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Printing On ABS Plastic

Unique Assembly & Decorating is one of the most knowledgeable and reliable companies in the industry for pad printing on ABS parts. With over 25 years of experience, we can decorate or print on almost any plastic material and surface with customers including product manufacturers, contract manufacturers, OEMs, and injection molders. We are in Downers Grove, IL and proudly serve customers throughout the country. 

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Pad & Screen Printing on ABS Plastic

We can pad print or screen print on most plastic types, offering a wide range of product varieties. Our ABS, or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is an opaque thermoplastic that does not need to be pre-treated. Relatively stiff and strong, it’s a cost-effective plastic type that is easy to print on. Additionally, it’s scratch-resistant and an easily recycled material, making it durable and better for the environment.


What is ABS Plastic?

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, which is a common thermoplastic polymer known for its toughness, impact resistance, and versatility. It's widely used in various industries for a wide range of applications due to its desirable properties.

Here's a breakdown of the components and properties of this type of plastic:

  • Acrylonitrile: This component provides chemical resistance and hardness to ABS. It also contributes to its heat resistance and strength.

  • Butadiene: This part imparts impact resistance and flexibility to ABS. It helps the material withstand sudden impacts without shattering.

  • Styrene: Styrene provides rigidity, glossy appearance, and processability to ABS. It also influences the material's overall aesthetic qualities.

What are the Properties & Characteristics of ABS Plastic?

  • Toughness: ABS is known for its toughness and impact resistance. It can absorb energy from impacts without breaking, making it suitable for applications where durability is crucial.

  • Heat Resistance: ABS has decent heat resistance, allowing it to be used in applications where exposure to moderate temperatures is expected. However, it may not be suitable for extremely high-temperature environments.

  • Chemical Resistance: ABS offers good resistance to chemicals, making it suitable for applications that involve exposure to various substances.

  • Electrical Insulation: ABS is an insulating material, which makes it suitable for electrical enclosures and components.

  • Versatility: ABS can be easily molded and extruded, allowing for a wide variety of shapes and forms. It can also be easily modified with additives to achieve specific properties.

  • Surface Finish: ABS has a glossy surface finish, which makes it aesthetically pleasing for certain applications. It can be easily painted or finished.

What are the Benefits of Pad Printing on ABS Plastic?

When it comes to pad printing on ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic, there are several benefits that make ABS a popular choice over other types of plastics:

  1. Surface Compatibility: ABS has a relatively smooth and glossy surface, which is well-suited for pad printing. The even surface texture allows for consistent ink adhesion and transfer, resulting in high-quality prints.

  2. Adhesion: ABS offers good adhesion properties for inks used in pad printing. The ink adheres well to the ABS surface without easily smudging or running, leading to sharp and well-defined prints.

  3. Durability: ABS is known for its toughness and impact resistance. This durability ensures that the printed images or markings won't easily wear off or become damaged, even with regular handling or exposure to mild environmental stresses.

  4. Versatility: ABS can be easily molded into various shapes and forms, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. This versatility extends to pad printing, where complex shapes and designs can be printed on ABS surfaces without much difficulty.

  5. Consistency: ABS is produced with consistent material properties, which ensures uniform printing results across multiple parts. This is important for maintaining brand identity and design consistency.
  6. Ease of Processing: ABS is relatively easy to process during manufacturing, which includes pad printing. Its surface is receptive to various ink formulations used in pad printing processes, making the printing process smoother and more efficient.

  7. Cost-Effectiveness: ABS is generally more cost-effective than some other high-performance plastics, making it an economical choice for projects that require pad printing. Its combination of good properties and affordability is a significant advantage.

  8. Widespread Usage: ABS is widely used in various industries, including automotive, electronics, consumer goods, and more. This widespread usage highlights its proven track record for successful pad printing applications.

Applications of ABS

ABS plastic is present in the world all around us. Some typical applications of this plastic type are:

  • LEGO bricks
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Keyboard keycaps
  • Automotive components (auto body parts)
  • Protective headgear such as helmets
  • Musical instruments
  • Plastic guards on wall sockets
  • Protective cases for power tools
  • Medical supplies
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Types of Printing/Decorating Options

We maintain an ISO 9001:2015 certification, and we offer a variety of printing options for ABS parts, including:

Our decorating services include hot stamping/foil stamping, foil banding, heat transfer decal decorating, and colorization/hologramming. We assure you we can cater to all your specific plastic printing needs.

At Unique Assembly & Decorating, we want to make sure you are satisfied and receive exactly what you envisioned. In addition to exceptional printing quality and customer service, we also offer value-added services including in-house color matching, in-house plate making and fixture design for single color and multicolor jobs, making us the ideal choice for your product decorating needs. 

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We have the capabilities to work with companies across the US and are excited to work with you on your upcoming project!

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Unique Assembly & Decorating, Inc.
2550 Wisconsin Ave,
Downers Grove, IL 60515