1996

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.

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.