ABS injection molding is widely used when applications require aesthetics, toughness, and stability. One of the engineering-grade materials that are in the thermoplastic class, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, can be reprocessed after an initial heat cycle without chemical change occurring during the first heating process. This uniqueness produces greater flexibility, strength, and durable finishes with customizable textures than other materials.
ABS plastic is a versatile and durable thermoplastic polymer known for its high impact resistance and toughness. Used in everything from toys to automotive parts, ABS is a go-to material for manufacturers looking for a strong and reliable plastic solution.
ABS plastic molding produces parts that are stronger than pure polystyrene. Additionally, ABS plastic:
Is lower-cost than most other injection molding materials
Withstands chemicals and electrical currents
Demonstrates dimensional stability
Provides impact strength and durability
May include additives which allow for higher heat resistance
Includes outstanding coloration and finished textural options
Maintains scratch resistance
Exhibits a shiny, protective finish
Carries FDA approval
Many common industrial applications utilize ABS plastic molding for finished pieces. The cost-effectiveness, light material weight, and attractive finish can be found in:
Protective carrying cases
Plastic musical instruments
Small kitchen appliances
Computer keyboards and keycaps
Plastic toys, including common building blocks
One of the most commonly used and preferred engineered materials, our work with ABS molding is found across many industries, including:
Although a commonly used material with benefits for many applications, ABS plastic has limitations. It can weaken and become brittle with prolonged sunlight UV exposure, and certain substances can also negatively impact the engineered material.
Whether ABS molding meets your needs or another material is a better choice, our expertise across many industries and applications can guide your material selection.