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ABS (Tecaran®)

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ABS is an opaque thermoplastic that possesses a diverse combination of properties. ABS is characterized by resistance to chemicals, heat and impact. Typical applications for ABS include appliance housings, luggage, camera bodies, power tool housings, battery cases, tool boxes, packing crates, radio cases and various furniture components.

ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene)

ABS is a low cost engineering plastic that is easy to machine and fabricate. ABS is an ideal material for structural applications when impact resistance, strength, and stiffness are required. It is widely used for machining pre-production prototypes since it has excellent dimensional stability and is easy to paint and glue. Natural (beige) ABS and black ABS are FDA compliant for use in food processing applications. The following physical property information is based on typical values of the base acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene resin.


  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Good machinability
  • Excellent aesthetic qualities
  • Easy to paint and glue
  • Good strength and stiffness
  • Relatively low cost


Machined prototypes

Structural components

Support blocks





Property ASTM Test Method Units ABS ABS FR
Specific Gravity D792   1.04 1.21
Compressive Strength D695 psi - 7,650
Flexural Modulus D790 psi 340,000 330,000
Flexural Strength @yield D790 psi 10,500 9,500
Hardness-Rockwell D785   R105 R97
Izod Impact Strength, Notched @–40°F D256 ft•lbs/in 2.7 1
Izod Impact Strength, Notched @73°F D256 ft•lbs/in 7.7 4
Tensile Modulus D638 psi 310,000 320,000
Tensile Strength @yield D638 psi 6,100 5,500
Flammability Rating, @.058” UL94   HB V-0
Flammability Rating, @.108” UL94   - 5V-A
Heat Deflection Temperature, @66 psi D648 °F 214 190
Heat Deflection Temperature, @264 psi D648 °F 203 162
Dielectric Strength D149 V/mil - 400

NOTE: The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers' complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.

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