When covalent chains of SAN (Styrene-Acrylonitrile Copolymer) link to Polybutadiene chains Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Copolymer us build, short ABS.
This amorph thermoplast contains 15-35 % Acrylonitrile, 5-30 % Butadiene and 40-60 % Styrene. The properties can be greatly influenced by different mixing ratios.

ABS is characterized by its low weight.
The break and impact resistance, as well as high hardness and scratch resistance make it suitable for housings and toys, furthermore mouth pieces of music instruments are build out of it.
Aqueous chemicals can not harm ABS.

The raw material is gray to colorless and can be produced in any color if master batch is used.
ABS can be found primary in the automotive and electrical industry.
Furthermore it is popular for electroplating and thermoformed parts. ABS is also used in 3D printers.

ABS in Injection Molding


Plastic: A scale out of ABS.


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This glossary of plastic industry is provided by PLEXPERT Canada Inc.
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