Glass Bubbles weight volume calculator

3M™ Glass Bubbles weight volume calculator

See how 3M™ Glass Bubbles can help you significantly reduce the density of your compound formulations, leading to lighter weight parts. This weight volume calculator allows you to compare your reference compound formulation with lighter formulations that use 3M™ Glass Bubbles. 

Start with your reference formulation and use the other recipe columns to vary polymer and filler contents. Adjust the weight percentages of ingredients to see how different formulations affect compound density and volume filling. When done, you can download a PDF summary of your formulations. 

This tool is designed to help you analyze the effects of 3M™ Glass Bubbles on your reference formulation density. If you do not have a reference formulation or are unsure what grade of 3M™ Glass Bubbles is optimal for your application, we are here to help you optimize your lightweight formulation. Contact a 3M expert.

Calculator Instructions

To compare which fillers in different materials in your application give what effect on the overall density, start with your reference formulation and use other recipe columns to adjust polymer and filler contents. Vary ingredients to directly find out how density and part weight changes per compound formulation.

The "Replace" column calculates the volume of 3M Glass Bubbles required to substitute existing filler in a known formulation.

Based on individual data you have provided, an analysis will be shown how the density changes and behaves - as a graph and in form of a table.

Replace Filler Column

This column calculates an approximate weight percentage of 3M™ Glass Bubbles that could replace an existing filler in your reference formulation while maintaining the same filler volume percentage.

Choose polymer and filler ingredients for your reference formulation, then select a grade of 3M™ Glass Bubbles to serve as a possible replacement for the filler. Click the button for the filler you wish to replace, and a new formulation incorporating 3M™ Glass Bubbles will be calculated.

This example formulation will be included in the graph and table below.

Note: This tool only evaluates the impact of material density with the addition of 3M™ Glass Bubbles. Replacing fillers may have other impacts on material properties besides density. If you have questions or need help, please contact a 3M expert.

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