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Raw and Finished Materials by Brian Dureu

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Thermoplastics

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FIGURE 3.1 Invention timeline of various polymers.

3.1 ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE (ABS)

ABS is a copolymer of acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene. ABS plastic is widely used because of its range of properties. It can be thermoformed into shape from sheet form, easily welded, and machined to close tolerances. ABS is highly impact resistant and possesses good strength and electrical insulating properties. It is a common plastic due to its availability and low cost. Different grades of ABS have been developed that possess special properties not normally found in standard grades; these include higher impact strength and heat ...

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