Flush-head fasteners installed on an anodized panel

For custom enclosures or parts, self-clinching fasteners can be a designer’s best friend. They solve a whole host of challenges when it comes to mounting components, and because of their compact design and low profile, they are a win aesthetically, too. Self-Clinching fasteners are threaded nuts, studs or standoffs that are mechanically pressed into metal, becoming a permanent part of…

Protocase graphics specialist Josh Currie works on a customer's order

Here at Protocase, we make your design ideas come to life by manufacturing custom, fully finished parts and enclosures. A huge part of that “fully finished” look is having graphics applied to your part or enclosure. These graphics can be for labeling connectors and switches, displaying your logo or other branding, as well as other eye-catching symbols and artwork. In…

sheet metal selection

One of the first steps in designing an enclosure is choosing what metal you will use. In this blog post, I will first examine some factors to consider when deciding which metal is the best choice for your project. Following that, I will review each of our metal options in detail so that you can make an informed choice, as…

pockets

If you haven't used our free CAD software - Protocase Designer, there's no better time to give it a try. While there are several different ways to work with us to have enclosures, panels or parts custom-manufactured, many of our customers rely on this software. With Protocase Designer, you can easily and quickly achieve your design goals by designing exactly what you…

Step 2_Slide the PCB into the bottom piece

Of all of the custom enclosure styles we can manufacture at Protocase, the U-Shape is the one of the simplest to both design and build. Also known as a “clamshell” design, U-Shape enclosures are an excellent choice for printed circuit boards when a component protrudes from adjacent sides, such as a Raspberry Pi board displayed below. A U-Shape enclosure will…

Georgie 2

We consistently make your custom enclosures, parts and panels in 2-3 days. And the very first step in making your designs a reality is the quoting stage – you have a design, and you want to know how much it will cost to build it. Protocase Designer, our free 3D CAD software, is ideal for this – you can instantly…

CAD rendering of sheet metal panel with larger slot cutout pattern.

As an engineer, scientist or designer, you know that you need ventilation in your enclosures. Components generate heat, and that heat needs to get out – it cannot pass through solid metal, after all.  I’ve written this blog post to review ventilation design, as well as explain the options that we offer here at Protocase to create ventilation that is…

Douglas Ronne, Lead Software Developer at Protocase

Last month, we launched the newest version of Protocase Designer (4.6) – exciting, right? Since I’ve been with Protocase since the very early days, I’ve seen the company grow and expand in so many ways. One of the major ways we've grown has been our development and launch of Protocase Designer. Throughout the past decade, I have seen it continually improve,…

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