Structural Adhesives vs. Fasteners – What’s the Right Choice for Your Application?

This talk will provide a comparison of these two fastening methods and provide a framework to select the appropriate adhesive technology.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsored by: 3M

Webinar Description:
Mechanical fasteners are a known method for joining materials together in a variety of industries. These products have been around for a very long time and come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and options. They are typically rather inexpensive on a piece-part basis and can be fast and simple to use.  However, due to their limitations (such as fatigue performance, leaking, bimetallic corrosion, and appearance) designers are increasingly looking to cut overall costs, increase durability, improve appearance and achieve unique, competitive new designs, especially with modern substrates such as composites. 

Traditional fasteners are challenged when these are the goals.   Adhesives and tapes often provide great options to achieve these goals without sacrificing the strength of mechanical fasteners.  This talk will provide a comparison of these two fastening methods, as well as providing a framework to select the appropriate adhesive technology for an application and a methodology for making the switch from fasteners to adhesives and tapes. 

Webinar Presenter:



Cory D. Sauer
Advanced Technical Service Engineer
3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division