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What is Particles?

Particles by 3M is a place to explore the hidden beauty of science and celebrate the curiosity that drives scientific discoveries every day.

Small boy comforting his grandfather as they sit on a hospital bed
Helping patients who feel hopeless
How human listening and machine learning can help
Military veteran works with career counselor
Changing careers: from veteran to supply chain
Learn how and why he made career moves
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At 3M, science is our driving force. It influences everything around us – in ways you may not realize. In the cars, trains and planes that move us, our homes, offices, hospitals and buildings. It’s in our smartphones and stationery, the energy that lights a room, even the clothes we wear – all created and improved through science.

Here at 3M, we  wonder about science each and every day, hoping to inspire others to do so as well – whether you are an educator or student interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), a scientist passionate about securing a bright future for the state of science worldwide or just someone fascinated by seemingly simple scientific innovations impacting daily life. Come explore with us.

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  • Future of Mobility

    From vehicles that move us more efficiently to virtual reality that allows us to stay still, explore how science is helping take mobility further, and meet scientists searching for solutions to meet our mobility needs.

  • Disrupting Disease with Data

    Data is powering dramatic changes around the world. Explore how creative scientists from 3M to Stanford University to start-ups are using data and technology to drive healthier choices and reduce the risk of preventable diseases.

  • Evolution of Work

    The world of work is evolving. Read the stories of people at the forefront of that change, those championing skilled labor and enabling global thinking, and learn how science can play a role in holistically approaching worker safety and health.


  • Do you use math and science at work? See which professions do.

    Jobs in STEM pay almost twice as much as non-STEM fields on average. You may immediately think of engineers, researchers and statisticians, but not all STEM jobs require a bachelor’s degree.

    2018-09-262 Design & Construction,Automotive,Manufacturing Do you use math and science at work? See which professions do.
  • Ditch the way you think about your car – everything's about to change

    When you think about the future, you might envision commuting to work in a self-driving electric vehicle – even one that picks you up at your door. That dream may take a few more years to come true, but in many ways, the future is already here.

    2018-03-85 Automotive,Transportation Ditch the way you think about your car – everything's about to change
  • Driving forward: How transportation technology has evolved and what’s next

    As we figure out new ways to travel, we constantly try to improve our current methods – making them faster, safer, more efficient and more reliable.

    2018-08-234 Transportation,Automotive Driving forward: How transportation technology has evolved and what’s next
  • New innovations in manufacturing change how your car is held together

    Automotive manufacturers have a lot of priorities to balance – fuel economy, safety, cost, increased customer expectations and keeping manufacturing efficient as new innovations come into play. As cars use different materials to keep them lighter, the way they are held together is also changing.

    2018-05-138 Automotive,Transportation,Manufacturing New innovations in manufacturing change how your car is held together
  • Creating a game-changing abrasive

    A scientist’s the hunt for the next big breakthrough

    2017-04-94 Automotive,Transportation,Manufacturing Creating a game-changing abrasive
  • 250,000 miles? Why not. Maintenance and repair tips to help keep your motor running

    Why pay for a new car every five years? It’s a big deal to dish out that kind of cash.

    2017-08-242 Automotive 250,000 miles? Why not. Maintenance and repair tips to help keep your motor running
  • Cars are her canvas: An artist builds a career in collision repair

    Elise Groenewold says she notices some people are quietly skeptical when she enters the shop. That is until they see her sanding, welding and painting.

    2018-06-156 Automotive,Manufacturing Cars are her canvas: An artist builds a career in collision repair
  • The tiny technology that brightens your phone could lead to more patient-friendly shots

    More than 60 years ago, an advance in technology changed the way we make things. That discovery improves dozens of applications that help us see road signs better, have more efficient abrasives and have access to microneedles that may soon provide us with patient-friendly shots.

    2017-10-284 Manufacturing,Automotive The tiny technology that brightens your phone could lead to more patient-friendly shots
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