3D printing in ABS

ABS is a sturdy and durable material with excellent physical properties and great impact resistance. Although it is ideal for low-cost prototypes, 3D printing in ABS can also be used for end-parts.

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About ABS

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a thermoplastic that offers excellent material properties for an affordable cost. The price for 3D printing in ABS has significantly dropped after the expiration of FDM patents in 2009. The already popular 3D printing material became even more attractive due to its cost-saving opportunities.

ABS is created by combining the 3 different polymers that form its name: Acrylonitrile, Butadiene, and Styrene. The result is a sturdy, lightweight polymer capable of withstanding operating temperatures of up to 80°C without deformation, with great impact resistance and good surface quality. It is known for its excellent physical properties, such as tensile strength and stiffness, and for being flame retardant with good chemical resistance. Besides, ABS boasts good mechanical and electrical properties.

Another advantage of 3D printing in ABS is that it enables engineers to speed up product development and research by quickly creating inexpensive functional prototypes and conceptual models for design verification. ABS is suitable for a wide range of professional applications across every industry – from automotive to medical. Surgical models, food packagings, manufacturing tools, and production parts are some of the possible applications of ABS.

Strengths

✦ Low cost and short lead times

✦ Ideal for both prototypes and end-parts

✦ Water, chemical and heat resistant

✦ Flame retardant

✦ Excellent physical properties

✦ Sturdy, durable material

Weaknesses

✧ Color can become yellowish due to oxidation

✧ Parts can be wrap due to high printing temperature

✧ Many low quality ABS filament in the market

✧ Noticeable print layers

COMMON APPLICATIONS OF ABS MATERIALS

– Surgical models

– Low cost prototypes

– Electronic housings

Available technologies on OUR ABS 3D PRINT SERVICe

FDM

Fused Deposition Model produces strong, accurate and stable parts in a wide range of plastics.

CHARACTERISTICS OF 3D PRINTING IN ABS

FDM

Max. Bed Size

1500x1100x1500 mm (59.x143x159 in)

Layer Height

100 μm

Accuracy

★★★★☆

Smoothness

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Rigidity

★★★☆☆

Biocompatible

Yes

Food Safe

Yes

Watertight

Yes

Recyclable

Yes

General technical data for 3D PRINTING IN ABS

Density

1.04 g/cm3

Young Modulus

2.4 GPa

Yield Strength

Not tested

UTS

36 MPa

Elongation at Break

4%

Hardness

Rockwell R109.5

* These values are meant to give a general idea of the material. Actual values may vary according to chosen material brand, 3D print service and build condition. Please refer to the Beamler online quoting platform for actual technical data of each material brand. 

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