ABS plastic is easily machined, tough, low cost rigid thermoplastic plastic with high impact strength, ideal for injection molding, thermoforming, turning, drilling, milling, sawing, die-cutting, shearing.
ABS plastics are composed of acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene in varying proportions, combined by a variety of methods including graft copolymerization and physical blending. Originally an outgrowth of polystyrene modification, the plastics have long been in a category of their own. ABS plastics provide a balanced combination of mechanical toughness, wide temperature range, good dimensional stability, chemical resistance, electrical insulating properties, and ease of fabrication. ABS plastics are produced in a wide range of grades including medium and high-impact, heat-resistant, plateable fire-retardant, and both low and high gloss varieties. ABS plastics are available as compounds for injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, and calendaring, as sheets for thermoforming or cold forming, and in expandable grades for foam molding.
Applications: ABS applications are extremely broad, falling between commodity plastics and the engineering resins. ABS fills the property requirement for many parts at a reasonable price.