In that case, we would like to spotlight the 3M™ Glass Bubbles for injection moulding and extrusion applications.
3M™ Glass Bubbles are advanced, low-density additives that can be used in a variety of different industrial applications. They are available in a wide range of densities and crush strengths, which are capable of surviving the most demanding compounding and injection moulding processes even at pressures of up to 30,000 psi. Moreover, 3M™ Glass Bubbles are compatible with all common thermoplastics, including polypropylene, nylon, ABS, and others.
These microscopic spheres of soda-lime/borosilicate glass are water insoluble, chemically stable, and offer a high strength-to-weight ratio.
3M™ Glass Bubbles can be used to reduce the density of thermo-elastic parts which may be critical to plastics companies operating within the transportation supply chain where OEM's are seeking to meet strict light-weighting targets for their automotive vehicles and airplanes.
Indeed, they can help plastics processors to:
- Reduce final part weight by 15% or more
- Increase productivity with a 15-25% reduction in injection moulding cycle time
- Maintain or improve dimensional stability and other physical properties
- Reduce shrinkage and warpage
- Contribute to sustainability through better fuel economy
For further detailed technical information about the 3M Glass Bubbles iM range and how it can be used in compounding or injection moulding - please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org