3M Glass Bubbles

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3M™ Glass Bubbles iM30K 3M™ Glass Bubbles K11 3M™ Glass Bubbles S42XHS 3M™ Glass Bubbles A20/1000 3M™ Glass Bubbles S60HS 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS10000 3M™ Glass Bubbles S32 3M™ Glass Bubbles K46 3M™ Glass Bubbles K42HS 3M™ Glass Bubbles G18/500 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS7K32 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS18000 3M™ Glass Bubbles S38 3M™ Glass Bubbles A16/500 3M™ Glass Bubbles iM16K 3M™ Glass Bubbles K25 3M™ Glass Bubbles S15 3M™ Glass Bubbles K15 3M™ Glass Bubbles K1 3M™ Glass Bubbles D32/4500 3M™ Glass Bubbles S38HS 3M™ Glass Bubbles S22 3M™ Glass Bubbles S35 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS4K28
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Tiny bubbles. Big impact.

3M™ Glass Bubbles are creating new opportunities for lightweight plastics, oil and gas exploration, and much more.

3M™ Glass Bubbles

  • Imagine lighter-weight vehicles that can travel farther on less fuel. More efficient ways to drill for oil and insulate deepsea pipelines. Paint that helps keep homes cooler on hot, sunny days. In all these ways and more, 3M™ Glass Bubbles are helping a wide range of industrial sectors solve design challenges and reach new levels of performance and productivity.

    3M glass bubbles are high-strength, low-density hollow glass microspheres made from soda-lime borosilicate glass. They are nonporous, chemically stable and provide excellent water and oil resistance. Strong enough to survive processing, they can be incorporated into a wide range of polymers for density reduction. And the benefits of 3M glass bubbles go far beyond lightweighting: the inherent properties of these microspheres provide a number of unique performance and processing advantages.

    -  Weight reduction
    -  Dimensional stability
    -  Thermal insulation
    -  Reduced resin demand
    -  Cycle time reduction
    -  Solar reflectivity
    -  Low dielectric constant

Applications

Browse the links below to take a closer look at how you could benefit from incorporating 3M glass bubbles in your industry.

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    Automotive and Commercial Vehicle

    3M glass bubbles can be used in a variety of interior and exterior automotive and commercial vehicle applications, from pillar trim and central consoles to the hood, fenders, tire tubs and much more. Other applications include auto body filler, lightweight seam sealer and underbody coatings.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Construction Materials
    Construction Materials

    From low-shrinkage spackling to engineered wood, 3M glass bubbles help make construction materials lighter and easier to work with.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Drilling Fluids and Cements
    Drilling Fluids & Cements

    In control fluids and cement slurries, 3M glass bubbles help reduce and control downhole pressure to improve well efficiency and productivity.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Insulation and Buoyancy
    Insulation & Buoyancy

    Syntactic foams filled with 3M glass bubbles are used for thermal insulation for pipeline and risers, and for buoyancy modules with maximum lift at any depth rating.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Mining
    Mining

    As a sensitizer in explosive formulations, 3M glass bubbles provide stable, consistent internal voids for more efficient detonation.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Paints and Coatings
    Paints & Coatings

    3M glass bubbles allow high filler loading at lower viscosities, reduce shrinkage and offer solar reflective properties for paints and specialty coatings.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Plastics and Rubber
    Plastics & Rubber

    From lightweight packaging to furniture, sporting goods and even electronics, 3M glass bubbles can be used in an astonishing variety of injection molded and extruded parts and products.

  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Transportation
    Transportation

    3M glass bubbles reduce part weight, helping improve fuel efficiency in aircraft, automotive, commercial and recreational vehicles – all while maintaining desirable physical properties.

Support

3M glass bubbles are supported by our global sales, technical and customer service resources. Contact us for more information, including formulation assistance or questions about a specific application.

Call 1800-425-3030 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time )

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