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ABS Profile Extrusions
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ABS Plastic Manufacturing

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is an opaque thermoplastic polymer. It is an inexpensive, strong, stiff plastic that holds up well to external impacts.

This material has a strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and/or physical impacts and is typically easy to machine / fabricate.

Pexco is a manufacturer of ABS tubing and custom profile extrusions for Industrial applications as well as ABS-PC (Polycarbonate) composite parts.  

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ABS plastic achieves its physical attributes through the initial creation process. By polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene, chemical “chains” attract each other and bind together to make ABS stronger. This combination of materials and plastics provides ABS with superior hardness, gloss, toughness and resistance properties, greater than that of pure Polystyrene. It is also relatively inexpensive, costing somewhere between Polypropylene  ("PP") and Polycarbonate (“PC”).

ABS plastic is not typically used in high heat situations due to its low melting point. ABS is very structurally sturdy, which is why it is used in applications like camera housings, protective housings, and packaging components. It is easily machined, sanded, glued and painted. This makes it a great material for prototyping. You can also get good cosmetic finishes with ABS and it can also be colored relatively easily. Pexco offers ABS plastic extrusion for parts such as custom ABS tube.

ABS Specifications

  • Natural (milky-opaque)
  • Custom Colors
  • Cut lengths
  • Fabrication
  • Drilling
  • Forming
  • High impact resistance
  • Structural strength and stiffness
  • Chemical resistance
  • Excellent high and low-temperature performance
  • Great electrical insulation properties
  • Easy to paint and glue
  • Glossy surface
  • Poor weatherability (damaged by sunlight)
  • Low resistance to solvent
  • Hazardous when burned
  • Limited uses in association with food industry
  • Higher priced than Polystyrene or Polyethylene
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Computer keyboard keycaps & consoles
  • Power tool housings
  • Toys (Lego bricks)     
  • Camera housings
  • Protective housings
  • Automotive components
  • Packaging
  • Protective headgear (helmets)
  • Musical instruments
  • Golf clubs
  • Luggage & protective carrying cases
  • Whitewater canoes
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