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ABS - A strong, durable industrial-grade ABS plastic in a wide variety of colors. Its strength is 60 to 80% that of injection molded ABS plastic. For more information on this material please consult the ABS manufacturer technical datasheet (pdf 89kB).

The mechanical properties of ABS are not affected by water or humidity. ABS offers good to excellent resistance against most acids and bases, oil and gas, but cannot be used with gasoline and many solvents. For a complete overview of chemical resistance, please consult the Cole-Parmer: Chemical Resistance Database and select ABS.

ABS Colors

This ABS material is available in the colors:

  • white (natural)
  • black
  • metallic grey
  • red
  • green
  • blue
  • yellow

ABS Properties

From the manufacturer's specification (for build orientation on side edge):

Mechanical Properties ABS Test Method Metric Imperial
Tensile Strength, Type 1, 0.125" ASTM D638 22 Mpa 3200 psi
Tensile Modulus, Type 1, 0.125" ASTM D638 1627 Mpa 236000 psi
Tensile Elongation, Type 1, 0.125" ASTM D638 6 % 6 %
Flexural Strength ASTM D790 41 Mpa 6000 psi
Flexural Modulus ASTM D790 1834 Mpa 266000 psi
IZOD Impact, notched ASTM D256 107 J/m 2 ft-lb/in
IZOD Impact, un-notched ASTM D256 214 J/m 4 ft-lb/in
Thermal Properties ABS Test Method Metric Imperial
Heat Deflection Temperature @ 66 psi (0.455 MPa) ASTM D648 90° C 195° F
Heat Deflection Temperature @ 264 psi (1.82 MPa) ASTM D648 76° C 169° F
Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) DMA (SSYS) 104° C 219° F
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion ASTM D696 3.11E-5 m/m.K 5.60E-5 in/in/F
Melt Point --- Not Applicable (amorphous) Not Applicable (amorphous)
Other Properties ABS Test Method Value
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.05
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R105
Flame Classification UL 94 HB
Dielectric Strength IEC 60112 32 kV/mm
Dielectric Constant @ 60 MHz IEC 60250 2.4