Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a common thermoplastic made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene, making ABS stronger than pure styrene. The styrene imparts a shiny, impervious surface and the butadiene provides a resilient surface even at low temperatures.
ABS has the combined advantage of strength and rigidity from the acrylonitrile and styrene polymers plus the toughness of the polybutadiene rubber. Also, by changing the proportions of these components, ABS can be created in varying grades. ABS for extruded Sheet Rod & Tube with high and medium impact resistance. ABS would have useful characteristics within a temperature range of 50 to 176° F (10 to 80° C).
The light weight of ABS extruded Sheet, Rod & Tube make it a valuable base material in the manufacture of such items as drain pipe, musical instruments, gold club heads, automotive trim components electronic assembly enclosures, protective headgear, canoes, luggage and protective carrying cases, small kitchen appliances and even toys (Lego bricks).
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