The US Military + 3M partnership is grounded in a passionate desire to ensure the mission readiness of our military aircraft. We want to know what challenges you face and how we can help you work smarter and faster, with better quality results and metrics. You want to know what’s percolating in our labs, and we want to show you.
Our collaboration to create first choice, ruggedized aircraft maintenance products has been forged over decades. It works because we both think about what’s possible and how we can discover the very best answers. You share your aircraft maintenance knowledge and expertise. We share our science. And together we keep our military aircraft flying.
From the moment your aircraft pulls into pre-dock—through repair, disassembly and inspection, rebuilding and repainting, your goal is to work with brilliant efficiency and create outstanding results.
3M scientists have engineered hundreds of specialized products built to maximize your workflow and operate in the harshest conditions, wherever they are deployed. Imagine this—3M™ Cubitron™ ll grinding wheels work up to 2X faster than regular ones and self-sharpen as you work. How? The microstructure of our ceramic grains makes it all possible. Engineered products like these can help transform your work life, making it easier and more exciting, with better results.
We’d like to be your life cycle partner in reducing aircraft downtime and operational costs, from design and manufacturing to the moment your aircraft takes flight. Together we can get the job done by combining your unparalleled expertise as craftsmen and our mission-ready products.
Painting aluminum and steel requires scientifically crafted products – like 3M™ Cubitron™ Hookit ll Clean Sanding Abrasive Disks that cut at least 30% faster and last at least 30% longer than conventional ceramic abrasives. Or Scotch® Performance Masking Tape 233+ that easily curves to create sharp paint lines. And our 3MTM PPSTM Paint Preparation System (PPS) that makes your painting process cleaner and faster.
Look to 3M for abrasives, masking solutions, surface prep and adhesion promoters, and equipment for specialized paint applications. Your job just got easier…with improved results.
From cutting and grinding to polishing, finishing, sanding, cleaning and everything in between, metalworking requires innovative abrasive system solutions that make your job simpler, safer and more comfortable—with faster, better results.
Like 3M™ Cubitron™ ll Abrasives - the result of decades of advances in ceramic abrasive and microreplication technologies to cut faster, last longer, and help lower your production costs.
Throughout the aircraft maintenance and repair process, the health and safety of your workers always comes first. 3M can help—with integrated solutions that work together from respiratory, hearing and eye protection to hard hats, communication solutions and fall protection systems.
Check out our safety eyewear line with 3M™ Scotchgard™ Protector Anti-Fog Coating, designed to keep lenses clear of fog and steam – even when you are in hot and humid conditions or climate-controlled areas. Or, check out 3M Hearing Solutions for aerospace to help ensure your entire crew is protected while they communicate effectively.
When you store fixed or rotary wing aircraft for the long term, corrosion prevention is the #1 priority. 3M surface protection systems help future proof your aircraft by guarding them from the eroding effects of sun, wind, rain and sand—for the ultimate in corrosion control. If corrosion happens, our abrasive systems help easily remove it so you can complete repairs and quickly get your tactical aircraft flight ready.
When your aircraft is out of rotation and waiting to be worked on, you’ll want to make sure no further corrosion or breakdown of parts takes place while it’s in the queue. Preservation tape over seams or gaps can make all the difference for corrosion protection, especially in harsh weather conditions. Knowing 3M tapes will remove easily without leaving residue behind makes your life easier, too.
Choosing planet friendly cleaning solvents
When you need a precision cleaner, excellent performance is critical – but so is safety. New environmental regulations and initiatives give extra urgency to your selection. 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids help you meet your aircraft solvent cleaning and vapor degreasing needs while providing greater safety for workers.
Discovering masking tape that stands up
Because you use chromic acid anodizing for flight-critical aluminum components that are subjected to high stresses, you need a masking tape that can handle the harsh anodization process. 3M™ Anodizing Masking Tape 8985L delivers both performance and convenience because it adheres securely to provide excellent masking lines yet removes quickly and cleanly.
When you’re creating the world’s best aircraft, it makes sense to turn to best-in-class products as you design and manufacture at optimum quality. 3M science and technology can help with impact protection, rotor blade protection, corrosion protection, surface protection, thermal management, lightweighting and more. Together we can imagine what’s next and create a brighter future.