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    Performance. Productivity. Freedom of design. It all starts here.

    A unique portfolio of advanced materials to help you invent solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

    Advanced Materials from 3M

    • When you’re designing products to outpace the competition, you need materials with properties that go beyond the ordinary.

      3M’s extensive portfolio of advanced materials are uniquely suited to survive and perform in many of today's most challenging applications and environments – from deep in the earth to the depths of space. Every day, we use these technologies to help customers in automotive, nuclear power, plastics processing, oil and gas, defense and many other industries find new ways to turn “what’s possible” into “what’s next.”


    • Advanced Ceramics

      Ceramic systems, materials and components from 3M are effective and trusted solutions for transportation, oil and gas, fuel cells, electronics and aerospace. These versatile materials are lightweight, intrinsically hard, and resist extreme environments where other materials fail.

    • Ceramic Microspheres

      Because of their unique shape, inherent hardness and fine particle size, 3M™ Ceramic Microspheres help enhance performance and durability in a wide range of paints and coatings. These high-strength fillers can help formulators reduce resin demand, improve burnish and scrub resistance, and much more.

    • Ceramic Sand Screens

      Enhance the productivity and efficiency of your oil and gas operations with 3M™ Ceramic Sand Screens. Resistant to corrosion, erosion, acids, brines and high temperatures, these durable systems help minimize sand production while maximizing flow capacity and screen life.

    • Defense Protection Systems

      We serve defense markets with next-generation solutions to help improve battlefield survivability for military and law enforcement personnel. Our lightweight armor systems and ballistic helmets help protect against a wide range of threats, without compromising mobility or comfort.

    • Fluoropolymers

      Because of their unique chemistries, 3M™ Dyneon™ Fluoropolymers remain durable in the most challenging conditions. Engineered to withstand heat, harsh chemicals and extreme pressures, these materials can handle tough jobs in automotive, chemical processing and more.

    • Friction Shims

      Ultra-thin and compact, 3M™ Friction Shims get their strong "grip" from embedded diamonds. They enhance friction and reliably transmit higher torques while enabling more compact automotive engines, wind turbines and more.

    • Glass Bubbles

      Reducing part weight without compromising strength, 3M™ Glass Bubbles can be incorporated into a wide range of polymers for density reduction. These versatile additives can also be used to reduce shrinkage, provide solar reflective or thermal insulation properties, and much more.

    • Polymer Processing Additives

      Call on 3M™ Dynamar™ Polymer Processing Additives for better surface quality, less waste, increased productivity and smoother processing when manufacturing extruded plastic products. Just a small amount can help reduce common issues such as die build-up and melt fracture.

    • Stable Isotopes

      Our enriched Boron and Boron isotopes help provide neutron absorbing and reflecting capabilities for nuclear waste containment, neutron radiation control in power plants and detector applications, and semiconductor-grade silicon processing.


    Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company

    A wholly owned subsidiary of 3M since 2012, Ceradyne is an industry-leading manufacturer of advanced ceramic systems and components for demanding industrial applications. Read about our technologies, access resources for customers and suppliers, and more.

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