Laser Engraving ABS Plastic

Laser engraving is a popular way of customising and marking a range of materials, including ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic. ABS plastic is a thermoplastic material widely used because of its lightweight nature compared to other thermoplastics, and its resistance to high and low temperatures. Let’s find out more about this versatile material…

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The Properties of ABS Plastic

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With a relatively low melting point (around 220 degrees Celsius) ABS plastic can be easily moulded at high temperatures and solidify at cooler temperatures without significant deformation. This makes it easy to process and an attractive material for use in a range of manufacturing settings.

ABS plastic has low heat and electrical conductivity. For this reason it’s widely used across a range of electronic applications such as enclosures, connectors and housing for electronic devices.

It’s also resistant to many chemicals, meaning it can come into contact with chemicals for prolonged periods without losing its initial properties. It is resistant to most acids and alkalis, as well oils, fats and hydrocarbons. This resistance makes it suitable for a range of industrial environments.


Types of ABS Plastic

There are many different types of ABS plastic, all of which are tailored for different applications.

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General Purpose ABS
This is the most common type of ABS plastic and has good impact resistance and moldability.

High Impact ABS
High Impact ABS is enhanced with fillers or additional butadiene; this is to enhance its impact resistance and offers an overall greater toughness.

Flame Retardant ABS
This type of ABS is formulated by adding flame retardant chemicals, allowing it to overcome the flammability of General Purpose ABS.

Plating Grade ABS
This type of ABS has excellent surface quality and is designed for applications that require a metallic finish.


Typical Uses of ABS Plastic

Due to its versatility, ABS plastic is used across numerous industries, as well as in many everyday items, from car parts and furniture to children’s toys.

Automotive Industry

Many car parts including dashboards, interior trims and wheel covers are made from this versatile material.


Because of its strength and durability, ABS plastic is used a lot in construction including in pipes, fittings and other building materials.


Thanks to its low electrical conductivity, it is often used as housing for electronic devises, as well as for keyboards and phone cases.

Household Appliances 

ABS plastic’s ease of processing makes it suitable for a range of household appliances including toasters, vacuum cleaners, kettles and coffee makers.


Applications of Laser Engraved ABS Plastic

Laser engraving on ABS plastic produces a crisp, clear and long-lasting mark. Let’s take a look at some of its applications…

From electronic goods to other household items such as toys and furniture, customising ABS plastic using laser technology is quick, easy and can increase profit margins.

In manufacturing where traceability of components is paramount, using a laser engraving machine to engrave serial numbers, QR codes and more is becoming increasing popular over outdated methods.

Prototyping and Model Making
ABS is a plastic that is widely used in model making and laser engraving helps to add intricate details to these protypes and models.

Companies can engrave even the most detailed of logos onto a range of promotional materials to increase brand awareness.



Whether it’s for traceability purposes, the creation of prototypes or for customising consumer products, there are a host of different applications created from ABS plastic. At Lotus Laser Systems, we manufacture a wide range of laser marking and engraving solutions ideally configured for laser engraving ABS plastic. Take a look below or get in touch, our experts would be happy to recommend which configuration best suits your application.

As one of the first commercially available UV laser marking machines, the Meta-C UV is able to mark practically anything. Designed to serve the commercial and industrial sectors, built with our time-tested Meta-C chassis, with a projected working life of over 15 years.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) Ultraviolet 5-15

Built for etching and engraving at speed, the Meta-C CO2 laser etching machine is a different beast to our Blu systems, built within the Gen7 Meta-C chassis, this 3D (3-Axis) Galvo CO2 laser source is extremely accurate and comes in a wide range of power options.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) CO2, Fiber, UV 5-200W

With more than twice the power commonly found in this size of laser cutter, the Blu70 delivers twice the cutting speed and cuts thicker materials more safely. Built to be the cost-effective and flexible solution for business and education alike.

Work Area Laser Type Power (W)
700mm x 500mm CO2 60

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