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Small Joint Assemblies

Discover how 3M adhesives provide a reliable hold without screws or rivets for unlimited design possibilities.


Improve Joint Design for Striking Results

  • From bonding joints to securing small metal brackets, create lasting bonds that withstand heavy wear with industrial adhesives and tapes. Unlike traditional fasteners which can leave punctures and marks, 3M bonding solutions provide high-strength, invisible bonds that fill gaps and tight, irregularly shaped spaces for a lighter, more aesthetically pleasing product design. They also enhance common metal joint assemblies such as lap, corner and butt joints, distributing multi-directional stresses effectively for greater strength.

    Explore how 3M bonding and assembly solutions are engineered to simplify your joint assemblies:

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Design Challenges Associated with Small Joint Assemblies

  • peel and cleavage stresses


  • Bond Strength

    Small joints experience forces from multiple directions. Easy-to-dispense high strength tapes and adhesives reaches a high holding power in a short time and can withstand these stresses.

  • joining small parts using adhesives
  • Joining Irregular, Small Shapes Efficiently

    Low-viscosity adhesives and easy-to-cut tapes can fit and fill the gaps and crevices to form a strong bond.

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 Small Joint Assemblies

Bonding and assembly solutions with the features below are best suited for small joint assemblies:

  • Low-viscosity liquids for tight-fitting parts
  • Vibration resistance
  • Very high strength
  • Ability to bond dissimilar materials

Explore the range of 3M Industrial Tapes and Adhesives to be used in insertion or overlap joints for your project:

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Rate of strength build Rate of strength build
Temperature and solvent resistance Temperature and solvent resistance
Reaches handling strength in less than 3 hours (at 24°C)
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Hold over 1,000 psi in overlap shear strength
Suitable for manufacturing industry
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Reaches handling strength within 45 seconds
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Overlap shear strength is approximately 1,000-2,000 psi
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Suitable for gasket bonding and smaller assemblies

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