Designing beyond the limits of mechanical fasteners

In today’s market, the demand for innovative products and advanced solutions to design and manufacturing limitations has never been higher.

Using mechanical fasteners well is important for any manufacturer. Image courtesy of Flickr - Jaysin Trevino
Using mechanical fasteners well is important for any manufacturer. Image courtesy of Flickr – Jaysin Trevino

The benefits of designing and building products with 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives help to drive product success throughout the manufacturing industry.

One of the most interesting benefits is the ability to eliminate the use of mechanical fasteners such as rivets, screws, bolts, and welds etc.

By using 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives businesses of all sizes are provided with a wide range of benefits for all stages of manufacturing process.

These include :

Advanced Design Solutions: Significantly improved aesthetics: The use of structural adhesives can improve the product’s appearance with invisible joints and smoother bond lines. They can reduce weight and noise as well as enhance corrosion and fatigue resistance, and much more.

Freedom of Design: Structural adhesives provide a multi-material bonding solution. Join composites to metal, build with hard-to-bond plastics, and use thinner gauge, lighter weight materials.

Performance Optimisation: High strength, Flexible Bonds Are Achieved: Adhesives bond and seal simultaneously. They also eliminate stress concentration that is often found when using mechanical fasteners absorbing shock and vibration to give ultimate performance.

Increased Durability: These adhesives offer great resistance to chemicals, environment, galvanic corrosion, fatigue, and material separation along edges or corners.

Improved Efficiencies: Enhanced Processes: Compared to mechanical fasteners, the use of structural adhesives help to reduce labour and material costs. Build faster with minimal surface preparation and match cure rates to your process needs. As a Premier Distributor of 3M™, First Stop Packaging stock a large range of 3M structural epoxy/acrylic/Polyurethane adhesives. All two-part adhesives cure upon mixing the two components with a static mixing nozzle.

Two- part Epoxy adhesives: 3M™ epoxy structural adhesives range have the best overall performance and highest strength. This includes having the best resistance to high temperature, outdoor weathering and solvent resistance, together with the highest tensile strength.

Two-part Acrylic adhesives: also provide excellent bond strength and durability and are a good all-around product. These products bond metals, plastics and composites such as Dibond and Alucobond. The new generation 2K family office the highest performance within the acrylic range, giving very high impact resistance, non-sag controlled bond line and good peel and shear strength.

Two-part Polyurethane adhesives: are great products where strength and flexibility or movement within the joint may be required. They are excellent for applications where high shock loading and/or impact resistance is needed. They are particularly good for bonding different materials to each other where there will be movement/expansion.


If you have any questions about 3M™ Structural Adhesives, get in touch with the friendly team at First Stop Packaging by emailing – enquiries@firststopppackaging.co.uk.