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Light Management Design Challenges

  • Shape and placement of displays enable new freedom to present an increasing breath of information about the vehicle and the operating environment. We’re here to help ensure that you can make visionary designs a reality while keeping drivers and passengers safe in the automobiles of tomorrow.

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    3M Light management

    Design. Performance. Safety.

    Design. Performance. Safety.

    Technology that can help increase brightness,
    clarity and visibility in your information display
    to deliver your most visionary designs.

    Technology that can help increase brightness,
    clarity and visibility in your information display
    to deliver your most visionary designs.

3M™ Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA)

Enhances display contrast and mechanical robustness while optically clear bonding to glass.

3M™ Brightness Enhancing Films (AEF / BEF / DBEF)

Uses prismatic structures to stear wide-angle light toward the viewer increasing brightness and efficiency.

3M™ Advanced Light Control Film

Manage distracting reflections.

3M™ Enhanced Specular Reflector (ESR)

High performance, non-metallic, color neutral mirror to reflect back greater than 98% of light.

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  • Maximise brightness and efficiency for maximum readability.

    We’re entering a new era of human machine interface (HMI). On-axial luminance, readability and efficiency in automotive displays are all increasingly important for safe, differentiated customer experiences. 3M advanced films for brightness enhancement and reflective polarising can help you achieve demanding display requirements: increase backlight efficiency, transmit more light, and avoid moiré effects. Specifically with electronic mirror (eMirror) displays, get clear, undistorted views in passive reflective and electrified backlit states, and switch seamlessly from mirror to display. These are just a few of the ways 3M can help. Explore now.

    Featured Technologies:

    3M™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Films (DBEF) Data Sheet (PDF, 477 KB)

    3M™ Brightness Enhancement Films (BEF) Data Sheet (PDF, 644 KB)

  • Decrease reflections – and distractions.

    As information displays increase in size and move higher on the dashboard bringing information closer to the driver for increased safety, managing reflections becomes critical. 3M™ Advanced Light Control Film (ALCF) helps enable cockpit designs to meet increasing demands of modern digital displays by controlling and directing light to exactly where it is needed – and reducing light from where it can become a distraction. ALCF is a louver film that controls the distribution of light perpendicular to the louver structure (viewing angle) to help create privacy, control ambient reflections and improve display contrast.

    Featured Technology:

    3M™ Advanced Light Control Film (ALCF) Data Sheet (PDF, 806 KB)

  • Enhance contrast and durability with optical bonding

    Designers can create solid yet sleek designs with 3M™ Optically Clear Adhesives (OCAs). These adhesives reduce ambient reflections by filling in the air gap between the cover lens and the LCD. The result is much better contrast and readability for automotive displays. OCAs also help increase structural stiffness, providing greater reliability and durability. 3M Optically Clear Adhesives are available in roll good form (the ARO series) or converted (ACO). The ACO series is an easy to handle die-cut optically clear adhesive that conforms to the freeform shape and curvature of lenses and other components while maintaining bond strength.

    Featured Technology:

    3M™ Automotive Optically Clear Adhesive ACO 05U-XXX Series (PDF, 159KB)

    3M™ Automotive Optically Clear Adhesive ACO 01N-XXX Series (PDF, 175KB)

    3M™ Automotive Optically Clear Adhesive ACO 03U-XXX Series (PDF, 165KB)

    3M™ Automotive Optically Clear Adhesive ACO 04N-XXX Series (PDF, 299KB)

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    Ryan Eismin, 3M Company, explains how Optically Clear Adhesives (OCA) work and their benefits in display design.

    For the development of the OCAs, expertise from adhesive technology was combined with knowledge from the field of optical films. In the video you can find out how OCAs can help to fill the air gap between the cover plate and the LCD and what advantages OCAs offer in display construction.

  • 3M Senior Research Scientist John VanDerlofske on light control
    Watch John VanDerlofske, PhD present research on light control solutions

    John VanDerlofske, 3M Company, “Driving Toward Performance Standards in Light Control for Automotive Displays” SID Vehicle Display Symposium 2019

    Displays are becoming a more common and important feature of any new automotive cockpit. Increasing in size and proximity to windows, these displays raise the need for light control solutions to mitigate unsightly and possibly distracting windshield reflections. We discuss automotive display trends, their unique light control challenges, and propose new display light output metrics that can be critical to safety, and the driver/passenger experience.

Light management Technical Data Sheets

View the most frequently requested Light management Technical Data Sheets (TDS) at the link below.

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