ABS, or Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is among the most popular 3D printing materials in the world because it is easy to print and strong. ABS is a durable plastic that can be used for making functional / end use 3D printed parts or prototyping.
Are you wondering how strong ABS really is? LulzBot 3D printers are built with parts printed with ABS. This means we rely not only on LulzBot 3D printers to print reliably for our own production, but we rely on the ABS parts themselves to last with heavy use. We operate a cluster of over 135 LulzBot 3D printers 24 hours a day, 5 days per week. In other words it’s safe to say ABS has passed the test.
ABS printed parts can be sanded or smoothed using an expert technique with acetone. Advanced users have found that visible layer height on ABS-printed items can be significantly reduced with an acetone vapor bath. This is a process in which the ABS print is exposed to acetone vapor for a period of time. This technique allows users to have smooth and glossy ABS parts.
Hot-end print temperature 220-250C