Even when the vehicle assembly process is just beginning, the science is already deep and broad. 3M delivers solutions that add efficiency in body-in-white (BIW) assembly and manufacturing – which gives designers more freedom to create with confidence.
Non-woven abrasives are designed to fit right into the latest manufacturing methods and techniques. Features like dressable edges, open-web fiber construction and premium abrasive minerals make them reliable, consistent and adaptable.
3M™ Dyneon™ Fluoroelastomers (FKM & FFKM) allow you to choose materials with the optimal balance of thermal resistance, chemical resistance and sealing strength. These 3M fluoroelastomer compounds have been used to produce elastomeric material for reliable, stable sealing in some of the toughest environments on earth and can help you manufacture quality, cost-effective sealing components. They deliver low permeation and are highly processible for a full range of extrusion and molding processes.
Our 3M™ Friction Shims help answer the demand for maximum power density – enhancing friction to transmit higher loads while enabling lightweight designs. This technology is ideal for BIW designs that meet specifications for weight, torque, power density and efficiency of assembly. 3M™ Friction Shims reliably transmit up to 4X higher torque than conventional systems, without requiring modifications to joint design.
Our cross-industry expertise allows 3M to provide advanced material technology to automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers. 3M™ Glass Bubbles are microscopic, hollow glass microspheres that feature an extremely high strength-to-density ratio. This material is supplied as a polymer additive that can replace heavier materials without sacrificing the integrity of the component. In fact, it can reduce density in plastics, composites and coatings by up to 50%. 3M™ Glass Bubbles can be used in injection molded parts and sheet molded composites (SMCs), ideal for lightweight door panels hoods and trunk lids. They are also commonly used in seam sealing and underbody coatings.
Please contact a 3M expert to discuss your specific application.
3M delivers structural adhesive liquids that allow for reinforcement and, in many applications, replacement of mechanical fasteners. They can be applied quickly and efficiently and provide flexible working times. Many are formulated for longer storage and lower cure temperatures (at room temperature or induction cured as low as 80°C), ideal for bonding materials such as carbon fiber without distortion or resin degradation. Our adhesives can help minimize panel distortion, especially on aluminum hems for hoods, trunks and doors, and eliminate the need for additional pre-cure ovens.
Many of our two-part epoxy structural adhesives are available in Duo-Pak cartridge and bulk containers and can be applied with 3M application equipment that allows for precise, consistent mix ratios and minimal product waste.
The power of 3M structural adhesives in a tape format makes for precision and efficiency. These double-sided structural adhesive tapes can bond to dozens of substrates. They allow for efficient processing and assembly, especially for bonding long, thin areas where the use of spot welds or mechanical fasteners has traditionally required extra time and labor.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.
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