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3M™ Glass Bubbles K37, 1 gal container (1.5 lb, .68 kg)

3M Product Number K373M ID 7000051918UPC 00021200878176
  • Decreases weight in paints and thermosets to improve efficiency and may lower costs
  • Provides excellent water and oil resistance for use in underwater applications
  • Low surface area enables higher filler loading in paint formulations for reduced costs
  • Delivers stable voids for reduced thermal conductivity and dielectric constant
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Typical Properties
Attribute Name
Value
Brand
3M™
Capabilities
Chemical Resistance, Increased Production Throughput, Lightweighting, Temperature Resistance
Color (unaided eye)
White, powdery
Composition
Soda-lime-borosilicate glass
Crush Strength
3,000
Density (g/cc)
0.37
Industries
Paints and Coatings, Rubber and Plastic, Transportation
Manufacturing Segment
Exterior, Glass, Interior
Median Particle Diameter
45
Net Weight (Imperial)
1.5 lb
Net Weight (Metric)
0.68 kg
Product Color
White
Strength (MPa)
20.6
Details
  • Decreases weight in paints and thermosets to improve efficiency and may lower costs
  • Provides excellent water and oil resistance for use in underwater applications
  • Low surface area enables higher filler loading in paint formulations for reduced costs
  • Delivers stable voids for reduced thermal conductivity and dielectric constant
  • Versatile use – adaptable to a variety of production processes including high shear liquid mixing systems
  • Lightweight filler adds durability and scrub resistance to paint formulations

3M™ Glass Bubbles K37 are lightweight hollow glass microspheres with a density of 0.37 g/cc and a crush strength of 3,000 psi. These general purpose spheres offer very good strength-to-density ratio and making them suitable for a variety of uses – coatings, adhesives, mastics, sealants and thermoset resin systems.

Strength-to-Weight Ratio
The benefits don’t end there; although these hollow spheres have thin walls, they have an isostatic crush strength of 3,000 psi making them suitable for a number of applications. In addition to paints and coatings, these bubbles may be used for compounding, rubber and plastic applications. K37 bubbles have a fractional survival rate of 80% or more, at 3,000 psi for consistent performance and greater survivability. This is especially important in the production of plastic and rubber parts, so you can reduce the weight of finished parts without compromising the strength and mechanical integrity.

The unique spherical shape of these bubbles offers a number of additional benefits, including: higher filler loading, lower viscosity/improved flow and reduced shrinkage and warpage. Higher filler loading offers the potential for lower costs. Adding to this product’s versatility is its ability to be easily blended into compounds – making it adaptable to a variety of production processes including spraying, casting and molding. Like all of our products, we have gone through painstaking effort to develop 3M™ Glass Bubbles K37, to go above and beyond user requirements. When it comes to finding a durable, reliable additive for paints and coatings, turn to 3M – a company that has been developing glass bubble technology for over 40 years.

Typical Applications

  • Paints and coatings
  • Compounding
  • Emulsion explosives
  • Transportation
  • High build coatings for sag resistance
  • High temperature insulation coatings