There are times when a 3D print requires some sticky finishing touches, especially when dealing with ABS. This material is very popular, and thanks to its chemical make-up, one can make use of some special substances to aid with post-processing. For example, a common use case is to join multiple 3D printed ABS parts.
Mixtures or solutions that can be applied to ABS vary and there’s a tendency to confuse them due to their similar composition. Of particular attention and interest is ABS glue, but two other substances include ABS juice and ABS slurry.
This article discusses ABS glue, especially in contrast to juice and slurry.
Before describing ABS glue and differentiating it from the juice and slurry, it’s important to know that all three are a mixture of ABS filament and acetone. The main difference, therefore, is the ratio of the two substances.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Before starting to make the glue, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area:
As a mix of ABS and acetone, ABS glue isn’t that easy to come by commercially. Other products, such as ABS cement, do exist, but they’re designed for functional parts manufactured out of ABS. Many aren’t designed to be “invisible” and therefore aren’t well-suited to 3D printed parts.
License: The text of "ABS Glue – What Is It & How to Make It?" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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