1. Built to Bond

What happens when you disrupt the boundaries of design and engineering? Industrial adhesives and tapes are put to the ultimate test.


As a design engineer, you’re always looking for solutions that meet both functional and aesthetic needs. But you might not be aware of all the bonding products available for securing joints.

Enter our Disruptive Design Challenge (DDC). We tasked four college engineering undergraduate teams to design and build emergency delivery containers. But there was a catch! Each container needed to overcome current limitations associated with airdrops. That meant securing them enough to survive impact, preventing the ingress of water, being light enough to transport by hand and more. Tapes and adhesives were key to successfully solving those extreme problems.

No matter how simple or complex your design challenge is, learn how you can meet bonding goals similar to each of the Disruptive Design Challenge teams.


  • Bonding dissimilar materials

    Your imagination is a powerful tool, so why should traditional mechanical fasteners hold you back? To enable innovative designs and prevent corrosion, DDC teams were given 3M™ VHB™ Tape 5952. This fast and easy-to-use permanent bonding method provides high strength and long-term durability. It’s commonly used to attach decorative material to trim and much more.

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  • Waterproof bonds

    Whether your design needs to function on dry land, at sea–or both–you will need a versatile bonding solution. To prevent water from damaging each container’s payload, DDC teams were supplied with 3M™ Marine Adhesive Sealant 4000 UV. This one-part adhesive sealant is well-suited for marine applications above or below the waterline. Use this product for stanchion supports and more.

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  • Bonds that sustain impact

    Looking for a heavy-duty solution that resists abrasions and breaks? DDC teams were given Scotch® Filament Tape 880 to distribute stress evenly across bonds and ensure each container could withstand rough shipping and handling conditions. This sturdy tape dispenses easily without curling for easy application, and its multi-layer synthetic-rubber adhesive system prevents delamination. The product can be used in applications such as pipe and conduit bundling, to high-strength reinforcing and beyond.

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  • Lightweighting solutions

    Are you looking for a thinner bonding solution than a mechanical fastener? To reduce both product weight and energy usage, DDC teams were supplied with 3M™ Super 77™ Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. It provides professional, industrial strength for demanding applications with plastic, metal, wood, etc. One of the most common ways to use this is by bonding thin films, foils and fabrics.

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Still curious? Discover how adhesives can improve joint design.