Some materials are harder to bond than others. But with 3M™ adhesive and tape technologies, even many materials once defined as “hard-to-bond,” such as low surface energy plastics, can be bonded with strength greater than the materials being bonded. The list of potential substrates ranges from glass, wood, cardboard, and rubber to steel, concrete, foam, polycarbonate, and just about any other material you can name. Adhesives distribute stress evenly over the entire bonded area. A rivet or screw hole in the substrate concentrates stress at the hole and can decrease physical properties of the substrate. With uniform stress distribution of adhesives and tapes, lighter, thinner materials can be used without concerns about distortion, splitting, or crazing at the mechanically fastened site. Elimination of holes in metal also reduces the chances for rust and corrosion. The flexibility of many 3M™ adhesives and tapes compensates for differences in the coefficients of expansion between such materials as aluminium and wood.
3M offer a wide range of adhesive and tape products that enable customers to design the perfect engineering solution. As a 3M approved distributor for over 50 years, William Hayes Ltd has the knowledge and experience to assist with any product enquiry. If there is a 3M product that you require which is not on our website, please call for current information on pricing and lead times.