Bonding ideas with practical solutions: epoxy adhesives.

November 20, 2016 3M Canada

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Today’s competitive manufacturing landscape demands designs that are efficient and cost effective, but also modern and aesthetically pleasing. How do you deliver on both?

Structural epoxy adhesives, such as the 3M™ Structural Two-Part Epoxy Adhesive, can be an effective way to modernize your product design without compromising the quality and durability.

What is an epoxy adhesive?

Like other structural adhesives, epoxy adhesives help create bonds with load-bearing capabilities. Compared to other types of structural adhesives, they generally have the highest strength and overall performance, and provide the best resistance to high temperatures, solvents and outdoor weathering.

Epoxy adhesives adhere well to metals, woods and concrete. Flexible formulations also bond to some plastics and rubbers. They create the strongest bonds on clean, abraded surfaces.

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Why consider an epoxy adhesive?

Traditional fasteners, like rivets, welds and screws, can be prone to stress fractures and corrosion – especially when bonding dissimilar materials. They can also leave unsightly pocks and visual disruptions. This limits your choice of materials and design.

Epoxy adhesives can help you capitalize on design trends without compromising on durability.

  1. Lightweight, sophisticated materials: To reduce the weight of vehicles and equipment, and lower energy and fuel consumption costs, many manufacturers are gravitating towards lightweight materials like composites or aluminum. While these materials are generally incompatible with rivets and screws, epoxy adhesives can help create and maintain an effective bond – without limiting your design.
  2. Beautiful, unhindered designs: Traditional fasteners can distract from your carefully designed product by causing visible disruptions. Epoxy adhesives, on the other hand, help create an invisible bond that looks great without sacrificing performance. They can also reach areas traditional fasteners can’t which helps broaden the design scope and level of sophistication.
  3. Repeated product performance: Flexible epoxy adhesives are known for withstanding repeated stress and vibration. Toughened epoxies are fatigue resistant, designed to withstand the frequent, high impact seen in high style industries like aerospace, transportation, and even sporting goods.

Find out if an epoxy adhesive is right for you

Details matter when you’re working to gain market share, but the weight of design and assembly choices can be heavy. Don’t let rivets and welds hold you back.

No matter what you’re building, learn how 3M can support you.

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