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Weight Reduction

Replace heavy steel parts with lighter weight aluminum, composite or plastic parts. Further reduce weight, cost and labor while increasing design flexibility and attractiveness by replacing welding, riveting and mechanical fasteners with a broad array of reliable 3M adhesives and bonds.

3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Epoxy Adhesive EC-2216

3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Epoxy Adhesive EC-2216

Bonding, joining, attaching, assembling, repairing, crack filling, anchoring, encapsulating, potting and sealing

Lightweight Choices for Heavy Duty Jobs

Increase design flexibility with bonding and joining alternatives that really stick.

Joining materials with 3M™ VHB™ Tape creates a virtually indestructible "weld" that spreads stress across the entire length of the joint. 3M™ VHB™ Tapes weigh less than traditional rivets, screws and other fasteners, but they also won’t rattle or leak. When you need a less permanent solution, 3M™ Reclosable Fasteners also save weight. Choose from a wide range of holding strengths and adhesive backings to match your surfaces, substrates and stresses. Lose the screws, nuts, bolts, snaps, latches, nails, zippers, clasps, wingnuts, welds and more with 3M products that:

  • Bond to many surfaces, even LSE plastics
  • Perform in hot, cold, wet, sunny and dry environments
  • Maintain surface integrity with no holes to invite moisture, corrosion or dirt
  • Stick as quickly and easily as tape; no special tools
  • Eliminate drilling, screwing, tightening, sewing or other complex processes

Save Fuel with Lightweight Parts

Engineered additives create lightweight, high-performance parts, paints and coatings.

One key to using less energy and oil is reducing the weight of vehicles, ships and aircraft. At 3M, we balance strength and weight in many of the products we make—from coatings and sealants to fasteners and binders. For example, using 3M™ Glass Bubbles as an additive in components, such as bumpers and trim parts, can help reduce component weight up to 30%. By reducing the weight of transport methods and the loads they carry, 3M products can help customers to:

  • Reduce emissions
  • Improve insulation
  • Increase performance and speed
  • Decrease vibration and stress
  • Enhance design flexibility
  • Meet dimensional tolerances
  • Gain better fuel economy
  • Extend ranges

Contact 3M for Faster, Stronger Solutions that Reduce Weight

3M may be able to help you make your products lighter and stronger while improving your processing. Contact 3M Defense for more information about adapting 3M weight reduction products to your needs.

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