composite strut schematic

Cocured materials damp vibration in composite structures
Viscoelastic layers convert strain energy into heat, suppressing the harmful effects.

The two-seat A-20 Varlet, from the Vista line of aircraft produced for Spectrum Aircraft Corp. by Aeroprapt in the Ukraine.

Light-sport Plane Category Creates Take-off Point For Composites
Composites manufacturers and suppliers — and pilots — benefit from new FAA aircraft designation.

Product Categories of 3M Engineered Products and Solutions

Materials
  • Matrix resins, thermoset
    • Bismaleimide (BMI)
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure
      • Epoxy, toughened
  • Prepregs, thermoset
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, 12-inch tape
      • Epoxy, Other tape
      • Epoxy, Fabric
    • Epoxy, 250 F cure
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, 12-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, Other tape
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, Fabric
    • Epoxy, 350 F cure
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, Other tape
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, Fabric
    • Epoxy, toughened
      • Epoxy, toughened, Other tape
      • Epoxy, toughened, Fabric
  • Adhesives
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, Film
      • Epoxy, Paste
Tools/tooling materials
  • Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
    • Tooling prepreg
Composite Structures & Components
  • Pressure vessels