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    • CommentAuthorjtrmachine
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2022
    What is ABS?
    CNC Machining ABS is a common thermoplastic that is known for its high impact strength, good heat resistance, and outstanding machinability. It can be used both for 3D printing and CNC milling, but in this article, we will focus on CNC machining ABS. For a guide to 3D printing, check our other piece on ABS. 
    The properties and cost-effectiveness of ABS make this material a great choice for various prototyping applications. More on that later.

    How to CNC Machine ABS?

    ZMorph VX Multitool 3D Printers have a sturdy design that makes them excellent CNC milling machines for materials like ABS. Using a CNC PRO milling tool head, you can either cut or engrave ABS sheets, depending on the desired result. How? Read on.

    Voxelizer Settings

    Depending on what you want to achieve and the thickness of your ABS sheet you can safely choose between 1-15 mm/s milling speed. Don’t go in too deep because the end mill can clog, which will result in a failed project.

    Workpiece Holding
    For a detailed guide on workpiece holding, we’ve prepared another article. You can read it here. Proper material mounting is a crucial factor during CNC milling. If the material is loose, the work will most likely fail.

    ABS Applications
    The widely popular ABS plastic has many applications but is mostly used in prototyping. Other favored ABS applications include casings, protective elements, and car parts. 

    Health & Safety
    Although ABS is a relatively safe material to use, you should be aware that it releases fumes when it is burned or melted. Always work in a well-ventilated space, and if you start to feel lightheaded or your head starts to pain, stop what you're doing, get out of the room, and go outside.

    As always, we advise you to exercise caution when near the machine, particularly if it is on. Long hair or any other loose objects could become tangled in the machine's moving gears and hurt you. While the equipment is in operation, avoid touching any of its moving parts.