• 3M™ VHB™ Tapes: over 40 years strong

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    Over 40 Years of Enabling Design Innovation

    In its first 40 years, 25 billion feet of 3M™ VHB™ Tape was produced. That's enough tape for 10 trips to the moon and back.

    Over 40 Years and Still Holding Strong

    • 3M introduced 3M™ VHB™ Tapes in 1980 to replace screws, rivets and welds, and it was first used for bonding panels to the frames of ambulances. Rather than bonding at one point or even a series of points, this high-strength bonding tape distributes the stress load across the entire area of the joint. Design Engineers soon found new applications for these remarkable acrylic foam tapes and they are now the bonding solution of choice in a wide variety of industries, from architectural and glass panels on buildings to passenger rail cars and freeway signs to smartphones and other electronics.

      One reason our 3M™ VHB™ Tapes have found so many uses is that we didn’t stop at just one tape. We’ve expanded the base product and added new capabilities so you have a whole family of options to choose from, including:
       

      • 3M™ VHB™ Tape RP family for panel bonding and stiffener and trim attachment
      • Clear 3M™ VHB™ Tapes for joining transparent materials
      • 3M™ VHB™ Tape GPH family for superior temperature performance through high-temp paint and powder coat bake cycles
      • 3M™ VHB™ Tape LSE family designed specifically for bonding low surface energy plastics and allowing bonding at temperatures down to 0°C

      3M™ VHB™ Tapes are also environmentally durable. They withstand both high and low temperatures and temperature cycling as well as UV light, moisture and solvents while maintaining strength and reliability. For over 40 years these tapes have been standing up to harsh conditions on structures around the world as well as on vehicles like rail cars that travel between different climates.

      What will 3M™ VHB™ Tape look like when it turns 50? We don’t know – but rest assured our world-class scientists and engineers are working on it.

      Learn more about 3M™ VHB™ Tapes

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.

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.

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