Tough materials for tough projects
- Simulates standard ABS plastics.
- High temperature resistance.
- High impact resistance and shock absorption.
For products and tooling
Digital ABS Plus is ideal both for product prototyping and for tooling. Extremely robust and able to withstand temperatures up to 68°C, it is designed to simulate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic, which is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. ABS plastics are tough and have a strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and physical impacts. This makes ABS a popular choice for a wide range of products, including electrical parts, snap-fit parts castings, technology casings and engine parts and plastics for both low and high temperature use.
Digital ABS Plus materials are available as:
- Digital ABS Plus Ivory (RGD515 Plus & RGD531)
- Digital ABS Plus Green1 (RGD515 Plus & RGD535)
Used in production
In addition to being an excellent prototype material, Digital ABS Plus is used by some manufacturers as part of the production process. Its high temperature and impact resistant qualities, along with cost-effective manufacture, make it an easy choice.
For example, Turck, an international business specialising in process automation applications, has just under 1,000 overmoulded products in its catalogue. It also designs custom applications, and for these it needs to produce prototypes. Historically, Turck had been creating steel injection moulds for prototyping. These had taken around 10 weeks to build and were very expensive. Turck was struggling to retain or win some business because of the length of time taken to design and deliver its products.
By switching to 3D printing, and using Digital ABS Plus as a modelling material, Turck has cut its prototype process down to just a few days, making it far more competitive and demonstrating its commitment to next-generation tools and approaches. Bringing 3D printing into the business has also allowed it to expand its business lines, creating more potential business.