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ABS is a plastic formed from acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. It's called engineering plastic because it's a material with superior mechanical and thermal properties than conventional plastics, which also implies greater printing difficulties.
Due to its composition, ABS has the following properties:
The combination of these three blocks makes ABS a plastic widely used in industrial sectors such as the automobile or in products in common use (toys, electrical appliance housings, etc.). As a consequence of its widespread use in the industry, this material was one of the first to be used in 3D printing together with PLA.
Contrary to PLA, ABS can be easily post-processed: machining, polishing, drilling, gluing or painting with ease and without the need for special tools or products.
|Material||PLA Basic||ABS Basic|
|Requires Hot bed|
|Gives off odors|
ABS Basic Grey Filament is a 3D printing filament made in Europe. The main characteristics of this material are its resistance, toughness and opacity. ABS Basic Grey is available in 1 Kg spools and in diameters of 1.75 mm and 2. 85 mm; formats compatible with a large number of 3D FDM printers on the market. ABS Basic Grey stands out from other filaments of the same material for its great value for money; offering very good results at an affordable and competitive price.
3D printing with ABS Basic Grey filament has some complexity compared to other materials. The optimal extrusion temperature for ABS Basic Grey is around 230ºC, slightly higher than PLA. ABS Basic Grey requires the use of a heated bed, which must be between 90 ºC and 120 ºC. It's also recommended to cover the printer bed with Kapton Tape, BuildTak, DimaFix, Magigoo or with 3DLac to achieve a good adhesion of the first layer and thus avoid possible deformations such as Warping.
It should be noted that ABS Basic Grey is a hygroscopic material, which means that it absorbs moisture from the air. This can cause a decrease in print quality. To keep the filament free of moisture, it's recommended to store the spools in vacuum containers such as those from PrintDry or use a PrintDry II filament dryer.
In the usage tips tab you will find more interesting information to get the best results using this ABS Basic Grey filament in your 3D printer.
|Impact strength (KJ/m2)||44.2|
|Elongation at break (%)||40|
|Tensile strength (MPa)||42|
|Flexural strength (MPa)||68|
|Flexural modulus (MPa)||2255|
|Softening temperature (ºC)||105|
|Chemical resistance||Chemical resistance|