3M Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives

 

Using 3M Scotch-Weld™ structural adhesives in place of mechanical fasteners gives you more design flexibility and provides many benefits to your production process. There are four main adhesive chemistries suitable for replacing traditional joining methods. Acrylic adhesives are best used for bonding metal and plastics while providing high impact resistance. Epoxy adhesives are the most flexible, offering superior vibration and environmental resistance compared to other chemistries. Urethanes offer quick cure speeds and are best for bonding dissimilar materials. Cyanoacrylate instant adhesives bond to the widest range of substrates, come in a variety of viscosities, and have the fastest cure speeds.

When choosing your adhesive there are many factors to consider such as what substrates are being bonded, cure speed desired, type of joint, stresses, and how the adhesive will be applied.

 

Benefits of Structural Adhesives

  • High strength, flexible bonds

  • Increased durability

  • Reduce labor and increase productivity

  • Easy and accurate dispensing

  • Improve aesthetics

  • Design flexibility

Substrates

  • Metal

  • Plastic, paints, and coatings

  • Rubber

  • Composites

  • Concrete, ceramic, and glass

  • Wood

  • Electronics potting

Markets

  • Aerospace

  • Appliance

  • Electronics

  • Metalworking

  • Signage

  • Specialty vehicle

  • Sporting goods

 

 

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Product Categories

 

Acrylic Adhesives

Acrylic

Used for bonding low surface energy plastics, metals, and replacing welding, screws, and rivets.

Top Products:
DP8005 Off-White
DP8010 Blue
DP8010NS Blue
DP8410NS Green

Epoxy Adhesives

Epoxy

Epoxies offer high shear strength, flowability and environmental resistance when bonding metals and plastics.

Top Products:
DP100 Clear
DP125 Gray
DP270 Black
DP405 Black
3501 Gray

Instant Adhesives

Instant Adhesives

These cyanoacrylates have very fast setting times and are used for bonding metal, rubber, and plastics.

Top Products:
CA4 Clear
CA40 Clear
CA40H Clear
CA8 Clear
SF100 Clear

Urethane

Urethane

Used for bonding to painted or primed metals and plastics while offering impact resistance and non-sagging properties.

Top Products:
DP605NS Off-White
3532 A/B Brown
3535 Off-White
3549 Brown

 


 

3M Dispensing Equipment

3M offers both manual and pneumatic hand-held dispensers for low to high volume applications. They can be used with 37 mL up to 490 mL cartridges with mix ratios of 1:1, 2:1, 2:3, and 10:1. Various static mixing nozzles are also available.

 

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