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Light-Cure Adhesives

Robert P. Jackson, PE

The course on Light-Cure Adhesives will introduce the student to a method of obtaining extremely rapid cure times for adhesive materials. These materials react to UV and visible light in a fashion that can provide a permanent “set” in less than a minute. Curing in the presents of UV light has been usable technology for quite some time but the development of materials that will cure when subjected to visible light are fairly new to the adhesive industry. These materials react differently than other adhesives material classifications. We will explore the chemical mechanism by which this is possible as well as 1.) Mechanical characteristics, 2.) Material categories, 3.) Equipment necessary to project light on the substrates, 4.) Applications, 5.) Benefits and 6.) Safety aspects of the light cure process. We also will take a quick look at those vendors selling into the marketplace and specialty materials available for difficult jobs. When completed, the student will have a working knowledge of light cure adhesives and will be able to talk intelligently with vendors and professionals in the adhesive field.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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