Choosing the Correct Electronics Adhesive for Your Project
To select the right product for your needs, start by determining the types of materials you’ll be working with and the logistics of your project. To help ensure the quality and durability you demand, be picky about where you buy your adhesive and related electronics components.
Avoid Trial and Error with Electronics Adhesive
You can play around with all kinds of electronics components without doing any real damage. With adhesives, however, that’s not the case.
Using the wrong adhesive can ruin costly components, translating to higher project costs and extra time you may not have to give. What’s worse is if you don’t realize you’ve chosen the wrong electronics bonding agent until days or weeks later when your device fails.
This means you must choose the right product the first time. But if you’ve shopped for electronics adhesives, you know you’ll have to weed through dozens or even hundreds of choices.
So how can you determine which product is right for your needs?
Key Questions for Selecting an Electronics Adhesive
To choose the right adhesive for your electronics project, start by identifying the type(s) of material you need to bond. Most components are fabricated from plastic or metal; however, you may be working with glass, ceramic, rubber or a composite. Also determine whether you will have to prepare the components in some way, such as with chemical etching.
Next, determine how much time you need to get the components in place. In other words, will you have to move the parts around to get them into the right spot after placing them? If so, an instant bonding adhesive is probably not what you want.
Next, determine next how you plan to cure your bond. Some electronics adhesives require UV light to cure. Most work with a thermal cure process, either at ambient temperature or through the application of heat.
Finally, determine how long you need your bond to last and the conditions your project will endure. This includes everything from temperature exposure to the amount and type of stress your bond will endure.
Where to Purchase Electronics Adhesives
You can purchase bonding agents through a variety of e-commerce sites, but it can be difficult to know what you’re getting. However, specialty bonding products can be difficult to find at local stores, especially if you live in a rural area or small community.
If you plan to purchase your bonding agents online, choose a reputable electronic components distributor that carries brands you know and trust.
Kimball Electronics Inc. offers a variety of adhesives for use in electronics projects and related applications, including 3M and Loctite products. We offer silicone sealant adhesive, two-part epoxy glue, electronic-grade silicone adhesive sealant, epoxy putty, and cement designed to affix rubber to metal. We also offer epoxy applicator kits and adhesive prep products for your convenience.
Visit Kimball Electronics in Salt Lake City, Utah, or Boise, Idaho, or shop our online site, which offers all of the electronics adhesives and components you need for your projects.