ABS sheet is a widely used industrial material, especially as an engineering thermoplastic. It is made by the polymerisation of styrene and acrylonitrile on to thermoplastic rubber. The resulting mixture is melted together with styrene acrylonitrile to form what we know as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (or ABS for short!). ABS is an excellent choice of material for laser cutting.
ABS plastic sheet is generally available in two grades:
ABS plastic sheet has an excellent appearance with the following useful properties:
ABS plastic sheets can be lazer cut easily. Before or after laser cutting they can also be machined, turned, drilled, milled, sawed, bored, die-cut, routed and sheared using high speed carbide-tipped tools.
ABS can be machine finished by filing, grinding, sanding, buffing and polishing. It can be found in the following applications, very often processed with a laser engraver or laser cutter as part of its manufacture: