Discover 3M solutions that enable you to develop lighter weight, efficient, low-emission vehicles.
Lightweight automotive design & manufacturing is a key focus for the global automotive industry. Automotive OEMs and Tiers are looking for technologies to enable lighter and more efficient designs. After all, lightweight components are regarded as one of the best ways to reduce emissions and to comply with stringent CO₂ requirements.
3M is your trusted partner for automotive lightweighting solutions. With more than 40 technology platforms and in-depth understanding of the challenges facing OEMs and Tiers, 3M provides you with practical and innovative solutions for materials and lightweight design.
With solutions from 3M, you can master the direct and indirect challenges resulting from low component weights and new composite materials.
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.
Download the 3M Lightweight eBook (PDF, 6.47 MB) to learn more about the global challenges and solutions for lighter, more efficient vehicles.
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 & 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 aluminium to composites – we have an answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.