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Advanced Ceramics for Industrial Applications

Where only the strong survive

Advanced ceramic materials and components from 3M operate in some of the most challenging environments on earth – and beyond.

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From smart cars to the smart grid, advanced ceramics from 3M are driving innovation in some of the world’s most technologically advanced industries. Our ceramic systems, materials and components provide effective, trusted solutions for transportation, oil and gas, fuel cells, electronics, and even space exploration.

In many ways, ceramics are uniquely suited to the challenges of these demanding applications. Lightweight and intrinsically hard, 3M advanced ceramics resist heat, chemicals, wear and corrosion better than metals and plastics – helping them withstand extreme conditions where other materials fail.

For example, 3M advanced ceramics are helping industrial facilities reduce maintenance downtime by improving equipment reliability. They’re hard at work deep underground, improving the extraction of hard-to-reach oil and gas reserves. They’re even in outer space, protecting satellites against impact by micrometeorites. Closer to home, 3M advanced ceramics are helping automotive manufacturers create more compact, powerful and sophisticated automotive engines.

Browse the materials below or contact us today to learn how 3M advanced ceramics can help you meet the challenges of your industry.

  • For use as a boron source, as an antioxidant, in abrasive grinding and lapping, and for semiconductor components.

  • Boron Nitride cooling fillers for thermally conductive, electrically insulating polymers for electronic devices.

  • For use as a deoxidant for high-conductivity copper, an antioxidant for carbon-bonded refractory components, or in wear-resistant components or coatings.

  • Flours, blends and advanced shell systems for investment casting, and castables, crucibles and other shapes for high temperature processes.

  • High temperature ceramic fibers and textiles for aerospace, electrical and fuel cell applications, and structural fibers for composite reinforcement.

  • Wear-resistant materials, blasting nozzles, sealing components, sliding bearings, thermocouple protection tubes and electronic components.

  • Wear-resistant materials, bearings, rollers, foundry accessories, and components for aerospace, oil and gas and other industrial applications.

  • For use in evaporation boats, crucibles, refractory components, welding and thermal spraying, and wear protection applications in a variety of industries.

  • Antioxidant for zirconia-based carbon-bonded refractories used in steel production and with other ferrous melts.

  • High-strength functional fillers with a fine particle size for industrial and architectural paints and coatings.

  • Hollow glass microspheres for lightweight plastic and rubber parts, syntactic foam insulation, buoyancy modules, and low-density drilling fluids and cements.


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