Self Clinching Fastener Guide

For custom enclosures or parts, self-clinching fasteners are probably the most useful hardware components at a designer's disposal. They solve a whole host of challenges when it comes to mounting components, and because of their compact design and low profile, they provide excellent aesthetics as well. Self-Clinching fasteners are threaded nuts, studs or standoffs that are mechanically pressed into metal, becoming a…

Powdercoat Grey and Orange

Out of all of the finishing options we offer for your custom parts and enclosures here at Protocase, none are more popular than powdercoat. Engineers, designers and scientists choose it as a finish because it’s durable, striking and offers a wide range of options in terms of color, reflectivity and texture. Read on to find out everything there is to…

Anodizing Process

Anodizing is an electrochemical process wherein aluminum is placed in a liquid bath with an electric current flowing through it. This produces a chemical reaction that thickens the oxide layer on the surface of the aluminum, which in turn increases the materials durability. Anodizing can apply color to the metal or be applied as a clear finish. Anodizing in its…

Protocase Designer 5.0

Protocase Designer 5.0 is live! (Download it here, if you haven't already). You can now import STEP files of your components and accessories right into Protocase Designer so that you can design around them. Our team has worked hard to make this feature smoothly import your components and boards, so you likely won't need to do any prep work to…

Feature Photo

When it comes to CNC machining, planning is critical. Often, CNC machining designs and projects can get unnecessarily complex – and as with almost everything in life, time is money. Here at Protocase, we understand that some designs require precise detail that cannot be simplified, but if you want to reduce costs AND have the design flexibility to change features…

Minimizing Costs for Custom Sheet Metal Enclosures, Parts & Panels

One of the very first steps in making your vision a reality is knowing how much it is going to cost to have your design custom manufactured. At Protocase, we are the industry leader for custom manufactured parts, enclosures and panels made quickly, with a whole host of options so we can achieve a final product that matches your vision.…

When it comes to metal manufacturing, every type of machinery will have some limitations on the size, angles, curves and contours that can be achieved. CNC machining is no different. Beyond the size constraints of what CNC machinery can accommodate, another important consideration is corner radius. With CNC machining, it is generally not possible to achieve a perfectly sharp angle…

Bare Metal Finishes

Every week, Team Protocase is bringing you a Proto Tech Tip video, where we’ll give an informative look at a particular aspect of sheet metal fabrication and CNC Machining. This week, Cody from our Engineering & Design Services team the three options we currently offer for bare-metal finishes. If you prefer to not opt for powdercoat paint for your custom enclosures or…

Enclosure Blog - Featured Image

Here at Protocase, we can make just about any kind of sheet metal or CNC machined enclosure. Whatever you’re envisioning, we can build your design in 2-3 days (with no minimum order).  From rackmounts to consolets, L-shape and everything in between, there are many enclosure styles that we offer, which can be customized to fit the requirements of each individual…

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