Why you should use ABS:
ABS is a material that is FDA compliant. It has good mechanical properties, very high impact strength, is bondable/weldable to itself, and cuts well with standard cutting tools. The material is paintable, machinable, and heat/vacuum formable as well. It is the same material as black drain pipe used in homes.
ABS is ITAR compliant, and ABS is RoHS compliant.
Machine Grade ABS compares favorably with other engineering and mechanical plastics. Because ABS is bondable, it is frequently used to replace machinable plastics that are not bondable, like Nylon, Acetal, and HDPE.
Common applications include:
Automotive parts, appliances, piping and fittings, wall socket coverings and plates, computer keys, and even Legos!
Question: How does ABS compare with Acetal and other materials?
Answer: It is a strong rigid plastic material that machines well, with a high impact strength. It is as dimensionally stable as more expensive plastics and is FDA compliant for food contact and yet is still bondable and paintable.
Formable ABS Sheet: .040″ – .250″ in 48″ X 96″
Black Haircell Surface one side: .060″ – .250″ in 48″ X 96″
White Haircell Surface one side: .062″ – .250″ in 54″ X 96″
Royalite R59: Specialty FR (fire retardant) with Haircell one side.
Smooth ABS Sheets / ABS Machine Grade Sheet: .125″ – 6″ thick
Natural (straw-tan-ivory-beige) and Black in 24″ X 48″ up to 48″ X 120″
Film: Natural ABS Sheet and Rod Special Order .001″ – .029″ up to 24″ wide (as little as 200 lbs runs)
ABS Rod and ABS Rods: .250″ – 6″ diameter in Natural (tan-beige) and Black up to 96″ lengths
Special Formulations: Conductive, Static Dissipative, Flame Retardant, Custom Sizes, Formulations, Profiles or Colors
Typical Resin Properties:
|General Property||ASTM Test||Typical Value ||R59 Typical Value |
|Specific Gravity ||D792||1.04||1.18 – 1.25|
|Tensile Strength Yield||D638||6,500||5,000|
|Izod Impact – Notched||D256||7.0||7.8|
|Hardness – Rockwell||D785||R105||R93|
|Deflection Temp @ 264psi||D648||192||174|
|Deflection Temp @ 66 psi||D648||208||195|
|Co. Thermal Expansion||D696||5.3X10-5||4.6 -5.5X10-5|