PC+ABS Injection Moulding

PC/ABS is a combination of PC and ABS that boasts the high processability of ABS with the heat and impact resistance and excellent mechanical properties PC. The ratio of polycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene affects mainly the heat resistance of the final product with the benefits of both materials combined to form a superior injection moulding material.

This page is for informational purposes only. Fern Plastics provides injection moulding services and does not supply the material.

Properties of Polycarbonate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (PC/ABS)

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PC/ABS plastic is one of the most widely used materials for plastic injection moulding due to its combined benefits from both polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. It is often used to mould plastic parts such as computer hardware, automotive parts and medical equipment due to its versatility. It offers improved strength over ABS plastics and can be modified to fit a variety of plastic injection moulding needs through the use of additives such as mineral fillers and flame retardants.

  • Flexibility to be easily processed
  • High impact strength even at low temperatures
  • Heat resistance
  • High-quality surface finish
  • Low overall shrinkage and high dimensional accuracy
  • Colourable & printable

Benefits of Using PC-ABS Material in Plastic Injection Moulding

There are a range of benefits to PCABS injection molding and PC/ABS polymers. Among other useful qualities, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is a high impact, easily processed plastic injection moulding material. Using the combined qualities of polycarbonate, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene, PC/ABS plastics have additional qualities such as heat resistant abs properties combined with the flexibility and high-quality surface finish of ABS plastics.

  • Easy processing
  • High impact strength, even at low temperatures
  • Good heat resistance
  • High level of stiffness
  • Low overall shrinkage and high dimensional accuracy
  • Recyclable
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Common PCABS Plastic Uses

PC/ABS is one of the most popular polymer blends on the market and one of the most widely used engineering thermoplastics in the world making PC/ABS injection moulding an extremely popular choice. PC-ABS is also a cost-effective alternative to PC. PC/ ABS is most commonly used in electronic and automotive industries including the following:

  • Business equipment housings and enclosures
  • Medical hardware
  • Electrical housings
  • Automotive exterior and interior components
  • Computers & monitors

PC-ABS Plastic Disadvantages

Whilst there are many benefits to PC/ABS injection moulding, there are some PC ABS plastic disadvantages that may affect the use of PC/ABS in your injection moulded project.

  • Poor solvent resistance
  • Low dielectric strength (not a good insulator)
  • Low continuous service temperature (melts easily)
  • Poor UV & fatigue endurance

Using ABS Materials for Your Plastic Injection Moulded Project

Harnessing the qualities of both polycarbonate and ABS, PC-ABS is an extremely widely used thermoplastic. It is a high-quality, low-cost plastic that can be adapted to fit the needs of your moulding production process.

To find out more about using ABS in your injection moulding, contact Fern Plastics now online or by calling 01902 758282 to talk to our team.