ABS is Widely Used For:

  • Machine housings, guards, and covers
  • Instrument panels
  • Models and prototypes
  • Point-of-purchase displays
  • Storage cases and display bases
  • Thermoformed displays, trays, and tote bins

Performance Characteristics:

  • Outstanding impact resistance
  • Easy to thermoform
  • Easy to machine
  • Easy to bond with adhesives
  • Strong and stiff
  • Low cost

Common Brands:

  • Royalite®
  • Polystone®


Outstanding impact resistant low cost plastic, easy to machine and thermoform

ABS is a low cost plastic material with outstanding impact resistance, machinability, and thermoforming characteristics. It is an excellent choice for machine housings, retail store fixtures, and point-of-purchase displays when impact resistance or durability is required.

ABS plastic is available in general purpose, machine grade, fire-rated, UV resistant, orthotic grade, FDA compliant grade, and scratch resistant grades in a variety of textures and colors. For ABS chemical resistance view our chart.

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SHEET Dimensions:
12 in x 12 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.060 in – 4 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 6 in
COLOR Sheet:
Natural, White, Off White, Black, Beige, Dark Gray, Light Gray, Red

Natural, Black
Texture, Surface,
Level Haircell, Smooth / Smooth, Haircell 1 Side
GRADES General Purpose, Fire-Rated, Machine Grade, UV Resistant, Scratch Resistant

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request.

ABS Properties and Material Options

Royalite® R20– thermoplastic sheet is a rigid ABS product with a combination of properties that makes it ideal for the widest range of applications. It has very high impact strength and stiffness, excellent high and low temperature performance, and outstanding formability. 

Royalite® R59– is a fire-rated ABS/PVC alloy sheet material, that is often used for transportation, architectural, and electronics applications that require UL certifications.

Royalite® R57– thermoplastic sheet is a fire-rated, rigid ABS/PVC product specifically developed to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements. It passes FAR 25.853b at 0.047” and above. It combines its light weight with very high impact strength, high tensile strength and stiffness, and excellent formability and ductility.

ABS Sheet for O&P– ABS has excellent thermoforming characteristics. Because of this, it is commonly used for back braces and fabric brace stiffening panels.

Tech Tip– Use Plexus® MA300, a fast-setting methacrylate adhesive, to create stronger bonds than the ABS itself.

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Typical properties of ABS
Tensile strength psi D638 4,100
Flexural modulus psi D790 304,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 7.7
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi °F D648 177
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F   160
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D570 0.30
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion in/in/°Fx10-5 D696 5.6

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

Explore the physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties of ABS.

Sort, compare, and find the plastic material suited for your application using our interactive properties table.


ABS Plastic Impact Resistance vs High Impact Polystyrene Bar Chart