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ABS VS Polycarbonate

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and Polycarbonate (ABS Vs Polycarbonate) are commonly used in applications where high impact resistance is required. Items that carry heavy duty items, or that experience a great deal of wear and tear benefit from being made of either Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) or Polycarbonate.

For instance, many types of luggage are comprised of either ABS Plastic, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or Polycarbonate plastic material. The hearty properties of these plastics are appropriate for all types of luggage manufacturing.

Comparing ABS VS Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is the preferred material when manufacturers want to use a hardy, transparent plastic, that they can easily incorporate colors and patterns with. When considering polycarbonate, consider that polycarbonate plastic is clear, transparent in color, making it the ideal choice of material. When comparing, ABS VS Polycarbonate, for patterns and colors, polycarbonate always wins. Polycarbonate (PC) is also temperature resistant, and somewhat flame retardant/self-extinguishing.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a blend of three different plastic materials – Acrylonitrile, Butadiene, and Styrene. Together, the ABS plastic blend makes a nice impact resistant material that can be easily processed into various shapes, while offering a nice gloss property. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene plastic is also much more affordable than the more expensive polycarbonate sheet material. The Acrylonitrile in ABS plastic provides the chemical and hardness factor, the Butadiene plastic enhances impact resistance properties, and the Styrene offers heat resistance and excellent property enhancements.

Polycarbonate Sheet
Polycarbonate Sheet

Polymershapes stocks both Polycarbonate Sheet and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. Polycarbonate comes in sheets and can be ordered in an array of grades designed for your end use application (i.e. FDA, Aircraft, Abrasion Resistant, Flame Retardant, Graphic, etc.). Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene can be ordered in ABS Sheet and ABS Rod shapes. Glossy or matte can be selected for the finish, and there are 4 grades available to choose from when considering your end use application or product.

Polymershapes is the premier distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, and associated products, with over 70 years of industry-leading heritage. We have plastic distribution’s most knowledgeable plastic suppliers and highly trained sales and customer service team. In addition to these high-quality products, we also carry and stock, UHMW, Foam PVC, Acrylic, and Nylon. Specific types of plastics including, Tinted Plexiglass, a popular type of plexiglass, can also be ordered. We are the foremost source in plastic distribution.