3M Medical Materials and Technologies helps health care manufacturers design and build more reliable, innovative and feature-rich medical devices. Customers leverage 3M technical expertise to select materials and technologies that integrate together for their break-through medical industry, device innovations designed for improving or enhancing lives.

Science of skin

Skin sticks with us – from infancy to mature adulthood. It safeguards our organs and tells the story of our health. When it comes to designing skin-friendly adhesives, dressings and devices, it can be a complex puzzle.

As a medical device manufacturer, your key consideration when selecting a tape is ensuring proper adhesion to the patient's body. Whether it's affixed for several hours, a day, a week or even longer, your wearable device needs to stay attached to do its job. While adhesion is critical, there are other variables that need to be considered—such as ergonomic requirements, skin condition, the patient population and wear time.

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Science behind the strip

Microfluidic devices, made of diagnostic strips or discs, transport, protect and detect important samples of blood or other fluids. They give patients and providers the information they need to diagnose and explore treatment. Perhaps most importantly, they enable people to put the power of health information in their own hands – quickly and at the point of care.

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So many devices, so many adhesives to choose from

Adhesives play a critical role in the success of a medical device, whether it’s holding the device together or adhering it to the wearer’s skin. Finding the right technology for your next innovation is no small feat. That’s why we designed a free online product selector tool to simplify and streamline the process. Answer a few questions, get a custom list of adhesive recommendations. You can even select from many languages.

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Imagine the possibilities

For over 50 years, 3M has been a leader in the health care industry. During that time, our advanced technologies have contributed to the creation of more than 10,000 new health care products worldwide. 3M supplies the medical device manufacturing, design and supply industries with a proven line of medical grade tapes, coatings and adhesive technologies, semi-finished components and selected bulk supplies of 3M branded products – all of which are carefully designed to enable the health care innovations of tomorrow.

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Bringing your big idea to market

In today’s increasingly fast-paced medical device marketplace, you need a converter who understands the industry and exceeds expectations. 3M Preferred Converters have certified expertise, backed by a history of 3M quality and innovation. Count on this shared industry knowledge and experience to bring your next big idea to life.

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