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3M introduces Glass Bubbles S32HS

The technology breaks the density barrier in SMCs at <1.0 g/cc, enabling the potential to replace metal components in automotive applications.

8th May 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Orlando, FL


As automotive manufacturers look to improve fuel economy and battery range for electrification, material lightweighting without compromising mechanical integrity is vital. Metals, although lightweight, can come with indirect processing and manufacturing costs and may become even more expensive with the uncertainty surrounding global metal supply. Sheet moulded composites (SMCs) are a viable alternative to metals in certain applications, while still achieving the desired physical properties.

Read the full article on our Inside Composites website

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