3M moves into multilayer optical film technology with its 3M™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Film.
The innovations use polymer chemistry to manage light and result in brighter computer, cellphone, and TV screens; sun blocking in automotive glass; and reflectors for more efficient solar light.
The enhancement film is made by etching thousands of prisms into clear film. Those prisms focus light toward the viewer, with one layer resulting in a 50 percent increase in brightness.
3M introduces its popular line of Command™ adhesive products, including hooks, clips, poster strips, and picture hangers.
The adhesive is a synthetic rubber resin that allows people to organize and decorate spaces without damaging them.
3M develops the 3M™ Scotchprint™ Printer 2000.
The large-format color graphics printer produces an 8-feet by 10-feet display in two minutes. In less than 20 minutes, it can produce graphics to cover a semi-trailer.