adhesive (lem) applied on irregular plastic (plastik) parts
Small Joint Assemblies

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

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Improve joint design for striking results

  • From bonding pipes 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 reach high holding power in a short time and can withstand these stresses.

  • pipe bonding (lem pipa) using structural 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.

  • bonding metal and plastic parts with adhesive
  • Bonding dissimilar materials

    Secure joints effectively with our versatile selection of tape and adhesives, designed to bond multiple materials and provide strong adhesion for dissimilar substrates with different surface energies. 

Design confidently with the trusted solution

Streamline your processes and achieve greater cost-efficiency with adhesives and tapes that deliver reliable bonding for any design. Contact our experts to tailor a solution for your assembly needs. 

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

3M tapes and adhesives provide the flexibility and strength for securing insertion or overlap joints for your project. Explore the range below: 

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



Rate of strength build Rate of strength build
Aesthetics Aesthetics

Reaches handling strength in
less than 3 hours (at 24°C)
+ + +

Hold over 1,000 psi in overlap
shear strength

Suitable for manufacturing
+ + +

Reaches handling strength
within 45 seconds
+ +

Overlap shear strength
is approximately
1,000-2,000 psi
+ + +

Suitable for gasket bonding
and smaller assemblies

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

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