Consumers want products with great aesthetics and compact design but they also demand that they be tougher and more durable. Manufacturers seek to meet those demands but also reduce production costs without compromising quality and design. Adhesives offer solutions that meet all these needs in products as diverse as consumer electronics, cars, airplanes, and even golf clubs.
Toughened epoxies with a rubbery component are among the products that make this possible. They help to absorb the shock of impact, reducing stress on the materials they bond together. The result is an extremely high sheer and peel strength. For example, 3M’s Golf Club glue tolerates a force of 3,460 pounds or more. Without a toughened epoxy adhesive, the golf club would crack.
The same is true of the adhesives that are used in aircraft wings, composite automotive drive shafts and mountain bikes. Not only do epoxy adhesives make these stronger, but they allow designers to streamline the aesthetics and make them more lightweight. Manufacturers save money through increased production line efficiency from the increasing use of these innovative adhesives.