One of the most popular thermoplastics, ABS, also known as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is considered as one of the best options for 3D printing. Due to its high wear resistance, heat resistance, and incredible durability ABS is widely used in multiple industrial and consumer applications.
Let us look at 5 reasons why ABS plastic is the best choice when it comes to 3D printing.
1) Effective Prototyping
ABS is a great material when it comes to prototyping. It can be glued, machined, painted and sanded with extreme ease. What’s more, it can be colored and you can get an attractive cosmetic finish relatively easily, compared to other materials. This makes it great for creating products with glossy finish and different textures.
2) Great Mechanical Properties
ABS has some great mechanical properties. It is durable and has a high resistance to physical impact. This makes it an ideal material for applications that will undergo wear and tear. It has a low melting temperature and can withstand extremely high temperatures. It has a strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and is simple to use in Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printing machines.
3) Easy of Amalgamation
Materials with enhanced properties can be created with the help of ABS plastic. They include properties such as conductivity, translucency, and biocompatibility. Furthermore, ABS can also be combined with other materials for greater mechanical properties. For example, polycarbonate can be combined with ABS to improve heat resistance and provide optimum strength
4) Incredible Accuracy
Products can be created with immense precision and accuracy with the help of ABS plastic. ABS prints are dimensionally accurate and possess minimum features that can be as small as 1.2mm. Moreover, they offer great design flexibility which further enhances the level of accuracy that can be achieved to design a product.
Due to its properties such as ductility, thermal stability, and machinability, manufacturers can now create low-cost prototypes and architectural models for engineers and research departments. In the medical field, low-cost tool handles, medical prostheses and surgical instruments can be made with the utmost ease.