ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
The Benefits of ABS Plastic in Injection Molding
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic is a thermoplastic polymer often used in the injection molding process. It is one of the most common plastics used in OEM part production and 3D print manufacturing.
The chemical properties of ABS plastic allow it to have a relatively low melting point and a low glass transition temperature, meaning it can be easily melted down and molded into different shapes during the injection molding process. ABS can be repeatedly melted down and reshaped without significant chemical degradation, meaning the plastic is recyclable.
ABS is relatively safe to handle as it cools down and hardens into a mold, making it one of the easiest plastics to handle, machine, paint, sand, glue, or otherwise manipulate. Other benefits of products made of ABS include:
- Strong impact resistance
- Strong heat resistance
- High tensile strength
- Shock absorbance
- Scratch resistance
- Low cost
ABS Plastic Specifications (at Room Temperature):
|Name||Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene|
|Melting Point (°C)||~230 °C|
|Tensile Strength||~5000-7500 psi|
|Impact Strength||~7.5 ft-lb/in notched izod|
|Flexural Modulus||~340,000 psi|
Plastic in Everyday Life
Not only in industrial applications, but many plastic products we use on a regular basis are made with ABS. Some of these products commonly made with this material include:
- Computer components
- Musical instruments
- Medical supplies
- Auto body parts
- Protective head gear
- Small home appliances
- And much more!
ABS is a great molding product to use since it is one of the most affordable plastics resistant to strong impacts and corrosive chemicals. It is also relatively harmless since the plastic material doesn’t have any known toxic carcinogens in it.
ABS Plastics Used by Retlaw Industries
The professionals at Retlaw Industries are proud to use ABS plastics when manufacturing a wide variety of our products, such as idler pulleys and adapters. If you need a component made for strong impact resistance at a low cost, consider using ABS plastic for your particular part – and contact Retlaw Industries to help you design, mold and assemble all your OEM parts.