3M™ VHB™ Tape Connector Parts
3M approached PGC with a fantastic idea: Let’s make a scooter assembled and held together exclusively with 3M™ VHB™ Tape. The scooter would showcase the strength and versatility of 3M VHB Tape, eliminating the need for mechanical fasteners. The scooter parts would be sent worldwide in DIY kits, inviting people to experience the ease of use and practicality of 3M VHB Tape, inspiring them to create new applications for the high-strength, flexible foam adhesive.
When 3M asked PGC to partner on the project, 3M had already designed and manufactured the eight metal, plastic, and wood composite scooter parts. PGC was challenged to:
With 3M, PGC engineers created a series of 3M VHB Tape parts to connect the eight previously manufactured scooter parts. In developing each 3M VHB Tape piece, PGC had to think beyond the manufacturing stage to consider application and assembly. For example, customers familiar with 3M VHB Tape might be able to peel away the liner without damaging the tape. But the goal was to make the scooter easy for anyone to assemble. To accomplish this, PGC added tabs to the liner of each 3M VHB Tape part.
To highlight the visible 3M VHB Tape on the standing deck and handlebar stem, PGC cut through the red liner but not the material, leaving behind a sleek 3M logo.
3M came to PGC with a vision, and PGC helped bring it to life. The finished scooter is everything 3M hoped it would be: impressively engineered, visually striking, and easy for users to assemble. It’s also a powerful marketing tool for inspiring new 3M VHB Tape uses.Download this case study