ABS used to be a very popular filament type used for 3D printing, but it's rather hard to work with. This material is also used to make LEGO-blocks and is regularly used in injection molding. Also the smell during printing is at least unpleasant making it a filament used today for only specific purposes like higher temperature conditions or when the material comes in contact with gasoline. Due to high shrinkage the material may warp during print and create great inner forces, which could lead to layers tearing apart. For most properties PETG can replace this material resulting in a far easier print experience. In neutral state this filament is milk-white and prints at around 240 degrees. Also you can use acetone(vapor) to 'meld' the abs a bit, softening the layers and making them blend into each other, creating the illusion of a injection molded part.
How much 3D printing experience is recommended before using this material.
Determines how easy the material adheres to the printbed and can be removed from the bed without damaging either the bed or the print.
How tough is the material. From 1 star (very brittle) to very tough
The speed at which the material can be extruded. This is determined by how fast it melts and how viscous it is.
How well can this product be used in an outside environment. The material has to be able to withstand UV-radiation from the sun as well as water and cold weather.
How much smell does the filament produce while printing and how bad is the smell. More stars is better
The amount of energy that a material can withstand when a load is suddenly applied to it. It may also be defined as the threshold of force per unit area before the material undergoes fracture/
How well can the material handle temperatures before it starts to deform.