ABS Plastic

About ABS Plastic


What is ABS Plastic?

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a common medium strength / medium cost “thermoplastic polymer” (a plastic material, that becomes pliable or moldable above a specific temperature and solidifies upon cooling.) Its transition temperature, from a hard into a viscous or rubbery state is approximately 105° C / 221° F. It is available in two standard colors; Natural (Tan) or Black and Natural can be colored.  Both the Natural and Black ABS resins which Hi-Tech uses are food grade.

Why is ABS used so often?
ABS is resistant to corrosive chemicals and/or physical impacts. It is easy to machine and has a low melting temperature making it particularly good to use in Extrusion, Injection Molding or 3D Printing. ABS is also relatively inexpensive which makes it desirable in a large number of applications across a wide range of industries.

What is ABS used for?
There are many applications for ABS. Among the most widely known are keys on a computer keyboard, power-tools and LEGOs.

What does Hi-Tech Profiles use ABS for?
We stock Black ABS Hollow Rod in standard 5’ lengths from ¼” through 2” OD with ID sizes ranging from 1/8” to 1½.”  We will also issue custom quotes for tubes and profiles in various other lengths and sizes.

Is ABS toxic?

ABS is relatively harmless in that it doesn't have any known carcinogens, and there are no known adverse health effects related to exposure to ABS. For additional health and safety information click here for the SDS and for additional technical information, click here for Data Sheet.