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A plastic part fabricated from ABS

ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene)

  • Excellent impact, chemical and
    abrasion resistance
  • Superior stiffness and strength
  • Easily machined and thermoformed
  • Easy to paint and glue
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Excellent electrical properties


ABS is a low-cost engineering plastic that is easily machined, fabricated and thermoformed. It has excellent chemical, stress and creep resistance. ABS offers a good balance of impact, heat, chemical and abrasion resistance, dimensional stability, tensile strength, surface hardness, rigidity and electrical characteristics. ABS remains hard, rigid and tough even at low temperatures. It is available in fire-retardant, heat-resistant and platable grades. Impact strength varies by grade.

Most natural ABS resins are translucent to opaque, but they can be produced in transparent grades and can be pigmented to almost any color. General purpose grades may work for some outdoor appications, but prolonged exposure to sunlight causes color changes and reduces surface gloss, hardness, impact strength and elastic modulus.


  • Plumbing parts
  • Housings and covers
  • Automotive instrument panels
  • Vacuum-formed parts
  • Prototypes
  • Food processing components
  • Bumpers


Our application engineers can help. With decades of experience in plastic material selection, we'll help you choose the optimal plastic for your application and budget.

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General Material Properties

Property   Metric units   English units
Density   1.01e3 - 1.21e3 kg/m^3   63.1 - 75.5 lb/ft^3
Yield Strength   1.85e7 - 5.1e7 Pa   2.68 - 7.4 ksi
Tensile Strength   2.76e7 - 5.52e7 Pa   4 - 8.01 ksi
Elongation   0.015 - 1 % strain   1.5 - 100 % strain
Hardness (Vickers)   5.49e7 - 1.5e8 Pa   5.6 - 15.3 HV
Fracture Toughness   1.19e6 - 4.29e6 Pa/m^0.5   1.08 - 3.9 ksi/in^0.5
Young's Modulus   1.19e9 - 2.9e9 Pa   0.16 - 0.421 10^6 psi
Max Service Temperature   61.9 - 76.9 °C   143 - 170 °F
Insulator or Conductor   Insulator   Insulator
Specific Heat Capability   1.39e3 - 1.92e3 J/kg °C   0.331 - 0.458 BTU/lb. °F
Thermal Expansion Coefficent   8.46e-5 - 2.34e-4 strain/°C   47 - 130 µstrain/°F
CO2 Footprint   9.1e7 - 1.02e8 kg/kg   3.27 - 3.62 lb/lb
Recycleable   Yes   Yes

The information on this page is intended as general guidance only and is only accurate at the time of posting (see date below). Specific material properties vary by manufacturer. Please contact a Dielectric application engineer for help in choosing the optimal material for your application and budget.

Posting Date: August 16, 2012