Bondable magnet wire, also referred to as self-bonding magnet wire, is film insulated wire top-coated with a thermoplastic adhesive. When activated, the thermoplastic bonds turn to turn windings to produce self-supporting coils or coils of unusual or difficult configurations. Use of bondable magnet wire may offer advantages over conventional magnet wire in certain winding applications, eliminating the need for bobbins as well as taping or varnishing steps. Activation of the bondcoat may be achieved with either heat, or in some cases solvent, or a combination of the two.
Although bondcoats may be added to any conventional film, consideration should be given to the re-softening temperature of the adhesive in that it may not withstand the operating temperature of the higher rated primary insulations.