ABS film: suitable for a wide variety of uses

Dr Dietrich Müller GmbH

ABS film: suitable for a wide variety of uses

Today, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) is an everyday plastic that is widely used due to its surface hardness, high impact resistance and good resistance to weathering, aging and chemicals: for example, as a deep-drawn part for housings of household and electrical appliances. Foil made of ABS can be punched, deep drawn, painted, printed, mechanically processed and glued.

Properties of ABS film

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene or ABS in raw form is a colorless to gray or yellow solid. Compared to impact-resistant polystyrene (PS), for example, ABS generally has improved heat resistance, good aging resistance and mechanical strengths, such as high surface hardness and good impact resistance. In addition, there is good resistance to weathering and chemicals: ABS is insoluble in ethanol, mineral oils, oils and fats, diluted acids or alkalis.

  • high strength and rigidity
  • high scratch resistance
  • high surface hardness
  • low water absorption
  • good soundproofing properties
  • high impact strength, even in the cold
  • high mechanical damping
  • good thermoformability
  • good weldability
  • good adhesive properties
  • excellent electroplating properties

Areas of application for ABS film

  • Parts that are electroplated and exposed to high impact loads
  • Vehicle construction, e.g. body parts, chrome-plated moldings, battery boxes, radiator panels
  • Precision engineering and electrical engineering, e.g. Housing and operating parts
  • Sanitary engineering, e.g. fittings, shower heads
  • Others e.g. transport containers, textile reels, door and case handles, safety helmets

Additional equipment from ABS film

ABS film can be manufactured with a variety of additional equipment. In this way, ABS foils can be given an antibacterial finish. Additives enable increased impact strength and UV stabilization. Additives can make ABS film flame retardant. ABS foils can be supplied with a protective foil on one or both sides. It is also possible to incorporate a different-colored identification strip into the extrusion of ABS film.

Variants of ABS films

ABS-SG (high impact, silk gloss)
ABS-HG (high impact, high gloss)
ABS-MA (impact resistant, matt)
ABS-HH (increases heat resistance)
ABS-SE (with fire protection equipment UL 94-V0 or glow wire 650 ° C, railway standard EN45545R1, classification at 2 – 4 mm: HL2)
ABS-RE (from regrind, mixed colors or reworking, optionally as a mixture and / or with additional equipment)
ABS-CO (Coextrusion in variants of different material, color or surface combinations, 2 to 6 layers, rolls or sheets

Bonding of ABS foils with adhesive tapes

3M VHB adhesive tapes are particularly suitable for bonding metal together with ABS film. These are suitable for connecting the same or different high-energy materials such as aluminum, steel and ABS (here medium-strength acrylate foam types 4930, 4950, 4912, 4959, 4945).
An adhesion promoter such as Primer 94 (3M) can further increase the bond strength on critical surfaces such as ABS film. 3M adhesive tapes with 360 series transfer adhesive are often used to assemble ABS plastic housings or ABS punched parts, as well as attaching decorative panels or nameplates.

Delivery forms of the ABS film

ABS film can be supplied as a single punched part made of ABS film, as a punched part on a roll, as ABS tape material on a roll, as a sheet or as a cut.
ABS foil plate rod
ABS foil plate rod
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