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Advantages/Disadvantages of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Polymers

Excellent impact resistance. It can have good appearance for cosmetic parts. Strength is moderate. Good resistance to acids and bases.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Polymers

Advantages of different parts of the polymers/ properties given by Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene Compounds to the ABS Polymers.

PROS / ADVANTAGES OF (ABS) POLYMERS

Excellent impact resistance. It can have good appearance for cosmetic parts. Strength is moderate. Good resistance to acids and bases.

  • Flame Retardant
  • Heat Resistance, High
  • Impact Resistance, Good
  • Impact Resistance, High
  • Process ability, good
  • RoHS Compliant
  • General Purpose
  • Flow, Good
  • Flow, High

CONES/DIS-ADVANTAGES OF (ABS) POLYMER

It is sensitive to thick sections in your part which may cause voids, bubbles or sink. Attacked by hydrocarbons and organic solvents.

  • Heat resistance is low.
  • Price is relatively high.
  • Limited weathering resistance
  • Moderate heat, moisture and chemical resistance
  • Relatively high cost
  • Flammable with high smoke generation

Applications/Uses of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Polymers

  • ABS plastic ground down to an average diameter of less than 1 micrometer is used as the colorant in some tattoo inks. Tattoo inks that use ABS are extremely vivid.
  • ABS's light weight and ability to be injection molded and extruded make it useful in manufacturing products such as drain-waste-vent (DWV) pipe systems, musical instruments (recorders, plastic clarinets, and piano movements) and golf club heads (due to its good shock absorbance).
  • Automotive trim components, automotive bumper bars and medical devices for blood access are all manufactured products of ABS.
  • It is also used to produce enclosures for electrical and electronic assemblies.
  • Protective headgear, whitewater canoes, buffer edging for furniture and joinery panels, luggage and protective carrying cases, small kitchen appliances and toys, including Lego bricks are produced using ABS polymers.
  • Household and consumer goods are the major consumers of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
  • "Green ABS" is an innovation of ABS resin as the result of discovery and research to replace synthesis rubber (butadiene) with natural rubber in ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) manufacturing process. Green ABS resin is suitable for environment concern and the community, country. As the result, of natural rubber replacement can reduce the use of synthesis rubber (butadiene).
  • Methyl Methacrylate-Butadiene-Styrene (MBS) copolymers are designed from core-shell technology, offering good compatibility with other polymers, acts as impact modifier for rigid and semi-rigid both transparent and opaque goods. It is applicable for PVC in construction, PVC profile, pipe, fitting, sheet, bottle and variety of plastic modification application such as PC/ABS, PBT and etc.
Muhammad Rehan Ashraf

I am a Textile Engineer, founder and editor of "Textile Trendz". Currently working in an export-oriented textile organization. I love to share my knowledge about textiles.