ABS is a thermoplastic polymer that is easy to machine and process, and which creates plastic parts with an excellent surface finish. It offers high impact strength and resistance to extreme temperatures and chemicals and can be finished with processes such as metallization, electroplating, bonding and hot pressing.
Applications: Handheld devices, housings, cosmetic parts, moldings for electrical tools and consumer goods.
Behavior: Molded ABS parts are susceptible to defects such as knit lines, sinks and voids, but material blends such as ABS/PC can reduce sink in thick areas.
|Density||1.01 – 1.20 g/cc||0.0365 – 0.0434 lb/in³|
|Hardness||68 – 113||68 – 113|
|Tensile Strength (Yield)||13.0 – 65.0 MPa||1890 – 9430 psi|
|Tensile Strength (Ultimate)||22.1 – 49.0 MPa||3210 – 7110 psi|
|Elongation at Yield||0.62 – 30 %||0.62 – 30 %|
|Elongation at Break||3.0 – 150 %||3.0 – 150 %|
|Dielectric Strength||18.0 – 50.0 kV/mm||457 – 1270 kV/in|
|Melt Temperature||180 – 274 °C||356 – 525 °F|
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