3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives

  • Obviously structural adhesives need to be strong – but that’s just the beginning. Depending on your specific process and needs you might be looking for shorter or longer open times, low-odor formulations, better environmental exposure performance, sealing properties, flexibility, adherence to specific substrates or any number of other features. At 3M, we know structural adhesives and the many ways they hold the world together, and our adhesives experts are always looking out for the next requirement to meet.

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Chemistries

Each adhesive is unique, but adhesive families tend to share certain characteristics for which they perform well. These are the key characteristics described in the chemistry families below – click the hotspots for a general description, then explore each chemistry to learn more.

  • These two-part adhesives offer great strength and design flexibility.

  • These adhesives provide excellent durability and resistance to environmental extremes.

    One-Part Epoxy

    Two-Part Epoxy

  • These one-part products combine the speed of hot melt adhesives with the structural benefits of moisture-curing chemistries.

  • These formulations are ideal for creating strong, flexible bonds between dissimilar materials.

  • These products provide tight fits and seals in threadlocking, pipe sealing and related applications.

  • These products reach handling strength in 5-10 seconds and achieve extremely high tensile strengths.

  • Core benefits of Structural Adhesives


Material Bonding

Structural adhesives bond dissimilar materials and also provide insulation to resist corrosion when bonding two different metals

Process Efficiency

Different chemistries provide a variety of surface preparation, open time and strength-build times so you can find the best options for your process

Impact Resistance

Depending on the chemistry, structural adhesive bonds provide the strength or flexibility to resist shock, vibration and impact loads

Lightweighting

Adhering to new materials and distributing stress along the entire bond area helps designers use thinner and lighter materials

Innovation in Design

Adhering to new materials and distributing stress along the entire bond area helps designers use thinner and lighter materials

Aesthetics

Structural adhesives provide better product appearance through invisible joints and smooth bond lines

Water Intrusion

Structural adhesives provide a continuous bond line to prevent the migration of fluids, dust and dirt

NVH

Different chemistries offer different advantages for reducing unwanted noise: stiff bonds can resist vibration while flexible bonds can absorb and disperse these energies

Strength

Each chemistry has advantages, but all structural adhesives offer the strength you need without the weight you don’t so you can reduce or eliminate mechanical fasteners

  • Image of shear test equipment behind title “Project IBIS: A Case for Structural Adhesives”

    Project IBIS

    Engineers need to see the data, and even some of our own engineers can be skeptical about the ability of structural adhesives to replace welding or mechanical fasteners. That’s why they designed a test to see for themselves. See what they learned.

  • More information

    Using 3M Structural Adhesives
    Find resources to help you learn more about choosing the right adhesive and prepping the surface, including white papers, videos and webinars.

    Frequently asked questions
    Different customers often bring up similar questions when they work with our adhesive experts. Here are some of the most common ones.

    Find Structural Adhesives tech data
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    More about bonding and joining
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