ABS is the acronym for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (which is a lot easier to say and write). ABS is a common thermoplastic polymer which is prized for its toughness and impact resistance.

ABS has excellent machining qualities and comes in a wide variety of grades and colours. This plastic can be injection molded, extruded, molded, pressure formed, sawed, drilled, turned, stamped, milled, etc.

What are the Advantages of Using ABS Plastic?

  • Ease of fabrication and colouring
  • Good electrical properties
  • High impact resistance; tough and rigid
  • Lightweight
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Good weather resistance

Common ABS Plastic Applications

  • Safety equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Machine guards
  • Medical equipment
  • Prototyping

Next time you pick up a plastic item, check the bottom — if its recycle number is a 9,  then it contains ABS plastic.

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