Materials such as adhesives, 3M™ Glass Bubbles and fasteners carry a distinct advantage: they can help you use lighter substrates than those commonly used in automotive OEM design. With our long automotive history and our technologies in adhesives and advanced materials, 3M can supply solutions that help you transform your designs: tapes for bonding dissimilar surfaces and mixed material joints, reclosable fasteners that help create sleeker lines, structural adhesives that can reinforce or replace metal fasteners, and much more. 3M™ Glass Bubbles add performance without the weight, and 3M™ Friction Shims allow for increased power density and torque loads without the need for more or larger joint designs. This is just the start. Let’s explore what we can create together.
What you don’t build into your designs is just as important as what you do. Join us as we develop and deliver solutions for even lighter designs.
Whether you’re a manufacturer or auto industry supplier, there is pressure to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy – all while keeping performance at its peak and your manufacturing costs in check, including:
Design and build lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles with the help of 3M automotive lightweighting solutions.
Discover 3M technologies for lightweight vehicle construction and learn how 3M supports you in developing efficient, low-emission products.
3M™ Glass Bubbles can be used in the design of a variety of interior and exterior automotive applications. From body panels and engine covers to liquid plastisol for seam sealing applications, 3M Glass Bubbles can enable your lightweighting needs. Using this filler helps reduce the overall weight of the part while also optimizing manufacturing efficiencies.
The auto industry is using a variety of materials to reduce weight in vehicle designs. 3M has bonding and joining solutions for the modern materials being used today - from plastics to aluminum to composites – we have an answer.
Downsizing doesn't have to mean a downgrade in performance. 3M™ Friction Shims enhance friction to transmit higher loads while enabling more compact and lightweight designs.
Lightweight designs dominate automotive development today, but acoustic absorbers can contribute to both weight savings and increased customer satisfaction by giving passengers a quieter ride.
Cars need to be greener. As government regulations and consumer demand push automotive manufacturers toward more sustainable solutions, OEMs and Tiers are relying on lightweight components to reduce weight and meet performance standards. Manufacturers are currently benefitting from important innovations in materials to help reduce weight in vehicle designs, but dissimilar materials can be tricky to put together. 3M has solutions to help you execute your vehicle designs of the future with a portfolio of tapes, adhesives and reclosable fasteners that address the challenges of using modern materials.
Because every ounce counts!
Studies show that using lightweight materials can cut a vehicle’s body and chassis weight in half – helping to dramatically increase fuel economy and improve range in hybrids, plug-ins and all electric vehicles.¹
Weight saving in the fascia
Together with two partner companies, 3M has developed a lightweight construction material that reduces the weight of the rear apron of a vehicle. Here, the microscopic glass bubbles from 3M are used.
Alternatives to spot welding
For more than 45 years, automotive manufacturers and suppliers have used 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes to attach vehicle components such as moldings, trim and door seals. In recent years, the tendency to join parts with adhesives has increased significantly.
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.