ABS is a 3D printing material that's great for mechanical strength and early stage rough prototypes. ABS is a cost-effective material for initial prototyping applications, and with post-processing options it can offer better surface finish than PLA.
ABS is fabricated using Fused Deposition Modeling technology (FDM).
ABS is a popular 3D printing material for its toughness and strength, which is why most consumer plastics use ABS. Note that for large 3D prints, ABS is susceptible to warping.
Since ABS uses a soluble support system (vs PLA, which uses a rigid support system), it's much easier to clean, which allows for more accurate geometries.
For more details on ABS material properties, including tensile strength and elongation at break, download our Material Properties Spec Sheet.
ABS prints at a relatively low resolution of 0.3mm - 0.1mm, (0.012" - 0.004").