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ABS Filament

ABS is low cost, durable and can withstand high temperatures Overview | Positives & NegativesHardware Requirements

An Overview of ABS Filament

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) was one of the first plastics used in industrial 3D printers. Today, ABS is still a popular material thanks to its low cost and good mechanical properties.

ABS is known for its toughness and impact resistance, allowing you to print durable parts that will hold up to extra usage and wear. LEGO blocks are made with ABS.

 

ABS also has a higher glass transition temperature, which means the material can withstand much higher temperatures before it begins to deform. ABS is a great choice for outdoor or high temperature applications.

ABS has a slight odor and also tends to contract quite a bit as it cools, so controlling the temperature of your build volume and the part inside can have major benefits.

Positives

Low Cost

Gives a smoother finish

Good heat resistance

Good wear and impact resistance

Negatives

Printed parts tend to shrink

Has a strong odor while printing

Needs a heated bed/chamber

Heavy warping is possible

Typical Hardware Requirements

Printer Bed

Temperature: 95-110 °C
Heated Bed Required
Enclosure Recommended

Build Surface

Kapton tape
ABS Slurry

Filament Extruder

Temperature: 220-250 °C
No special hot-end required

Cooling Fan

Cooling Fan Not Required

Getting Started

Common Applications

  • Cases or project enclosures
  • Toys 
  • Automotive hardware

Popular Brands

  • Hatchbox ABS
  • FormFutura ABS pro, EasyFil ABS, TitanX
  • eSun ABS, ABS+
  • HobbyKing ABS

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