ABS, aka Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is a multipurpose material commonly used in 3D printing. ABS is the same material that Lego bricks are made out of and is a great plastic for fully usable parts. Final products made with ABS are very durable, withstand a wide range of temperatures, and tend to be more flexible than those in PLA. ABS is best used with a heated bed, as ABS contracts when cooled and large parts will pull off of a non-heated bed.
ABS plastic is not only easier to sand than PLA, but also dissolves in acetone. This means complex projects can be printed in smaller pieces and solvent welded together with a unbreakable hold. There are many post-processing options with ABS 3D prints, check out our video on ABS juice, glue and slurry.
Another common post processing procedure is vapor polishing. By leaving an ABS part in a container with acetone the vapor will dissolve a very thin layer on the surface of the part, erasing layer lines and bringing out a glossy finish. Check out our article and video on vapor polishing with acetone for all the info!
With sharp coloring and high opacity, our PRO Series ABS will give you the professional finish you desire. Besides the finish, PRO Series ABS is manufactured in the USA and features a tight dimensional accuracy.
All PRO Series filament is manufactured in the USA.
Check out the whole line of MatterHacker PRO Series ABS!