ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene terpolymer) is an amorphous engineering thermoplastic material that provides a good balance of toughness and rigidity. Each component of the terpolymer contributes specific features to the overall performance of this material. The styrene component provides gloss and rigidity, the butadiene component provides good impact properties, and the acrylonitrile component contributes to melt strength and to chemical resistance. ABS is resistant to attach to both mineral acids and bases. ABS is also resistant to both vegetable and mineral oils. ABS holds up well to most household cleaners.
- Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is available in both injection molding and extrusion grades. Additionally, ABS is very easy to process. Compounding technology allows a wide variety of colorants that can be compounded into ABS and that allows products to be produced in a wide range of custom colors. Applications for ABS products can be further extended by addition of additives such as stabilizers, flame retardants, and reinforcing fillers. Please see the following data sheets:
Additives, Modifiers, and Reinforcing Agents:
Additives- UV stability, easy release (mold releases), colorants, and other stability additives
Modifiers- Flame retardants, impact modifiers, flow enhancers
Reinforcing Agents- Glass fibers, mineral fillers