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
- Good chemical resistance
- Very low moisture absorption
- Good weather resistance
Common ABS Plastic Applications
- Safety equipment
- Automotive parts
- Machine guards
- Medical equipment
Next time you pick up a plastic item, check the bottom — if its recycle number is a 9, then it contains ABS plastic.