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3M 8172

Optically clear adhesive

About 3M 8172

3M 8172 is an optically clear laminating adhesive with superior clarity that is designed to bond smooth or textured transparent substrates.

This material is a 2 mil thick (50 microns) acrylic adhesive on a 2 mil (50 microns) thick polyester release liner.

3M 8172 optical clear adhesive is used to adhere to transparent substrates without any distortion of clarity. This clear film is used in many industries including electronics, medical, appliance, specialty vehicle, and general industrial.

Applications & Use Cases

  • Touchscreen Bonding
  • Transparent Graphic Overlays
  • Projection Screens
  • Avionics and Military Displays
  • Optical Management Films for LCD Screens
  • Much More

3M 8172 is contaminant-free, inspected for bubbles, dirt, gels and other optical distortions. This material has an operating temperature range -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit with no significant change in transmission over the visible spectrum. 3M 8172 can withstand temperatures as high as 350 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time. Testing on this material has also shown no adverse effects on the bond strength when submerged in water and it also features humidity and UV resistance.

Converting 3M 8172

3M 8172 can be easily die cut and converted in a cleanroom environment into custom formats depending on your needs.


Strouse can slit rolls of optically clear film to custom widths. This provides you tape in the exact width you need for your task at hand. No excess or waste and no more using rolls that are too large and bulky or too small to get the job done. 

Die Cutting:

This is the process of cutting a wide roll of optically clear adhesive into a custom shape or usable part for your process. Parts can be cut into different formats to fit seamlessly into your assembly.

Individual pieces  Optically clear films can be laminated with liner on the adhesive leaving no exposed adhesive. This means that when parts are die cut they are provided as individual pieces that can be placed inside a bag.  
Sheeted Parts – Some assembly processes require multiple shapes or parts of the same material. This is where sheeted parts come in handy. Multiple parts can be cut onto a single sheet ensuring that your employees will use all of the required parts during assembly. This reduces error in your process as well as the potential for product failure.
Die Cut Parts on a Roll– This is our most popular format for providing die cuts. Custom cut parts can be provided on a liner in the form of a rolled good. This allows for hundreds or thousands of parts to fit on a single roll. This makes application of die cut parts easy and efficient as parts can be removed from the roll and the next part is ready to be peeled and placed.
Tabs or Extended Liners

Die cut solutions are great for hand assembly or automated processes but sometimes removing the backing from an adhesive die cut can be difficult. Strouse simplifies this process by adding a tab to the part or extended liners that make it easy to remove the liner and place the adhesive. Liners can also be split backed saving your assembly team the frustration of removing thin liners while saving you time and money in the process.

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