Plastic Machining with ABS Plastic

Plastic Machining with ABS Plastic

Pete Poodiack, VP of Sales and Marketing at Controlled Fluidics, talks about ABS plastic and what makes it a popular material for plastic machining and fabrication.

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ABS stands for "acrylonitrile butadiene styrene", but it's more commonly known by its acronym, ABS. This is a very popular thermoplastic used in a wide variety of applications. At Controlled Fluidics, we see this material used for enclosures, pipes, and fittings as well as for many other applications.

ABS is a relatively low-cost engineering plastic that's easy to machine and fabricate. It's also readily painted and glued. As a result, it's a popular choice for prototypes.

However, it also has good stiffness and great impact resistance, so it's commonly used for structural or enclosure components.

At Controlled Fluidics, we can get ABS in both rod and sheet form in a wide range of sizes from our partners at Quantum AEP. The stock shapes are available in black or white, however we can add different pigments that meet aesthetic choices.

This only covers the basics. Learn more about ABS plastic on our materials page.