ABS or Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is a common thermoplastic polymer typically used for injection molding applications. This engineering plastic is popular due to its low production cost and the ease with which the material is machined by plastic manufacturers. Better yet, its natural benefits of affordability and machinability do not hinder the ABS material’s desired properties:
Structural Strength and Stiffness
Excellent High and Low Temperature Performance
Great Electrical Insulation Properties
Easy to Paint and Glue
ABS plastic attains these physical attributes through the initial creation process. By polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene, chemical “chains” attract each other and bind together to make ABS stronger. This combination of materials and plastics provides ABS with superior hardness, gloss, toughness and resistance properties, greater than that of pure polystyrene.
Automotive Applications – ABS is the preferred engineering plastic when it comes to dealing with automotive applications. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene applications in automotive and transportation include:
Door liners and handles
Seat backs, seat belt components, etc.
Appliances – appliance control panels, housings (shavers, vacuum cleaners, food processors), refrigerator liners, etc. Household and consumer goods are the major applications of ABS. Keyboard keycaps are commonly made out of ABS.
Electrical & Electronics Applications – ABS provides good all-round performance for electronic enclosures, computer keyboards etc.
Pipes and fittings made from ABS are widely used as they are easier to install and do not rot, rust or corrode. Under proper handling, they withstand earth loads and shipping & can also resist mechanical damage, even at low temperatures.