ABS is a commonly used thermoplastic polymer with excellent impact, temperature and chemical resistance. It is also easy to machine and process and has a smooth surface finish. ABS can undergo various post-processing treatments, including coloring, surface metallization, welding, electroplating, bonding, hot pressing and more.
ABS is used for various applications across a wide range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, electronics, consumer goods, construction and more.
Electroplating can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.
Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.
Painting the surface of a part improves its aesthetic appearance and can provide brand recognition to consumers. In addition, painting can have a protective effect on parts.
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- ABS is one of the most commonly used thermoplastics because it is easy to process. It is also ideal for many applications because of its dimensional stability and resistance to chemicals, corrosion, temperatures, and moisture.
- ABS plastics also have the benefit of being non-toxic and odorless, making them safe to use for many applications. They also have good electrical insulation properties.
- ABS parts are versatile: they can be assembled using glue and easily taken apart. They are also affordable, making them popular for a number of uses. Though ABS has inferior ductility and temperature resistance properties compared to PA, it is a popular and effective material for its price point.
- ABS is often used to produce plastic components that will undergo plating.