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Learn About Bonding and Joining

Educational Series, Courses, Webinars, Events and Solutions Seminars

Understanding how adhesives and tapes form bonds and the advantages they can bring to your assembly process can help you make the right choices for your projects.

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The Science of Adhesion

Learn more about how bonds form to attach substrates to a tape or adhesive and to each other.

Introductory Topics

  • Image of the cross-section of an adhesive bond
    Adhesion Basics: Introduction to the Science of Adhesion

    Learn the equally essential parts played by Surface Science, Adhesive Chemistry and Joint Geometry in forming a strong bond.

  • Image of a adhesive surface tension
    Surface Science Basics

    Learn about different types of surface, the importance of surface contact and the role surface energy plays in forming a bond.

  • Diagram showing the foundational pillars of adhesion science - surface science, joint geometry, and adhesive chemistry
    Introduction to Adhesive and Tape Chemistries

    Liquid adhesives and the adhesives on tapes can be grouped into families sharing similar characteristics and bonding properties.

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3M™ Simplify Science Podcast

Some things are just easier to stick to – find out why.

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Industrial Adhesives and Tapes – Solutions Seminar

  • Image of a line drawing transitioning to an industrial setting with text “Turn your design vision into reality”
  • Partnership with our customers inspires us to develop product innovations that can help remake the world of making things. Solutions Seminars are in-person or virtual events intended to foster collaboration and dialogue between 3M and your engineering and management teams.

    Before, during and after the seminar, we’ll work side-by-side with your team to understand your design requirements and solve your most challenging applications. When you choose to participate, you get more than in-depth application and product education: you gain access to our global support network of technical experts who share your passion for creating highly functional, innovative products that will set your company apart.

    Contact your 3M Sales Specialist to learn more about Solutions Seminars

Recorded Webinars

  • Video still of a webinar slide discussing the relative benefits of one-part and two-part liquid adhesives and of tapes
    How to Replace Mechanical Attachments with Adhesives in Industrial Applications (1:01:41)
  • Video still of a webinar slide talking about the modulus of adhesives and designing for adhesive joints
    Adhesive Bonding: An Enabling Technology, Increasing Design Options and Product Performance for Lightweighting (21:44)
  • Video still of a webinar slide showing the Pros and Cons of epoxy structural adhesives
    Structural Adhesives vs. Fasteners - What's the Right Choice for Your Application? (1:03:30)

Additional Resources

Find other resources to help you design new products using adhesives technology.

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Need help finding the right product for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist, or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.

Need help finding the right product for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist, or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.