Material ABS - acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
ABS is an amorphous thermoplastic blend. The recipe is 15-35% acrylnitrile, 5-30% butadiene and 40-60% styrene. Depending on the blend different properties can be achieved.

Acrylnitrile contributes with thermal and chemical resistence, and the rubberlike butadiene gives ductility and impact strength. Styrene gives the glossy surface and makes the material easily machinable and less expensive.

Generally, ABS has good impact strength also at low temperatures. It has satisfactory stiffness and dimensional stability, glossy surface and is easy to machine. If UV-stabilizators are added, ABS is suitable for outdoor applications.
Danish Name ABS - acrylnitril-butadien-styren-terpolymer
Category Plastics, Thermoplastics
Products LEGO building bricks
Computer mouse
Vacuum jug
KimBox suitcase
Ceramic advanced wet shave razor
Hedge cutter handle
Handle for high pressure cleaner
Shaver, rechargeable
Ensemble chair (ABS blended with PA)
Processes Plastic moulding
Plastic injection moulding
Extrusion
Vacuum forming
Printing
Similar materials SAN
ASA
SB
Price Medium cost plastic (see also Plastics general overview)
Environmen- tal notes Creation: Production of 1 kg of ABS requires the equivalent of about 2 kg of oil (raw material and energy).

Use: -

Disposal: Incineration in an incineration plant mainly produces water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen compounds.
Additional Info ABS is resistant to some bases but not to other solvents than alcohol.
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