abs (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)

ABS is a common thermoplastic derived from three other materials the mixture of which give it differing properties. The key mechanical properties of ABS are its impact resistance and toughness. It's commonly extruded and injection moulded and is naturally white in colour but can be made transparent and is easily coloured. ABS is a more expensive material than Polystyrene but chosen for its superior hardness, surface finish and toughness. ABS can be made flame retardant and also has high levels of colourfastness.

Material Properties

Property 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
Lifespan X
Durability X
Strength X
UV Stability X
Transparency X
Cost X
End of Life Impact

Star Rating for performance - 5* = best performing

Typical Applications

Click on the links below to learn more:

Injection Moulding>
Heat Bending>
Vacuum Formniing>


Here are some of the key benefits of ABS:

- Impact & Chemical resistant
- Excellent finish when moulded
- Great for injection moulding
- Cheaper to main alternatives


Here are some of the key downsides to using ABS:

- Limited range of translucency
- More expensive than sytrene


Click on the links below to learn more about ABS alternatives:

- High Impact Polystyrene>
- Polycarbonate>

Sample Gallery

See examples of P-O-P displays using this material.

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