• Enable Lightweight Design



    What does lightweighting involve and which industries are incorporating it into design?

    What does it involve?

    Change of design and materials with lighter-weight options such as:

    • Polyolefins (polypropylenes)
    • Syntactic foams
    • Thermoplastic composites
    • Composites

    Industry Applications

    • Automotive
    • Aerospace
    • Sporting Goods
    • Transportation
    • Marine
    • Industrial Products

    Bonding Challenges of Lightweighting

    Bonding challenges of lightweighting - bonding dissimilar materials, simultaneously bonding & sealing, noise, vibration & harshness (NVH), thin substrates, thermal expansion capability, and aesthetics

    Mechanical attachments, such as clips or screws, can be used with virtually any surface, but they require time-consuming steps to mold or create features for the attachment. This also can lead to stress concentrations and result in plastic cracking, premature failures, reduced strength in composites (due to matrix discontinuities caused by drilling of holes), increased weight and a less aesthetic finish.

    Heat welding requires large amounts of heat – and can only bond the same materials, such as polypropylene-to-polypropylene.

    Enable lightweight design with Adhesives and Tapes

    "Adhesive bonding is an enabling technology that can give designers and engineers the ability to choose different, lighter materials and combine them in new and innovative ways to assist and create light-weight assemblies."

    Dr. Antonio Pagliuca, 3M Senior Technical Specialist

    • Today’s adhesives and bonding tapes allow robust bonding of many LSE plastics as well dissimilar materials. This allows manufacturers to save valuable time, reduce stress distribution and incorporate lighter and thinner materials. Designs maintain more flexibility and a clean final bond appearance.

    Enable lightweight design with adhesives and tapes - improves productivity, improved design/performance, less environmental impact and design flexibility

Work with 3M to identify design solutions

3M offers a wide range of innovative adhesives that can be selected for optimal bond area and anticipated loadings in joint designs.

Through the 3M IATD TSR Program and the 3M IATD Design Solutions Program, 3M also helps customers by conducting design reviews and identifying the best design solutions.

We are eager to work with you. Please contact us by email to discuss your project or call: 1-800-362-3550.

We are eager to work with you. Please contact us by email to discuss your project or call: 1-800-362-3550.

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