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Areas of Automotive Design Application

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  • As an automotive professional, you’re on a journey that 3M knows well. You start with a market trend – electrification, or increased fuel efficiency regulations, or the demand for more comfortable passenger experiences. Exploring these trends is a passion. Applying them to the vehicle itself is a journey. And the deeper you go, the more fascinating it becomes. Each interconnected part of the vehicle presents its own unique challenges. The solutions themselves require creativity combined with science. Above all, they require collaboration – a trusted partner to help you every step of the way. Where should we meet?


Chassis and Wheels
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Help improve ride quality with 3M wheel weights, adhesives, friction shims and damping materials.

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Body-in-White
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Enabling lightweighting, dissimilar material bonding and structural integrity with precision and efficiency.

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Exteriors and Glass
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Solutions to help you design lightweight, stylish vehicles that convey your most innovative ideas from the first glance.

Interiors
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Creating a more comfortable ride for passengers and drivers – solutions in thermal management, NVH, styling and VOC.

Human Machine Interface (HMI)
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Technologies for reduced glare, better viewability and improved information delivery from vehicles to passengers.

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Propulsion
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From emission control to power density and heat management, 3M has solutions for EV, HEV and ICE powertrains.

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Manufacturing & Assembly
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3M solutions help validate your great designs, maximizing and even eliminating process steps down the line.

Sensors and Cameras
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Tiers can supply tape-attached brackets for cameras, humidity control sensors and mirror button/rain sensors.

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  • When precision counts the most – in design, lightweighting and structural integrity – 3M delivers ever-evolving solutions in abrasives and structural adhesives, as well as advanced materials for the most cost-effective body-in-white processes.

  • Tomorrow’s vehicles will require precise control and handling. 3M delivers films, fluoropolymers, structural and fastening adhesives, wheel weights and more for flexibility and efficiency from initial design all the way through assembly.

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    Interiors

    You’re thinking about automotive interiors for entirely new passenger experiences. 3M is driving the future now with comprehensive solutions for addressing thermal management, lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness to name a few.

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    Exteriors and Glass

    Sealing. Bonding of sensors and dissimilar materials. Management of sound, heat and light. Whatever is most important to your automotive designs, 3M provides solutions in adhesives, tapes, films, engineered damping materials and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As OEM and Tier suppliers create new automotive cabin experiences, 3M creates the solutions that make advanced driver monitoring systems and heads-up displays come to life. We lead the industry in optically clear adhesives and light control films.

  • 3M sensor camouflage films are just the start. We work to create automotive design solutions that enhance the form, maximize the function and advance the entire trend in vehicle connectivity, with both passengers and the roadways themselves.

  • Electronic control unit design solutions including thermal management, electromagnetic interference, and electrical isolation, among others.

  • 3M helps streamline performance in ICE applications starting deep inside the engine with precision grinding abrasives 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.


Need Help Finding the Right Solution?

3M is constantly working to minimise risks by staying ahead of new challenges OEM and Tier suppliers face worldwide. If you need help maximising collaboration to build the future of mobility, contact 3M today.