ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) was one of the first plastics to be used with industrial 3D printers via Fused Deposition and is still popular today due to its low cost and balanced mechanical properties. Known for its toughness and impact resistance, ABS is ideal for both prototyping & functional parts that will hold up to usage and wear such as manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures as well as end-use production parts.
Forge Labs uses Stratasys ABS-M30 material which is up to 70 percent stronger than standard ABS. ABS-M30 provides significantly better tolerances, layer bonding, impact resistance and flextural strength than consumer grade ABS.
Parts created using FDM are anisotropic as a result of the printing process and therefore mechanical properties as well as surface finish can vary depending on orientation. Unless otherwise requested, our technicians will select the most optimized print orientation for your design.
- Housings and enclosures
- Thick wall parts
- Jigs and fixtures
- Wear-and-tear prototypes