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Small Joint Assemblies

Holds reliably without screws or rivets.


Improve joint design for striking results

  • Design and build beyond the limitations of traditional fastening methods. Screws, rivets, and welding can leave punctures and marks that affect the product design. Apart from aesthetics, mechanical fasteners could affect the joint strength when it is exposed to tensile, compression, and shear stresses. Industrial tapes and adhesives provide high strength invisible bonds which fill gaps, tight spaces and even bonds irregular shapes that outmatch mechanical fasteners. They enhance common joint assemblies such as lap joints, corner joints, and butt joints by improving the strength against multidirectional stresses.

    Explore how 3M bonding and assembly solutions are engineered for strength in your joint assemblies:

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Design challenges associated with small joint assemblies

  • How 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives improve design and durability of PDG Mobility wheelchairs


  • Lightweighting

    Streamline modern assembly and eliminate the added weight of screws and rivets with 3M bonding and assembly solutions. Apply a thin layer of industrial adhesives or a thin double-sided tape for a sleek and lighter product.

  • 3M Bonding and Assembly Solutions are Beyond Strong
  • Bonding dissimilar materials

    3M Industrial Tapes and Adhesives bonds and seals in a single step to prevent moisture seepage while allowing for thermal expansion of different materials without damaging the surface.

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

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Break the barriers of mechanical fasteners

Create innovative designs with confidence. Regardless of industry, application, or substrate, 3M offers a wide range of products that meet your bonding needs.