Rigid Substrates: ABS

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Rigid Substrates: ABS provides the optimum balance of tensile impact strengths making it suitable for indoor and extended outdoor applications.

Featuring ease of forming, excellent toughness and rigidity with high impact strength, it is particularly good for products likely to receive abuse in the form of knocks, scuffing and scratching.

ABS sheeting is ideal for POS applications, display units, refrigeration applications, architectural applications, insulation for electrical and electronic devices, cell phone casings, furniture, motor vehicle interior trimmings and fabricated boxes.

Combine the strength and rigidity of acrylonitrile and styrene with the toughness of polybutadiene rubber and you get ABS – a thermoplastic amorphous polymer that is opaque in its natural state. ABS has excellent impact resistance and toughness and is ideal for applications where sturdiness, strength and stiffness is a requirement. ABS also exhibits a strong resistance to corrosive chemicals.

General purpose ABS is relatively low cost and is easy to machine and fabricate. This material is suitable for use in construction or utility
applications and packaging.

Applications Best Suited for ABS Plastic Sheets: 

Automotive Industry
Typically, ABS plastic sheet is used on dashboards, wheel covers, and body parts because of its strength, low temperature resistance, and rugged surface that doesn’t easily scratch.

3D Building Material
Professional 3D printers often use ABS plastic because of its low temperature melting point. 3D printing professionals choose ABS plastic sheet over PLA because PLA has a lower melting point, making it difficult to store in warmer conditions. ABS is also much stronger than PLA plastic and less prone to breakage.

Machine Prototype Construction
Because ABS is easily molded compared to other plastics, it is used to create prototypes, especially in the machining industry. ABS plastic sheets create a clean cosmetic surface for prototypes and are easier to paint than other types of plastic. And, because of its low cost, ABS plastic is more economical for creating temporary prototypes.

Pipes and Fittings
ABS plastic sheet is a better choice for pipes and fittings than other plastics and metal. It’s easier to install, it’s lightweight, and won’t rot, mold, or corrode, especially when used to collect waste. ABS plastic is more durable than PVC and is much more resistant to impact and breakage in low temperature situations.

Vacuum Construction

ABS is one of the best and most popular plastics to use for constructing vacuums and vacuum parts. ABS plastic sheeting creates rigid parts that are much more durable than any other plastic, and can be produced in black, white, and custom colors. ABS plastic sheeting also has a textured haircell finish that hides and resists scratches, allowing it to withstand heavy duty use.

Refrigeration Industry

Keyboard Keys

Power-Tool Housing

Wall Socket Face-Guard