ABS 3D Printer Filament

What is ABS?

ABS is a common 3D printer filament, famous for its strength. However, ABS is also infamous for warping and being generally environmentally unfriendly.

We have changed this. Our rABS is an engineering-grade filament, made from >60% recycled materials to reduce the use of virgin ABS and lower energy demand. We have also ensured that the material features minimal warping, as well as excellent adhesion – both interlayer and to the bed.

Filamentive rABS has enhanced strength compared to regular ABS making it ideal for functional prototypes and end-use parts.

64% Recycled plastic

Available colours

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ABS filament?

The long name for ABS filament is Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. ABS filament is an industrial-grade material for 3D printing, used by 3D printers users to produce strong 3D prints which are also resistant to physical impacts and chemicals.

Why use ABS filament?

ABS filament should be used when mechanical properties above the capabilities of PLA are required. ABS filament should be used for functional prototypes and end use parts which may be subject to physical impacts.

Which is better PLA or ABS filament?

PLA filament is plant-based, less toxic and easier to 3D print than ABS; however ABS filament may be better for your 3D printing application if you 3D print requires strength, impact resistance and / or a level of heat resistance above 55°C.

How strong is ABS filament?

When looking at elongation-strain at break – the percentage increase in length that a material will achieve before breaking – ABS offers a value of 34%, stronger than PLA which is 20%, inferring that ABS has better load-bearing capability.

Is ABS filament toxic?

Filament ABS filament is ROHS and REACH compliant which ensures there are no toxic ingredients in the formula.

However, ABS does inherently give off a toxic chemical when heated. It is certainly advisable to print with an enclosure and also in a well ventilated environment to reduce any impacts of the fumes.

How to dry ABS filament?

If your ABS filament is showing signs of moisture absorption, you can dry ABS filament, by dehydrating the material in an oven for four to six hours at a temperature of 65 degrees celsius. Please follow equipment healthy & safety guidance.

Is ABS filament recyclable?

ABS plastics are generally recyclable. ABS filament has been proven to be 100% recyclable – some high volume 3D printer users shred their 3D printing waste and extrude it into 100% recycled ABS filament.

How to get ABS filament to stick?

Possible causes of ABS filament include, but are not limited to: build platform leveling, nozzle starting too far away from bed, first layer printing too fast, temperature settings and build platform adhesion.

To get ABS filament to stick, firstly ensure your heated bed is at ≥90°C, consider using a PEI sheet or perhaps an adhesive such as Dimafix.