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3M Puts Real Power into Automotive Design

  • When you have served the automotive industry for more than 100 years, you learn a few things about propulsion. We use every moment of this experience to keep today’s OEMs and Tier suppliers on top of “what’s next” in automotive propulsion design. You can look to 3M for internal combustion engine (ICE) solutions that enable increased thermal efficiency, power output and emissions control. You can also look to us for new solutions in safety, range, acoustics and more for the unique and evolving challenges in electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Let’s talk about how 3M can help give you the power you need.

Solutions for Your Automotive OEM Experience

This is where your experience meets ours: you design for the challenges, opportunities and processes in automotive propulsion; 3M brings a wealth of knowledge and combined expertise across dozens of technology platforms to help you meet them. We invite you to join us.

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    When range, thermal efficiency, safety and customer experience become critical challenges, 3M delivers a rich combination of materials and technologies to solve for tough lightweighting, thermal runaway and acoustic damping challenges. They include enhancing and shielding tapes, 3M™ Glass Bubbles, electrical resins, engineered fluids and more.

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    Magnet and thermally conductive epoxy adhesives. Boron nitride cooling fillers. Specialty electrical powder resins for enhanced insulation to motor components, and friction shims for increased power density without increasing joint or assembly size. These are just a few of the ways 3M can help enhance the design and manufacture of ePowertrains.

  • 3M helps streamline performance in ICE applications starting deep inside the engine with precision grinding abrasives such as Precision-Shaped Grain (PSG) and abrasive microfilms. Our mat mounts, fluorothermoplastics and fluoroelastomers are excellent for engineered parts and emissions solutions for gas and diesel catalytic converters and evaporative (EVAP) systems.

  • 3M™ Friction Shims increase the transmission of power without the need for larger and heavier bolt connections or joints. This opens the door for greater design flexibility, safety, power density and efficiency. Learn more from this comprehensive guide.

Let’s Explore the Future of Mobility

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    This is the expanding world of automotive electrification: as vehicle energy ecosystems evolve from ICE propulsion to hybrid and xEV, so do critical design considerations like lightweighting, thermal management and mechanical energy control. We invite you to learn along with us.

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    Autonomous Vehicles

    Connect with us as we explore the world of autonomous vehicles. As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) expand into fully automated vehicles, 3M continually studies areas such as machine-readable lane markings, advanced sign technology and dedicated short range communications (DSRC).

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    Passenger Experience

    What do we do when the passenger comfort itself becomes a fast-moving target? Here is what our automotive professionals are talking about related to the challenges you face every day: display readability, design-expedient sensor placement, interior temperature management and more.

Need Help Finding the Right Solution?

3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.