3M Unveils Glass Bubbles S32HS

May 14 2018

3M has introduced Glass Bubbles S32HS to help OEMs achieve up to a 40 percent weight reduction of composite parts, at a density below 1.0 g/cc, while still enabling a class A paintable finish. This innovation makes SMCs an attractive option in automotive design for OEMs. 3M continues to be at the forefront of automotive lightweight material innovation with the launch of Glass Bubbles S32HS.

“With the trend toward electric and high efficiency cars, reducing overall vehicle weight is key to staying competitive,” said Ray Eby, vice president of 3M Automotive Electrification. “A typical automobile has about 660 lbs. of composite parts. With ultra lightweight SMCs enabled by our glass bubbles, OEMs can significantly improve a vehicle’s energy usage, while saving money– one less bump in the road in the race to automotive electrification.”

3M glass bubbles are an established lightweighting technology used in enabling lightweight sealants, injection molded parts and SMCs.

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