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Superior Bonding. Superior Speed.

Improve productivity and aesthetics while lowering costs and minimizing waste with the 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive System, an environmentally friendly and virtually odorless bonding solution.

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3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives

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    Versatile and Virtually Invisible

    • Handling and moving assemblies almost immediately helps keep production flowing quickly. 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives cool, harden and reach their bond strength within seconds to help speed both production and packaging, and they stick to almost any substrate, including foams, corrugated cardboard, fabrics, plastics, particle board and light-gauge metals. Whether you’re doing detail work or high-volume manual production, 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive Systems provide the combination of adhesives, applicators and accessories you need to give your application a fast, convenient, long-lasting bond.
    • Made for use in 3M handheld applicators, our 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives often exceed 100 psi shear strength for a robust hold you can count on. And in addition to being as strong as mechanical fasteners or sealing tapes, hot melts are virtually invisible to improve the overall aesthetic of the finished item.

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  • 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives are 100% solids thermoplastic resins that liquefy when heated. When applied to a surface they cool, harden and reach their bond strength within seconds. Due to their quick work life you can move assemblies immediately upon application, eliminating the need for clamps, fixturing or additional drying time and energy.

  • Furniture and woodworking with 3M hot melt adhesives applied with hot melt gun.
    Furniture and Woodworking
    • Ideal for common assembly types like small joints, large surface lamination and mounting
    • Applications include Wood-to-wood, Fabric-to-wood, and Wood-to-plastic bonding 

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  • 3M™ Hot Melt Applicators are designed to be easy to use while providing customizable options for your bonding requirements. From detailed work to high-capacity production our applicators are easy to use and help you improve productivity, lower costs and minimize waste.

  • Suitcase and storage assembled with 3M hot melt adhesives applied with hot melt gun.
    Product Assembly
    • Ease of use, speed and flexibility
    • Move assemblies immediately upon application with a quick work life
    • Bond numerous materials (including metal and plastic)
    • Eliminate the need for clamps, fixturing or additional drying time

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  • 3M™ Hot Melt Sprayable Adhesives are fast, effective and especially good for bonding in bulk. Simply spray a controlled pattern of 100% solids adhesive right where you want it on one or both surfaces and bond the substrates immediately. Applications include furniture cushions, foam inserts, modular office panels, gym floor pads and more.

  • Cardboard display and packaging assembled with 3M hot melt adhesives applied with hot melt gun.
    Point-of-Purchase, Displays and Trade Exhibits
    • Quickly and securely bond foam spacers (displays)
    • Ideal for attaching samples like wood flooring, laminates, and more

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    Hot Melt Accessories

    3M™ Hot Melt Accessories provide customizable options to meet your application and assembly needs including bench mounts, foot pedals and other options for easy application plus Quadrack™ converters for greater capacity. Specialty tips such as spreaders, T-tips and extension tips can provide added functionality and precise application to help improve throughput.

  • Cardboard packaging sealed and assembly with 3M hot melt adhesives
    Packaging and Corrugated Carton Sealing
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Works with any size configurations or challenging surfaces quickly and invisibly
    • Bond and seal coated, printed and waxed surfaces
    • Easily attach inserts, including heat-sensitive foam

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  • Interior image of a luxury coach with plush seats and well-lit interior.
    Transportation and Electrical
    • Ideal for fabrics, foams, and plastics
    • Adds stability during assembly, shipping and end use
    • Applications include high-temperature bonding, woven and nonwoven fabrics, foams, plastics, large surface lamination, sealing, potting and encapsulating

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A Hot Melt Adhesive for Every Industry

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    Furniture and Woodworking

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives deliver superior wood-to-wood bonding for woodworking projects as well as fabric-to-wood and wood-to-plastic for furniture making. They're ideal for common assembly types like small joints, large surface lamination, mounting and trim attachments.

    Suggested Adhesives:

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3792 and 3792LM

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    Transportation and Electrical

    For excellence in high-temperature bonding, 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives are ideal for woven and nonwoven fabrics, foams and plastics. They're ideal for common assembly types like large surface lamination, sealing, potting and encapsulating. They can also be used for rigidizing components on printed circuit boards to add stability during assembly, shipping and end use. Sprayable hot melts are available for large surface assembly.

    Suggested Adhesives:

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3748

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 6111HT

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    Packaging and Corrugated Carton Sealing

    Bond and seal any size configuration of corrugated carton quickly and invisibly, especially coated, printed and waxed surfaces that may be difficult for tape to seal. 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives easily attach inserts, including heat-sensitive foam.

    Suggested Adhesives:

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3762 and 3762LM

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    Product Assembly

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives bond to numerous materials, including metal and plastic, for quick and easy assembly. Due to their quick work life you can move assemblies immediately upon application, eliminating the need for clamps, fixturing or additional drying time.

    Suggested Adhesives:

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3764

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3792LM

  • A worker applying hot melt adhesive to a partlyassembled cardboard point-of-purchase display

    Point-of-Purchase, Displays and Trade Exhibits

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives make it easy to quickly and securely bond foam spacers in three-dimensional corrugated cardboard POP displays. They’re also ideal for attaching samples like wood flooring, laminates, foams, fabrics and other materials.

    Suggested Adhesives:

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3762LM

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3792LM


See Hot Melt Adhesives in Action

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    Hot Melt Adhesives Systems (0:46)

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives Systems are easy to load and make it easy to dispense a variety of strong adhesives precisely and evenly to help improve productivity and minimize waste.

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    3M™ Sprayable Hot Melt Adhesive 6111 Product Demo (0:52)

    Watch a demonstration of how easy it is to apply 3M™ Sprayable Hot Melt Adhesive 6111 and learn some of the benefits it provides, such as immediate strength and application to one or both surfaces.

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    Sprayable Hot Melt Adhesive Equipment & Application Introduction (2:47)

    Learn the benefits and advantages of sprayable hot melt adhesives and see common applications and typical markets, plus a brief look at several accessory options.


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