Posts By Christa Carey

When Protocase first launched in the early 2000s, our mission was to create a custom manufacturing experience that was fast and 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 our single metal…

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 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 you need (so long…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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