Product printed with ABS filament
What is ABS Filament?
Acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) is usually the second most popular filament for 3D printers after PLA. But that just means it’s the second most popular. In terms of material properties, ABS is actually moderately superior to PLA, even though printing on it is a bit more difficult. This is the reason ABS is found in many industrial household and consumer products, including LEGO bricks and bicycle helmets. Read about this filament on wikipedia
ABS products are highly durable and able to withstand high temperatures, but 3D printer enthusiasts should be aware of the higher printing temperature of this filament, its tendency to warp when cooled, and strong potentially dangerous fumes. Be sure to print on a heated table and in a well-ventilated room (or closet).
3D printer filament properties: ABS
- strength: high | flexibility: medium | durability: high;
- the difficulty of use: medium;
- printing temperature: 210 ° C – 250 ° C;
- table temperature: 80 ° C – 110 ° C;
- Shrinkage/warpage: Considerable;
- soluble: in esters, ketones, and acetone;
- Food Safety: Not Safe.
When should it be used?
ABS is strong – capable of withstanding high stress and temperature. It is also moderately flexible, although these are by far the best qualities for future use. Combined, these properties make ABS a good all-purpose filament for general-purpose 3D printers, but it’s actually better suited for items that are frequently handled, dropped, or heated. Examples include phone cases, wearable toys, tool handles, automotive trim components, and electrical enclosures.
ABS 3D printer filament summary
Pros: high strength, durability, and high-temperature resistance.
Cons: high heat shrinkage, dangerous fumes, requires high-temperature nozzle.
ABS+ Odorless – improved modified materials.
ABS + Filaments
ABS+: With good melt flow and smooth printing; High strength, hardness, and rigidity; heat and oil resistant. Suitable for printing oversized models and/or with a high gradient.
ABS Odorless: Low VOC, odorless, brighter color. Improved interlayer bonding, more impact-resistant models.