3M Bonding Tapes

3M™ Bonding and Assembly Tapes

Bonding and assembly tapes designed by 3M™ are the perfect solution for combining disimilar materials with ease. 

  • Fast and easy-to-use permanent bonding method 
  • Provides high strength and long-term durability
  • Eliminate drilling, grinding, refinishing, screwing, welding and associated clean-up
  • Creates a permanent seal against water, moisture and more
  • Pressure sensitive adhesive bonds on contact to provide immediate handling strength

Assembly Types

The type of assembly you're working with will help determine which tape or adhesive will perform best. Take a look at the six different assembly types shown below to figure out which best fits your application.

Panel-to-frame assemblies occur when decorative or load-bearing panels are applied to a rigid frame for support. Some common examples include construction facades, trailer panels, elevator walls and sign boxes.

Stiffeners are applied to panels to give extra support and rigidity. These are commonly seen in trailer panels, traffic signs and large metal enclosures.

Small joints are typically irregularly shaped with only a small area available for bonding. The smaller, more irregular the joint, the greater the challenge to create a firm hold that can withstand heavy wear. Generally these are insertion or overlap joints, or some combination of the two. They are very prominent in sporting goods, electronics, furniture, motors and electrical components.

Large surface laminations are two surfaces of similar size, either rigid or flexible, bonded together where a majority of one surface is contacting the other. These assemblies are common in transportation, appliances, furniture and construction. They often require full surface attachment, a flexible bond, fast bonding with little or no fixturing and the ability to position parts. The most efficient way of assembling a large surface lamination is with adhesives or tapes.

Mounting and Trim Attachment is the application of a smaller object to a larger surface to add functionality or decoration. These kinds of attachments are common in transportation, appliances, furniture, construction and architecture. They often require dead load holding strength, aesthetics, removability and fast bonding with little or no fixturing.

Gaskets are substrates, typically foam, rubber or paper, that act as an interface or seal between two surfaces. They are found throughout industry, but are especially common in electronics, transportation, fluid handling and appliances. Their assembly requires resistance to a number of fluids, high adhesion to difficult-to-bond surfaces, and fast and easy application.

Sealing

Tape or sealant is applied over a seam to prevent fluid ingress or fluid egress. Examples include roof seams on vehicles, seams on metal enclosures and pipe sealing.

Potting and Encapsulating

Adhesive flows over and around a component or fills in a chamber to protect components therein. Examples include heavy duty electrical cords and connectors, electronics in plastic cases, circuit boards and concrete repair.