ABS-like in 3D Printing


3D printing has revolutionized manufacturing, allowing individuals and businesses to create objects with incredible precision and customization. Among the various materials used in 3D printing, ABS-like filaments hold a significant place due to their durability and versatility. In this guide, we'll delve into the world of ABS-like filaments, exploring what they are, how they work, and their applications in 3D printing.

What are ABS-like Filaments?

ABS-like filaments are a type of thermoplastic used in 3D printing, mimicking the properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic. ABS is a common engineering thermoplastic known for its toughness, heat resistance, and strength. However, ABS can be challenging to work with due to its high printing temperature and tendency to warp during cooling. ABS-like filaments offer a solution to these challenges by providing similar characteristics while being easier to print.

Figure 1. Formula of ABS.Figure 1. Formula of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). (Takumi Okada, et al.; 2016)

Composition and Properties

ABS-like filaments are typically composed of a blend of thermoplastic polymers, additives, and modifiers. These formulations are engineered to replicate the mechanical and thermal properties of ABS plastic. While the exact composition may vary between manufacturers, ABS-like filaments generally exhibit the following properties:

Durability: ABS-like filaments are known for their toughness and impact resistance, making them suitable for functional prototypes and end-use parts.

Heat Resistance: Similar to ABS, ABS-like filaments can withstand moderately high temperatures without deforming, making them suitable for applications requiring heat resistance.

Flexibility: ABS-like filaments offer a degree of flexibility, allowing for the printing of objects that require some level of bend or deformation.

Machinability: ABS-like filaments can be post-processed using methods such as sanding, drilling, and machining, allowing for further refinement of printed parts.

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How ABS-like Filaments Work in 3D Printing

ABS-like filaments are compatible with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers, which is one of the most common 3D printing technologies. In FDM printing, the filament is heated to its melting point and extruded through a nozzle onto a build platform layer by layer to create the desired object. The key steps involved in 3D printing with ABS-like filaments include:

Preparing the Printer: Before printing, the 3D printer must be properly calibrated and the print bed leveled to ensure adhesion. Additionally, the printer's temperature settings need to be adjusted to accommodate the specific requirements of ABS-like filaments.

Slicing the Model: A digital 3D model of the object to be printed is sliced into thin layers using slicing software. The software generates instructions, known as G-code, that guide the printer on how to deposit the filament layer by layer.

Printing the Object: The sliced model is transferred to the 3D printer, where the ABS-like filament is heated and extruded onto the build platform according to the instructions provided by the G-code. The printer deposits successive layers of filament until the entire object is formed.

Post-Processing: Once the printing is complete, the printed object may undergo post-processing steps such as sanding, smoothing, or painting to achieve the desired finish.

Applications of ABS-like Filaments

ABS-like filaments find a wide range of applications across various industries due to their versatility and durability. Some common applications include:

Prototyping: ABS-like filaments are frequently used for prototyping in product development, allowing designers to quickly iterate and test their designs before production.

Functional Parts: The toughness and durability of ABS-like filaments make them suitable for producing functional parts such as gears, housings, and mechanical components.

Tooling: ABS-like filaments can be used to create custom jigs, fixtures, and tooling for manufacturing processes, offering cost-effective solutions for small-scale production.

Educational Purposes: ABS-like filaments are popular in educational settings for teaching 3D printing principles and design concepts due to their ease of use and wide availability.


ABS-like filaments are a valuable addition to the repertoire of materials available for 3D printing, offering a balance of durability, flexibility, and ease of printing. Whether you're a hobbyist, entrepreneur, or engineer, understanding the properties and applications of ABS-like filaments can unlock new possibilities for creativity and innovation in 3D printing. With continued advancements in materials science and manufacturing technologies, the future holds even greater potential for ABS-like filaments to reshape the way we design and create objects.


  1. Takumi Okada, et al.; Improvement of low-temperature impact value of sandwich-structural (CFRP/ABS/CFRP) laminate plies by Homogeneous Low-Energy Electron Beam Irradiation (HLEBI). MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS. 2016, 57(3):305-311
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