Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is an engineering thermoplastic made up of three monomers which are acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene.
The monomer acrylonitrile offers heat stability, while butadiene contributes to impact strength and toughness. The styrene monomer provides rigidity to the thermoplastic. With good impact resistance, insulating properties and high stability is used in different processing technologies such as injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion, 3D printing, etc.
(ABS) being lightweight can be injection moulded, making it the perfect choice for manufacturing a wide variety of applications such as musical instruments, kitchen appliances, luggage cases, toys, household goods, etc. Thermal resistance property also makes it suitable for food containers, water bottles, computer products, battery cases, etc.
Polycarbonates are generally used in applications that require high impact resistance. Luggage manufacturing is one such area in which ABS or polycarbonates finds application. While on the other hand, polystyrene is used for making electronics, automobile parts, toys, equipment, etc. Since polystyrene doesn't react with other materials, it is commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, and other appliances.
- ABS (Acrylonitrile Bustadiene Styrene)
- PC - Polycarbonate
- PS - Polystyrene