How did we get metals to connect before Superglue

In 1942 the world was forever changed by the invention (albeit accidental) by Harry Wesley Croover Jnr when he discovered superglue. This revolutionised the way in which we were able the get substances to stick together and stay there. It meant that for many technologies quantum leaps could finally be made in production, style and design. What did we do before the invention to get metal to stick together?


One of the best modern ways following on from Croover Jnr’s invention is this type of Metal bonding adhesives developed by CT1. They have refined and developed a product that completely does away with the following methods from the past.

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The first way of getting metal together was the effective but short term solution of simply overlapping metal and riveting it together at the ends. The metal in question was painted so as to provide a skin but invariably, especially with the Ocean going liners of the time, the combination of salt sea water and oxygen created a perfect environment for rust.

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The other way was to weld bits together. This involved the use of super heated solder being poured and set around the bits of metal or the use of a blowtorch to melt both ends connect them and then allow to cool. This created a cleaner connection to stop rust but the highly flammable nature of using a welding torch this meant that it was too inflammable to use for repair work.