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Instant Adhesives

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Incredible strength incredibly fast

  • Instant adhesives are cyanoacrylates and as the name suggests, they cure very rapidly. Instant adhesives are one-part products that cure by reacting with moisture. These reactions proceed so quickly that they require very little clamping time, reaching handling strength in a matter of seconds.

    Instant adhesives are designed for processes with high strength requirements for a small bond area, tight-fitting joints, and a need for rapid curing. Different formulations are able to bond to many different materials including metals, leather, paper, elastomers, engineered plastics and some LSE plastics.


  • Discover the Important Attributes of Instant Adhesives


  • Strength

    Instant adhesives provide strong bonds on tiny surfaces areas such as jewelry or electronics

    Bonding

    Different formulations make instant adhesives a match for a wide variety of substrates including plastics, rubbers and metals

    Process Efficiency

    Less than a minute to reach holding strength means parts can move rapidly to the next processing stage

    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

    NVH

    Stiff bonds resist vibration and reduce opportunities for loose parts to make unwanted noise

    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

    Innovation in Design

    The ability of structural adhesives to bond a wide variety of substrates allows the freedom to design for the best materials available

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    • Explore Instant Adhesive Products

      3M offers both traditional high-heat one-part epoxies and newer formulations that cure at relatively lower temperatures. Explore more options to find the best one for your product and process.

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