This material is easy to be extruded and is one of the most used in 3D printing to get very well finished objects. It is not suistainable and its smoke can be dangerous if inhalated. The reason to prefer this filament to PLA is mainly because of its precision and mechanical specs. ABS (for plastic) stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and it is a thermoplastic which is widely used in everyday objects. It can be printed with any FFF 3D printer which can get to high temperatures as it must be extruded in a range between 220° and 245°, such as FABtotum.
Its major technical specs are:
- it is very hard and resists more to warps and damages;
- it doesn’t deform easily;
- it is longlasting in performance and less subject to deteriorate if exposed (to light, humidity and so on).
- ABS filament, when extruded, tends to curl up: use an heated platform like FABtotum’s Hybrid Bed at least at 60°/70°C to avoid this. Apply a small amount of hairspray to stick the object on the surface;
- fan should be off to avoid the cold end of the Printing Head to warm;
- ABS can be smoky and smelly: use it in a well ventilated area/room;
- always choose high quality filaments like FABtotum’s ones.