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Models made out of ABS are constructed from a thermoplastic. ABS is very useful for functional applications because it matches 80% of the properties of the real injected production material. ABS models are very accurate and have a intermediate level of printed details. You have a lot of freedom for the design of your model. However, the surface quality of the models is rougher compared to other materials.
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Design Specifications

Minimum Wall Thickness
1 mm
Minimum Details
0.3 mm
Accuracy
±0.1% (with a lower limit of ±0.2 mm)
Maximum Size
400 x 355 x 400 mm
Clearance
0.4 mm
Interlocking or Enclosed Parts?
Yes

Typical Use

ABS can be used for full functional models. The material is UV resistant and comes closest to the material of real production models.

Technology

Fused Deposition Modeling is used to build your design with this material. The principle is simple. You can compare it with a hot glue gun into which you put sticks of glue. The glue is heated up until it melts and is then pushed through a fine nozzle in the front of the glue gun.

In an FDM printer, a long plastic wire is used in place of glue. It is fed by a spool to the nozzle where the material is liquefied and ‘drawn’ on the platform where it immediately hardens again. The nozzle moves to drop the material at the correct location, drawing your model line by line. When a layer is drawn, the platform lowers by one layer thickness so the printer can start with the next layer.

When your model contains overhanging sections, the printer needs to build supporting material. Since the material of the model cannot be deposited in the air, the support material prevents it from falling down. This support material is fed through another nozzle. Afterwards, when the model is put into a bath with special soap, the support material dissolves.

Additional Information

  • Extra finishing steps are possible upon request.
  • ABS is difficult to post-process because of the layering and the hard plastic.
  • The material is water permeable.
  • Since the support material is dissolvable, complex designs are possible.
  • The printing process is slow but a printed model requires less manual finishing.

Sample Kit

Learning about our materials is one thing, seeing and touching them another. That's why we've designed sample kits based on our Periodic Table of Materials. ABS is part of our basic sample kit. Available for 30 EUR with a 25 EUR voucher included.

Basic Sample Kit Basic Sample Kit Various $ 41.50
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