Look around the room you’re in right now, and you probably will see something made out of ABS plastic. If you have never heard of this before, ABS Plastic is a thermoplastic polymer. One of the things Rebling is known for is injection molding thermoplastics. Thermoplastic polymers are composed of linked monomers, like carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. The length of the chain determines the polymer’s physical and mechanical properties. Also, it’s important to know that polymers can be divided into two different groups. The first is amorphous and the second is crystalline type polymers.
So what should you now about ABS plastic? This post will attempt to provide a general background on this much used polymer.
ABS is an acronym for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, and it is used for a wide variety of applications. ABS Plastic is an amorphous thermoplastic, meaning it can be plastic injection molded easily. It helps that ABS is chemical-resistant and has a low melting point. ABS plastic can be heated to its melting point, cooled, and reheated again. Also, ABS does not burn; it instead liquefies and can be recycled and used again. As with all amorphous thermoplastics, ABS has a uniform shrinkage rate to make predicting shrinkage much easier. It also prevents warpage after plastic injection molding.
What Kind of Applications Is ABS Used for?
Given the characteristics mentioned above, ABS is used by many different industries for a range of applications. It is also relatively inexpensive, making it a budget-friendly material for manufacturers. Here are a few of the most common applications where ABS may be used:
- Computer Keyboard
- Medical Devices
- LEGO Toys
- Decorative Trim
- Automotive Parts
- Power-tool Housing
- Wall Socket Faceguards
- Office Machine Components
If you are looking for a company that specializes in ABS plastic injection molding, Rebling has over 50 years of experience in the industry, and it offers plastic injection molding of the various grades of ABS, including high-impact, glass-filled, transparent and high luster formulations. In addition to that, Rebling can customize any moldings to match the requirements of the application, including molding with many different colors. Rebling encourages you to contact its team to discuss your project requirements.