Safety Check

—  Read Chapter 5 on health and safety, pay particular attention to hazardous substances and personal protective equipment

—  Read material labels and MSDS for glues and fillers

—  Water-based products are usually safer alternatives

—  Students should be aware of their school policy about materials


Modelmaking makes ample use of gluing as a form of assembly, as it is quicker and easier than most types of mechanical assembly. Gluing is also the basis for the additive modeling approach, where forms are assembled from their basic elements. Selecting the proper glue is a function of both application and material.

Typical Modelmaking Glues

Cyanoacrylate (instant glue) (above) is sold in larger containers ...

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