Fun fact: The term “bus bar” comes from the Latin word omnibus, which translates to “for all” in English. And when you think about it, that makes sense, since bus bars carries all of the currents. Here at Protocase, we custom manufacture copper bus bars, which are formed strips of copper for distributing current, mounting components and dissipating heat. These…

Sheet metal hinges

At Protocase, we are a one-stop shop for custom sheet metal and CNC machined enclosures, parts and panels. Our goal is to make exactly what you envision and require as quickly as possible, so we offer a full roster of materials, fasteners, finishes and components in-house. One of those components are hinges for sheet metal enclosures. A hinge is a…

Protocase Design Services

Turning your design concept into reality is Protocase’s speciality. If you have a project that requires custom sheet metal or CNC-machined low-quantity parts, we’re here to help make the process as simple as possible with awesome customer service, fast quoting and design resources. However, sometimes the act of turning your concept into a part-in-hand can be challenging. For instance, mechanical…

Cold Metal Transfer Welding at Protocase

When it comes to custom sheet metal parts and enclosures, welding can solve a whole host of design challenges. That’s why we offer various welding processes as part of our custom manufacturing, including spot welding, seam welding, fillet welds, plug welds, and tack welds. But without deploying the right welding methods, the process of welding light-gauge sheet metal can be…

When Protocase first launched in the early 2000s, our mission was to create a custom sheet metal manufacturing experience with fast leadtimes that was unbound by minimum-quantity requirements. Our two co-founders - Steve Lilley and Dr. Doug Milburn - knew from their own experience as mechanical engineers how it felt to have a project stall because a fabricator wouldn’t make…

Many of our design resources and tips are aimed to help you work within our manufacturing capabilities and make the best decisions for your specific requirements, in order to end up with a result that is both functional and beautiful. One aspect of a design that can be absolutely critical is budget constraints. Depending on your project’s goals, your industry and even your company’s status in the marketplace, coming in under budget can be the most crucial part of your design.

This blog post will outline some steps and measures you can take to help you save budget while ensuring you end up with a design that functions as intended.

When it comes to sheet-metal brackets, there are several standard styles and shapes. Each sheet metal bracket style serves a specific requirement for mounting a component, or being compatible with a particular surface shape. Here at Protocase, because we are here to help you get your projects done on deadline, we can manufacture just about any kind of metal bracket…

If you’ve ordered custom enclosures, parts or panels from us recently, you may have noticed some differences in the way we packaged your order. There’s a good reason for that. This blog post will outline how our packaging has changed, and why we decided to move to custom shipment boxes. The problem with how we were packaging With our old…

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…

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