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  • From complex medical devices to consumer-based retail applications, 3M medical adhesives, films, fasteners and other medical components meet the needs of countless medical device manufacturing applications. Improve your productivity – and add more value to your products – by putting 3M's world-class materials and technical expertise to work for you.

    Imagine the possibilities, with 3M as a trusted source of quality health care components for design-in solutions to enhance and save lives.


  • Medical Transdermal Components

    Transdermal Patches

    It’s no secret that skin has many layers. The same can be said for transdermal patches. Several components comprise a transdermal patch: backings, liners, membranes and tapes.

    The complexities of multiple layers working together is why it is important for careful selection of components for applications that deliver active pharmaceutical ingredients through the skin. 3M delivers the customer and technical support you need to solve for challenging formulations, enhance cosmetic appearance and design for long-term success.


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  • Continuous Health Monitoring

    Our experts can help you select the best options for your design, from conformable, "skin-friendly" materials to aggressive medical adhesives used in the actual construction of your device. Whatever product development stage you're at, we're ready to help you succeed – with solutions that can help improve device reliability, enhance performance and reduce costs. 

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  • Diabetes Management

    Typical uses include construction of blood glucose strips, lateral flow assays and other microfluidic consumables and devices used for clinical, molecular and immunoassay diagnostics. Whether it is a double-sided spacer tape, a printable cover tape or a fluid transport technology we can help determine the best materials for your test strip or diagnostic device. We understand that your applications may require something a bit different; we are experts at developing customized solutions for medical diagnostic applications such as pathogen detection, chronic disease monitoring, and genetic biomarker detection.

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  • Medical Device Development

    3M's experienced technical and design experts are ready to help you create the next generation of feature-rich medical devices. Get 3M involved in the development stage. We're eager to collaborate for our shared success as we help you make the most of 3M Science. It's technology with a personal touch.

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  • Retail Applications

    You see them almost everywhere: temporary tattoos spreading smiles at a child’s birthday party. Bandages guarding small scrapes. Sports tape protecting athletes during intense competition. With low barriers to entry and virtually limitless applications, the retail stick-to-skin market is a good choice for companies looking to expand.
     
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  • White paper: The engineer’s guide to wearables: Lessons learned from design mishaps.

    Managing a chronic illness can be a full-time job, and it shouldn’t be further complicated by monitoring devices.

    But designing a wearable medical device that checks all the boxes on user needs is no easy feat.

    That’s why we’ve compiled our knowledge from working with design engineers and device manufacturers around the world into a guide – “The engineer’s guide to wearables: Lessons learned from design mishaps.”

    With it, you’ll learn a wide array of missteps your peers have encountered while bringing wearables to market (and how to avoid them), as well as what users really want out of their devices.

  • Manufacturing Challenges.

    Manufacturing challenges can often complicate the already demanding job of medical device design.

    To help you successfully get ahead of these challenges, we compiled our knowledge from working with design engineers and device manufacturers around the world into a guide – “A design engineer’s guide to manufacturing challenges: Finding balance between design, material & production.”

    It will help you learn from obstacles others have experienced, ultimately helping you navigate the development process more efficiently.


  • 3M Medical Materials and Technologies brochure

    Design-in solutions to enhance and save lives.

    We offer a wide range of medical-grade materials and components to help you design and build more reliable, innovative and feature-rich medical devices.

    From initial design through production, we put our medical industry expertise and broad technology portfolio to work for you – helping you bring the next generation of medical devices to life.


Careful selection of quality materials during the concept stage can reduce the risk of delays late in the development process. With 3M, you can get technical, design-in expertise right from the start – making your materials selection process faster, easier and smarter.

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    Your next generation device is ready for next steps. Our network of Preferred Converters includes a diverse group of medical device manufacturing experts to help you take the next step.

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