Polycase has long been known as a leading U.S. manufacturer of plastic enclosures, and some of our most popular enclosures are made from a durable and cost-effective material called ABS plastic. But you might be wondering: What is ABS plastic?
That’s the question we’ll explore in this article. Our enclosure experts will provide an introduction to ABS plastic, explore its properties and discuss why ABS plastic enclosures could be right for your application.
ABS is short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. That’s quite a mouthful, so let’s break it down into some more basic terms. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is a thermoplastic polymer, a highly versatile type of plastic that’s used for many different kinds of manufacturing.
Thermoplastic polymers are useful because they become flexible (or moldable) above a specified temperature and solidify when cooled. That’s why thermoplastic polymers like ABS plastic are widely used in the process of injection molding.
Polycase DC-44P ABS Plastic Enclosure
ABS boxes are impact resistant and durable, but can easily be machined. That’s a major reason why ABS plastic is so commonly used in the world of electronics where box modifications are frequently necessary to accommodate connectors, switches, LEDs, etc.
ABS plastic is also one of the most cost-effective materials available today. It’s substantially less expensive than other popular manufacturing plastics like polycarbonate, which makes it ideal for large runs of consumer electronics and other projects that need to keep a close eye on material costs.
It’s important to note that ABS enclosures aren’t right for every use. For example, ABS is not inherently UV stable without added stabilizers, so it’s not usually a good choice for outdoor enclosures. However, for indoor enclosure applications, ABS can be a highly cost-effective and durable choice.
Polycase offers 26 different series of ABS enclosures, each providing a unique set of sizes, styles (such as low profile enclosures) and options available for your electronics project. If you need something for an outdoor project, we also have plenty of options for you there as well!
For suggestions to get started, our DC Series, LP Series and XR Series are great general use ABS boxes. They are a standard economical plastic enclosure with a large range of sizes available in both a flanged and unflanged variety. Each Polycase ABS enclosure comes with molded in PCB standoffs to mount your PCB board and a screw down cover.
Polycase XR-34F ABS Plastic Enclosure
More questions about ABS plastic? Need assistance selecting a plastic electronics enclosure? We’re here to help! Contact us via phone at 1-800-248-1233 or contact us online through live chat or email!