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3M Science at the 3M Open

2023 3M Open: Let’s Get Phygital.

Transformative, unstoppable global forces are shaping the world around us. These forces – identified as megatrends – can have far-reaching, disruptive impacts on businesses, economies, industries, societies and individuals that can last for decades. To better understand the source of these trends and their impact around the world, 3M is applying materials science-based innovations at scale to address climate change, demographic swings, social change and the digital revolution.

At this year’s 3M Open, we are focusing on the convergence of the physical and digital worlds – something we refer to as “PHYGITAL”. Attendees who visit our 3M Fan Hub, powered by 3M, will be able to experience this hybrid world where advances in AR/VR, robotics, and automotive experiences are enabling our company to deliver unique, scalable solutions that help improve lives, drive progress and shape our world.

2022 3M Open: What's Next.

At 3M, we innovate in ways big and small, continuously transforming what we deliver and how we drive next-generation ideas forward. At this year’s 3M Open, we’ll be featuring tomorrow’s science, today – showcasing what’s next for the technologies that will help connect, protect, heal and inspire us (BGs). This experience will manifest itself through physical activations, as well as digital content. While we talk of the tournament in terms of 7,200 yards of 3M Science – as made evident by 3M solutions being seen on each golf hole – our primary showcase area is the impressive 50-foot diameter dome: the 3M Science Dome.


3M Science Dome

Housed inside the dome are activations highlighting each of our 3M business groups:

Consumer: Constantly designing new solutions that simplify and reinvent how we live and work

Health Care: Enabling better, smarter, safer healthcare to improve outcomes for everyone.

Safety & Industrial: Driving performance, safety, and reliability to protect people and transform how work gets done.

Transportation & Electronics: Pioneering bold innovations in mobility, electronics and brands that delight and power the world.

From robotics to space travel to digital telemedicine and the future of collaboration, the 3M Science Dome is an immersive experience that is sure to inspire tomorrow’s scientists and consumers.

Of special note, the dome is also home to a 360º video experience, akin to an IMAX theater. Here, content from our business groups, charity partners, customers, and more is displayed in stunning audio and visual quality. The feature piece of content is a 4-minute feature film titled “The Impossible, Possible World.


The Impossible, Possible World.

Experience a 360º journey of sights and sounds about the human experience – how humanity continues to reimagine what’s possible.

 “Everything seems impossible until it’s not. Did you ever think the company that started as a sandpaper company in Two Harbors, Minnesota would be helping make space exploration possible? Let alone that we’d be able to send the heartbeats of those space explorers back down to earth to monitor their health? When we look beyond at what was previously thought impossible, we begin to see a world in which everything is possible. It changes the way we look at the world. Instead of obstacles, opportunities. Roadblocks, new data. The undoable, a chance to roll up our sleeves and get creative. Because there’s always another way. And we’re creating that, today.”

Pocket Josh

The Portable Life Caddie powered by 3M Science

A humorous approach with our 3M Open Ambassador Josh Duhamel highlighting 3M’s 2022 3M Open theme around “What’s Next” for tomorrow’s innovations.

2021 3M Open: Same Science

As the title sponsor, 3M is uniquely qualified to apply our own 3M Science to help keep fans safe at the tournament and enhance the overall guest experience. The same 3M Science highlighted at the 2021 3M Open helped to bring back events, businesses, and what we all missed most: being together. Starting with our partnership with the MN Twins, to our showcase at the 3M Open, and around the globe, 3M Science was at the forefront of helping us all return – to play, to work, to reconnect.

Click HERE to see how 3M keeps fans safe.

2020 3M Open: The Power of Community / The Science of Golf

The Power of Community

Nowhere had the power of community been more evident than in first half of 2020 - during the Coronavirus pandemic.  The selfless dedication of our community members, from first-responders to health care workers to front-line caregivers – and anyone who sheltered at home – powered us to navigate difficult and unusual circumstances. Risking their own safety, these heroes continued to support and protect our communities. For the 2020 3M Open, we’ll not only celebrated the everyday heroes, but gave back to those who gave so much. 

The Science of Golf

With help from 3M Ambassador and Hollywood leading man, Josh Duhamel, we showcased the many 3M solutions that help the golf industry continue to thrive.

The smallest enhancements to tools golfers rely on each round can make a huge difference in elevating their game. Players are asking for enhancements and golf manufacturers are listening. For some, turning to 3M Science has helped deliver longer drives, lower club vibrations and straighter putts that every golfer wants.

Abrasives. Adhesives. Glass Bubbles. These may not be the first things you think of when holding a golf club. But believe it or not, these 3M technologies improve everyday life by helping make cars with smaller carbon footprints and keeping homes cooler on hot, sunny days. The same technologies also help elevate your golf game. 

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