ABS Alternative Bioplastics are a class of 3D printing filaments that have physical, thermal and chemical properties similar to those of ABS. Filaments with the ABS Alternative Bioplastic superpower may offer several advantages over printing with ABS.
One of the key properties of ABS Alternative Bioplastics is that they are made from organic, often renewable materials. For example, PLA is made from lactic acid derived from cornstarch. Biobased polymers are often biodegradable or compostable, which is great for recycling and sustainable printing however make sure you know the difference between 'biodegradable' and 'compostable'.
It is also important to understand the conditions required for biodegredation of the plastic to occur. This process usually requires high temperatures, humidities and the presence of the right micro-organisms. Whilst a bioplastic product may biodegrade in just a few months in an industrial composting plant, it may show very little signs of change after 6 months in a garden compost pile depending on the environmental conditions!
ABS Alternative Bioplastic polymers often print with little to no unpleasant odour, unlike ABS. Despite the low odour, you should always print in a well-ventilated area as 3D printing can be a source of ultrafine particles which should not be inhaled.
3D printing filaments with the ABS Alternative Bioplastic superpower are great options whether you're looking for sustainability or simply an alternative to ABS to experiment with.