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A tape dispenser is an object that holds a roll of tape and has a mechanism at one end to shear the tape. Dispensers vary widely based on the tape they dispense. Abundant and most common, clear tape dispensers (like those used in an office or at home) are commonly made of plastic, and may be disposable. Other dispensers are stationary and may have sophisticated features to control tape usage and improve ergonomics.
An adhesive, also known as glue, is a material, typically liquid or semi-liquid, that adheres or bonds items together. Adhesives come from either natural or synthetic sources. The types of materials that can be bonded are vast but adhesives are especially useful for bonding thin materials. Adhesives cure (harden) by either evaporating a solvent or by chemical reactions that occur between two or more constituents. Adhesives are useful for joining thin or dissimilar materials, minimizing weight, and providing a vibration-damping joint. A disadvantage of most adhesives is that most do not form an instantaneous joint, unlike many other joining processes, because the adhesive needs time to cure. The earliest known date for a simple glue is 200,000 BC and for a compound glue 70,000 BC.
Glue Office - for general office and home use
Glue sticks are solid adhesives in twist or push-up tubes. The user can apply glue by holding the open tube, thus keeping their fingers clean. Because of their ease of use, and their economic value, glue sticks are a popular school and office supply.
For many centuries animal glue, especially hide glue, was the primary adhesive of choice for a great many types of woodworking - furniture, lutherie, et cetera. It is manufactured from rendered collagen from the skins (hides) of animals. It is chemically similar to edible gelatin and is non-toxic if ingested. Hide glue is still used today in specialized applications: musical instruments (lutherie), for replica furniture, and for conservational-grade repairs to antique woodwork.
Mounting Squares or Tape - clear, removable adhesive for mounting photos, posters, artwork or papers on walls, office cabinets, refrigerators, windows, etc.
A rubber-like temporary adhesive that is water resistant, and can be used in temperatures from -30C to 100C. It can be used to secure things in place, such as pieces of paper on walls or fridge doors.
Spray adhesive is an adherent delivered in droplet form. There are many kinds, to meet the needs of many different applications. Spray adhesive can often be substituted for white glue, hot glue, tape, and other adhesives, as long as the materials to be bonded are taken into account. In making a choice of spray adhesive, it is important to note how quickly it bonds, and whether the bond is permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary. Tack is another important characteristic to consider when choosing spray adhesive for a particular application. Tack is how sticky an adhesive is. High tack means that the mounting adhesive will grip nearly instantly, while low-tack adhesive is able to be repositioned and a good choice for layouts and other exploratory projects.
Superglue is a cyanoacrylate substance known as ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate, which is generally sold around the world as instant adhesive mostly under the name of 'Superglue'. It was first discovered by Harry Coover from Kodak during the World War II while he was trying to make gun-sight lenses out of it, although he never succeeded due to the sticky nature of the compound. More than five decades ago, cyanoacrylates were first used to create the instant adhesive we now call superglue and that was back then commercialized under the name of 'Flash Glue'.