Advanced materials and assembly techniques provide real-world solutions in automotive. What are the toughest challenges in automotive?

Applications in the automotive market range from automotive to heavy truck to rapid transit. In each of these areas, there are specific requirements for expert material suppliers and converters to design and produce innovative product solutions. An Advanced Assembly approach takes all factors into consideration from design, to adhesives and materials selection, to testing and final assembly.

To meet the evolving challenges of the automotive market, 3M offers the latest in materials and adhesives to address buzz, squeak, and rattle (BSR), tapes for attachment, thermal management materials, and surface protection films.

Partnered with world-class suppliers like 3M, Fabrico and Light Fabrications can ensure that the final converted product meets specifications.

Forum Leaders

  • Jamie Cucinelli

    Jamie Cucinelli

    Marketing & Sales Manager Light Fabrications, A Division of EIS To read Jamie's opening, click here
    1. Advanced Assembly considers all factors involved in designing a product, from material and adhesive selection, to prototyping and final assembly. This process ensures that the end-product has been designed for real-world manufacturability, maximum speed to market, and all possible cost savings. For transportation applications in particular, the Advanced Assembly process includes critical steps to ensure that the end product meets stringent requirements. These steps include: improving product design by listening to the customer’s specifications; selecting cost-effective materials that have been tested and approved by the OEM; choosing the right adhesive; testing the materials and adhesives; creating accurate functional prototypes; manufacturing, printing, and labeling; and kitting and packaging. Combining an Advanced Assembly approach with the right adhesives and materials for the application will: enhance the overall product – looking closely at material components that add value and performance; create manufacturing efficiencies that are scalable for mass production; ensure quality through testing and prototyping; eliminate assembly labor and costs.

  • Wally Forstrom

    Wally Forstrom

    Account Executive 3M Industrial and Transportation Business To read Wally's opening, click here
    1. For transportation, there are several categories of materials and adhesives that offer solutions to some of the most common application challenges in Transportation. These include: attachment tapes; gasket and sealing tapes; tapes for buzz, squeak, and rattle; re-closable fasteners; acoustic insulation; performance labels; surface protection films; and thermally conductive materials. At 3M, most of the adhesive and material solutions we offer for Transportation applications come in the form of 3M acrylic foam tape. Tapes offer advantages over mechanical fasteners in that they have unique stress relaxation properties, help prevent part loosening and vibration, preserve warranties, and provide an aesthetically pleasing result. Combined with an Advanced Assembly approach from an experienced converter like Fabrico or Light Fabrications, 3M adhesives and materials help solve the unique challenges of the Transportation market.

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  1. I repair cordless tool batteries and need an insulation material both thermal and electrical to sandwich the battery cells. Any idea where I can locate what I need please?

    by Rob Stewart on July 23, 2013 at: 8:16 pm
  2. I repair cordless tool batteries and need an insulation material both thermal and electrical to sandwich the battery cells. Any idea where I can locate what I need please?

    by Rob Stewart on July 23, 2013 at: 8:16 pm
  3. Hello, I need to re-attach a rear glass window to a canvas convertable top on my Volvo C70, will 3M VHB tape work and will I have to coat the canvas first?. Thanks, Dexter

    by Dexter on March 1, 2013 at: 12:07 pm
  4. I need to bond an EPP molded foam block to the e-coated metal interior of a door panel, and the tape needs to be 3 mm thick. We’ve tried acrylic foam tapes, but they don’t bond well to the EPP foam. Can you create a double-coated tape that will stick well to both surfaces?

    by T. Fuller on February 15, 2013 at: 12:06 pm
    • I think we can help you out with an existing automotive tape. Please contact me at, or select the ask an engineer button at the top of the screen and one of our engineers will contact you about this application.

      by jeremy cooler on March 7, 2013 at: 8:42 am
  5. When I’m applying tape, are there any specific pressures or temperatures that are recommended?

    by Sean Coats on February 12, 2013 at: 12:02 pm
    • Sean-
      In order to get good adhesion you need good “wet out”, basically you need the adhesive to flow into all the microscopic peaks and valleys of a surface. In order for the tape to wet out fully, you need to ensure 100% contact to the surface. A good rule of thumb is to apply about 15psi of pressure to the tape you have applied. On thick foam tapes, this can be done with a j-roller (laminate countertop roller), thinner tapes you can use a tape wipe or run your finger over the tape to ensure good contact. As far as temperature is concerned in tape application, the warmer it is the faster the tape can wet out and get to full strength. At room temperature most acrylic tapes get 90% of their strength in the first few hours and get to full strength in 72 hours. The warmer it is the faster it wets out. If it is too cold the tape will not wet out adequately and the bond will be compromised. As long as you have good contact between the tape and substrate, it will wet out once you get in the room temperature range. I would be happy to help you determine the best application methods for your project. You can e-mail me at or click the ask an engineer button on the top of the page.

      by jeremy cooler on March 6, 2013 at: 7:14 pm
  6. What should be done to the surface of a material to prepare it for tape application?

    by Sam on January 28, 2013 at: 2:25 pm
    • For most common web applications, HSE (high surface energy) and LSE (low surface energy) adhesives are readily available as options, depending upon the type of substrate used and adhesion (peel) force required. However, for difficult to bond LSE materials, surface treatment may be necessary to modify the surface energy of the web. A very common treatment used in the web converting industry is corona treatment, sometimes called ar plasma treatment. Plastics, such as polyethylene and polypropylene, have non-porous surfaces with low surface tension, causing bonding challenges with adhesives and printing inks. Surface treatment, such as corona treatment, modifies surfaces to improve adhesion. Corona treatment can also be used on injection and blow molded parts. Other surface treatment technologies available include flame plasma and chemical plasma, depending upon the bonding requirement.

      by Tesfaye Leta on February 1, 2013 at: 10:17 am
  7. I have an intricate die-cut design, but it’s a low volume quantity. I don’t want to invest in tooling. Is there a way to cut parts that doesn’t require me buying expensive die-cutting tools?

    by Tim on January 28, 2013 at: 9:44 am
    • In general, the intricacy, size, tolerance of the design, and type of material in the design drives the manufacturing process and tooling used. Those in turn determine cost. However, if the design material can be laser cut, laser cutting is the best choice for converting intricate parts at low volume. Flex die tooling can also be a cost effective alternative for low volume die cutting, provided that the design material has a lower yield point, such as plastics and foils. Another cost effective die cut tool is a steel rule die whether high or low volume. However, in general steel rule dies have wider process tolerance and accuracy.

      by Tesfaye Leta on February 1, 2013 at: 10:59 am
    • Tim,

      Some of our high production equipment requires tooling however, we have sophisticated laser equipment that we use for prototyping and small run quantities. Please e-mail me at, or hit the ask an engineer button on the top right of the screen and we can take a look at the specifics of your project.

      by jeremy cooler on March 6, 2013 at: 6:26 pm