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Automotive Manufacturing: Abrasives for Metal Fabrication

Automotive Manufacturing: Abrasives for Metal Fabrication

Transforming metal into parts and components for the automotive industry takes know-how and expertise. 3M’s world class abrasives solutions, leading brands like Cubitron II™ and Scotch-Brite™ Industrial Abrasives, as well as material science innovations in precision shaped grain and non-woven abrasive webs have helped and continue to revolutionize automotive applications. From cutting to deburring and everything in between – 3M abrasives for metal fabrication will take your shop to the next level, now and in the future.

Metal fabricator grinding a weld with a 3M grinding wheel
  • Woman in metal fabrication shop cutting metal

    You only get one shot to cut your metal parts the way you want them, and it sets the bar for the rest of your work. 3M designs innovative abrasive solutions for cutting steel pipes, tubes, sheets, bars and other unique cutting applications like pipe notching.

  • Pipe deburring with 3M flap disc

    Weld grinding, Coatings and Rust removal is an important step in many metal fabrication processes, and cleanly removing the excess weld metal requires an abrasive that can be used both quickly and carefully.

  • Beveling metal with 3M disc

    With sharp metal burrs and edges on every stamped and lasered metal part, speed and finesse is important. 3M offers a wide selection of deburring abrasives to use on metalworking projects of any size or shape.

Featured Solutions for Cutting

  • 3M™ Cut-Off Wheel Tool has been engineered for operator comfort in demanding metal cutting applications, featuring 3M™ Gripping Material on the grip for a secure hold and enhanced control with less effort. A 360° rotatable safety guard provides maximum surface visibility and a safety lever throttle helps prevent accidental starting.

  • For those who know time is money, choose this Premium Series 3M™ Cubitron™ II Cut-Off Wheel powered by 3M Precision-Shaped Grain.

Featured Solutions for Grinding - Weld Grinding, Coatings and Rust Removal

  • We engineered our 3M™ Grinders to power abrasives and accessories — making your cutting, grinding, blending or finishing jobs fast, easy and efficient.

  • Exceptionally fast-cutting and long-lasting rigid bonded wheel for heavy weld removal and other heavy-duty grinding applications. This grinding wheel works well on almost all materials and is specially formulated for use on stainless steel, mild steel, and aerospace alloys.

  • Perfect for moderate to heavy stock removal as well as finishing, ceramic abrasives are built to cut fast and handle intense heat and stress applications.

  • A straight-shaft tool ideal for heavyweight applications such as stock removal and weld leveling. Designed for continuous use with features that enhance operator comfort and control.

  • Effectively removes rust, paint, mill scale, coatings and adhesives from surfaces without significantly altering the base material. The high-strength fibers are highly conformable, resist chunking and loading, and perform well on the edges of a workpiece.

Featured Solutions for Deburring

  • 3M™ Disc Sanders are lightweight and rugged, designed with a high power-to-weight ratio to help you get more work done in less time – and with less strain. 3M™ Gripping Material and a 97-degree angle head allow more comfort and control.

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  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Roloc™ Durable Edge Disc 984F offers a superior solution for tackling medium to high pressure grinding applications when a smaller-sized disc is needed. It excels in stainless steel, cobalt chrome, and nickel alloy applications.

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    984F Info Sheet (PDF, 272 KB)

  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982C uses 3M Precision-Shaped Grain to generate up to twice the cut-rate, durability, and life of other fiber discs when grinding carbon steel — all with less grinding pressure required by the operator. That means less operator fatigue, faster throughput, and more parts per disc when tackling medium and high-pressure grinding applications.

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  • The Scotch-Brite™ Roloc™ Surface Conditioning Disc combines our durable, non-woven disc with the efficient 3M™ Roloc™ quick-change attachment system for an effective disc that cleans, finishes, blends, and deburrs. Our non-woven fiber construction conforms well to help preserve irregular or contoured surfaces and the Roloc™ backing supports the disc for aggressive cutting.

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