Master Bond rapid LED curing adhesive 21 March 2023

The newly released Master Bond LED415DC90 is a one component adhesive system that cures rapidly upon exposure to a 405Nm wavelength LED light source without any oxygen inhibition. Manufactured for a multitude of applications, LED415DC90 offers an alternative to conventional light curing adhesives.

The rate of adhesive curing depends upon the intensity of the light source, the thickness of the adhesive layer and the distance from the light to the adhesive. This Master Bond no-mix system cures rapidly, only requires a post cure with heat and adheres well to both similar and dissimilar substrates. 

“Conventional light curing adhesives do not allow light penetration beyond 1mm. LED415DC90’s key distinguishing factor is its ability to partially cure or fixture up to 6mm deep or in cross sections under LED light at the right intensity,” says Rohit Ramnath, senior product engineer. “That enables a unique practical feature of this product: fixturing of components which are opaque. The mechanism in which this occurs is by allowing the light to penetrate through the adhesive from the sides and not needing light to be exposed throughout the entire areas. It must be noted that post curing with heat at about 95°C for 30 – 60 minutes is critical for enhancing strength and overall performance.” 

LED415DC90 has a thixotropic index of 5.53 at room temperature. It also has a good physical strength profile with a tensile strength of 5,500 psi – 6,500 psi, a tensile modulus of 450,000 psi – 550,000 psi, and a lap shear strength for aluminium to aluminium of more than 1,000 psi.   

This rigid adhesive system cures with a hardness of around 85 – 90 Shore D, with an elongation of 1% – 3% at 75°F (23.8oC). Master Bond states its new adhesive is serviceable from -80°F (-62.2oC) to +350°F (+176.6 oC), it is also electrically non-conductive with a volume resistivity greater than 1014 ohm-cm. LED415DC90 is available in EFD® syringes, in ½ pint, pint and quart containers.

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