Material Information

ABS is formed by combining three monomers – Acrylonitrile, Butadiene, and Styrene. This medium priced thermoplastic offers a combination of impact and abrasion resistance, tensile strength, dimensional stability, heat resistance, rigidity, low temperature properties, chemical resistance and good electrical characteristics. ABS is ideal for turning, drilling, sawing, milling, die-cutting, cold stamping, and shearing. This material is easy to glue and paint with non petroleum-based products. Petroleum based products should not be used because they will cause the material to craze. ABS is also one of the few non-metallic materials that can be readily electroplated. ABS is produced in thin gauge sheet with Haircell/Smooth finish and a Smooth/Smooth finish. ABS is also produced in an Industrial grade in thicker plate and rod.


  • Machined prototypes
  • Structural components
  • Machine housings
  • Instrument panels
  • Point of purchase displays
  • Tote bins – Luggage – Trays
  • Business machine housings
  • Washers – Stampings
  • Aircraft interior trim
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Support blocks
  • Safety helmets
  • Piping
  • Valve bodies


  • Outstanding impact resistance
  • Good mechanical properties, tough and rigid
  • Easily machined to close tolerances
  • Dimensionally stable, moisture and creep resistance
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Good electrical properties
  • Stress cracking resistance to inorganic salt solutions, alkalis, and acids
  • Excellent aesthetic qualities
  • Chemical resistance
  • Easy to glue and paint with non-petroleum based products
  • Moderate price
  • May be thermoformed


Astm Test Method


Density (lb/in^3) D792 0.038
Specific Gravity D792 1.04
Water Absorption @ 24 hours (%) D570  –


Tensile Strength (PSI) D638 6,500
Tensile Modulus (PSI) D638 340000
Tensile Elongation at Break (%) D638 25
Flexural Strength (PSI) D790 11000
Flexural Modulus (PSI) D790 320000
Compressive Strength (PSI) D695  –
Compressive Modulus (PSI) D695  –
Izod Impact (Notched), ft-lb/in D256 7
Rockwell Hardness D785 R105


Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, 10^-5/°F D696 5.3
Heat Deflection Temperature 264 psi, ºF D648 215
Melting Point, °F D3418  –
Continous Service Temp (Operating), °F  – 140
Thermal Conductivity, BTU-in/hr-ft² °F F433  –
Flammability Rating UL94 HB


Dielectric Strength, Short Term, (Volts/Mil) D149  –
Volume Resistivity (ohm/square) D257 10^15
Dielectric Constant at 60hz D150  –
Dissipation Factor at 60Hz D150  –


The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers' complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.