ABS is short for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is the chemical name for this particular thermoplastic material. Besides being widely used for OEM and aftermarket automotive parts, ABS plastics are also used in pipes and golf club heads. Its rigidity, light weight and shock absorbency make ABS plastic an ideal material for manufacturing. Best of all, it is impervious to rust. An added benefit of ABS plastic is that you have the option of painting it to match or highlight your paintjob.
When a base metal, such as aluminum or iron, is combined with additional elements, the resulting metal mixture is called an alloy. The advantage of an alloy metal is that its basic ingredients are greatly enhanced when blended together. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. When the two elements are separate, they are less durable and not as attractive as when they are combined to form brass.
Instead of completely replacing your factory-installed grille work, you can simply add a bolt over billet grille. Besides looking great, they easily install using a straightforward system of bolts, brackets and clamps. Best of all, the mounting hardware attaches behind the stock grille, making it totally hidden from view.
Chromium is the 24th element on the periodic table, and it is the main ingredient in stainless steel. In fact, the reason that stainless steel is so resilient to rust, corrosion and tarnish is because of the high chromium content, at least 10.5%.
CNC is an abbreviation of Computer(ized) Numerical(ly) Control(led), an advanced manufacturing technique that integrates computers and metalworking tools. Using CNC, an operator can create complex 3-D designs on a computer in a language called G-code. The computer reads the code and translates it to a metalworking machine, which then recreates the design onto metal. The advantages of CNC manufacturing are greater precision, better consistency and more creative expression.
While magnesium is the 12th element on the periodic table, it is the 8th most abundant element on Earth, constituting about 2% of our planet's crust by weight. It is primarily used as an alloying agent, especially with aluminum alloys. When magnesium is added to aluminum, the resulting alloy is strong and quite resilient to corrosion.