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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St. Paul, MN 55144 US

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Materials
  • Fillers
    • Microspheres