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ABS is a polymer made of styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene that will have different properties depending on the percentage of each monomer.
The presence of nitrile polar groups makes the ABS stronger than pure polystyrene. Styrene creates glossy, impermeable surfaces in plastic. Polybutadiene is a rubber material that causes toughness even at low temperatures. In general, it can be said that ABS compounds have useful properties at 20 to 80 ° C.
ABS are resistant to aqueous acids, alkalis, phosphoric acids, alcohols, but are soluble in substances such as esters, ketones and ethylene dichloride.
These compounds can be flammable if exposed to sunlight and high temperatures.
ABS is easily machined. Common methods of machining include drilling, milling, sawing, cutting and ...
The light weight and injectability of this polymer makes it used in the manufacture of products such as drainage pipes, automotive components, medical supplies, kitchen appliances, computer keyboards, toys, LEGO bricks and more.
This polymer breaks down to its constituents at temperatures above 400 ° C, including butadiene and acrylonitrile for human carcinogens.
Below you can see the different grades of this material.