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Mounting and Attachment

Find out how 3M bonding solutions help eliminate tedious steps for strong, smarter designs.

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Beyond strong, even when bonding dissimilar substrates

Design without barriers with bonding solutions that provide optimal performance in any environment. 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes allow you to achieve a sleek finish for your mounting assemblies and attachments without compromising on strength. Mount small metal components or fix plastic parts securely with just a thin layer of industrial adhesive.

Adaptable to thermal changes and resistant to most solvents, 3M adhesives hold against shear stress and redistribute dead loads along bonded areas for enhanced durability. Eliminate additional steps like fixturing, as adhered parts can be repositioned easily.

Enjoy a seamless design and expand your design capabilities with 3M’s range of bonding and assembly solutions:

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  • Mounting parking sign outdoors on concrete wall.
    Mounting Assembly

    Examples include small signs, mirrors and white boards, and panel-over-panel with partial adhesive coverage.

  • Attaching shiny and modern trims onto glass and metal substrates.
    Trim Attachment

    Decoration or identification added to a surface. Examples included nameplates, edge banding, bezels, rosettes and muntin bars.​

Design Challenges Associated with Mounting and Attaching Parts

    • High-strength bonding
    • Replaces screws, rivets, welds and other mechanical fasteners
    • Pre-apply to trim for production flexibility
    • Ideal for dissimilar substrates
    • Acrylic, epoxy and urethane adhesives
    • Over 1000 psi in overlap shear strength
    • For highest strength, fatigue and environmental resistance
    • Excellent for metal-to-metal bonds
    • One part solvent-free cyanoacrylate (CA) adhesive
    • Reaches handling strength in 5–30 seconds
    • Best for small very tight bondlines (<10 cm )
    • Commonly used on rubbers and plastics
    • 100% solid
    • Thermoplastic resin
    • Reaches bond strength in seconds
    • Best for wood and plastic
    • Single component
    • Hot-applied thermosetting adhesive
    • Immediate strength and holding power
    • Final cured strength over 1,000 psi
    • Best for wood and plastic
    • Strong, yet easily removable fastening
    • Ideal for quick mounting, trimming, or sign installations and change-outs
    • Pressure sensitive adhesive on a liner
    • Lamination by hand or automation
    • Instant adhesion
    • No mess or waste
    • Very thin bond lines
    • Paper, film or tissue carrier
    • Pressure sensitive adhesive on both sides
    • Laminated by hand or automation
    • Can be pre-applied to trim
    • Provides very thin, neat bondlines
    • Special formulations available for LSE plastics

Design Confidently With a Trusted Solution

Create innovative products with precision, speed, and strength. For a bond that lasts, get in touch with our experts to tailor a solution for your assemblies.

Performance factors for mounting and mounting and attaching parts

Industrial adhesives and tapes with the features below are best suited for mounting and fixing small parts:

  • Dead load holding strength
  • Enhances aesthetics
  • Able to reposition during application
  • Fast rate of strength build
  • Requires little or no fixturing
  • Removability after cure

Explore the range of 3M Industrial Tapes and Adhesives to be used in mounting and fixing small parts for your project:

Good = + Better = ++ Best = +++

Rate of strength build Rate of strength build
Shear and peel strength Shear and peel strength
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Suitable for consumer, transport, and construction applications
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Bond strength achieved quickly when exposed to higher temperatures
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Dynamic shear strength is approximately 400 – 700 N/cm3
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Suitable for manufacturing industry
Reach over 1,000 psi of overlap shear stress in less than nine minutes
Holds over 1,000 psi in overlap shear strength
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Suitable for gasket bonding and smaller assemblies
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Reaches handling strength within 45 seconds
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Overlap shear strength is approximately 1,000-2,000 psi

*Adhesive performance is dependent on cure temperature and size of assembly.