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3M Silicon Nitride Materials and Components

Lightweight materials. Heavyweight applications.

High-strength ceramic materials for high performance in extreme environments.

3M™ Silicon Nitride Materials and Components

  • Heavy-duty diesel engines. Jet engine igniters. Oil wells thousands of feet underground. When extreme conditions like these push equipment to its limits, 3M™ Silicon Nitride industrial ceramics deliver high performance where other materials fail.

    3M silicon nitride is 60% lighter than steel but strong enough to survive some of the most demanding applications in a variety of industries. This lightweight, high-strength ceramic material is used as an alternative to stainless steel, super alloys, tungsten carbides and first-generation ceramics such as Al2O3 and ZrO2. It offers excellent thermal shock resistance and high fracture toughness, compatibility with nonferrous metal melts, and improved structural reliability compared to other ceramic materials.

    3M silicon nitride is available in a variety of grades, including fully dense and high-purity compositions. 3M silicon nitride materials and components are produced at fully dedicated manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Germany, using unique compositions and processing techniques. We can produce components to net or near-net shape, and components requiring close tolerances can be finish-machined in our fully equipped precision diamond grinding facilities.

    Applications for 3M silicon nitride include:

    • Foundries
    • Electronics
    • Oil & Gas
    • Automotive
    • Aerospace
  • Insights into the Advantages of the 3M Manufacturing Process

    3M™ Sintered Silicon Nitride is capable to provide a high degree of design freedom, to eliminate or reduce the need for hard machining. Components requiring close tolerances can be finish machined in our fully equipped precision diamond grinding facility.

Our product portfolio includes:

    • Bearing components
    • Blast nozzle liners
    • Electrical insulators
    • Dry gas seal faces
    • Engine cam rollers
    • Fuel pump rollers
    • Check balls
    • Valve balls & seats
    • Chute liners
    • Belt cleaners
    • Telemetry tools & measuring wheels
    • Metal forming rolls
    • Wear components
  • About 3M Advanced Ceramics

    These advanced ceramic products are manufactured at ISO 9001 certified facilities. Our manufacturing processes are optimized for quality, efficiency and consistency – helping ensure reliable and repeatable product performance. We have almost 100 years of experience in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge ceramic solutions, and we continually work to develop new applications for ceramic materials in cooperation with our customers and with research institutions.


Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M Technical Specialist.

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