Protocase manufactures fully finished custom electronic enclosures and associated parts from a wide variety of materials and components, in 2-3 days with no minimum order. Protocase also provides expert and affordable enclosure design services.
Extruded Aluminum Enclosures
Protocase currently offers two stocked 6063 aluminum extrusions:
1U Height: 1.72" | 43.688 mm
2U Height: 3.47" | 88.138 mm
Extruded aluminum enclosures are extremely useful for creating PCB enclosures, as the extrusion's slots allow for easy mounting of printed circuit boards.
Protocase can build your completely customized extruded aluminum enclosures in 2-3 days, in the quantity you require (there is no minimum order - ever!). We offer a wide variety of custom finishes in order to achieve a professional, high-quality look, as well as custom cutouts, fasteners and other hardware.
For an even more durable and sophisticated option, check out our Hybrid Enclosures.
Our stocked extrusions are 6063 Aluminum. Top and bottom panels specifically must be 0.064" (mm) 5052 aluminum in order to fit the aluminum extrusion's slots. The front and rear panels in an extruded aluminum enclosure are also typically 5052 aluminum, though any of our stocked sheet metal may be used instead.
Front & Rear Panel Options:
Choose from one of our six standard faceplate styles - or design your own:
- → Type A - Contoured sides with top and bottom flanges
- → Type B - Straight sides with top and bottom flanges
- → Type C - Profiled sides with flush top and bottom
- → Type D - Straight sides with contoured top and bottom
- → Type E - Contoured sides with straight top and bottom
- → Type F - Straight side, top and bottom
You can mix the panel types to have different combinations, as well as make other customizations to the panels. For instance, you can extend the sides of the front panel in order to mount the enclosure in a rack, or you can bend out the bottom flanges to use as mounting flanges for securing the enclosure in position.
We use #6 thread-forming screws for attaching the front and rear panels.
Self-clinching fasteners cannot be inserted into an aluminum extrusion unless a particular area on the extrusion is CNC machined first in order to insert the fasteners.
Fasteners can be installed in any of the enclosure's panels, as long as the fastener doesn't interfere with the extrusion once the enclosure is assembled.
The aluminum extrusions (side rails) come in a bare aluminum mill finish. Powdercoat and/or chem filmed can be applied to the extrusion as a secondary finish. We do not recommend applying anodizing to aluminum extrusions.
The panels in an extruded aluminum enclosure can have many of our finishes applied (either for all four panels, or part-by-part):
Graphics & Permanent Marking:
The panels in an extruded aluminum enclosure can have graphics and other marking applied:
|Key Dimensions||1U Extruded Enclosure||2U Extruded Enclosure|
|External Height||1.72" | 43.688 mm||3.47" | 88.138 mm|
|Internal Height||1.443" | 36.6mm||3.194" | 81.1mm|
|Maximum Length||35.0" | 889.0mm||35.0" | 889.0mm|
|Maximum Width||23.0" | 584.2mm||23.0" | 584.2mm|
|Minimum Length||2.0" | 50.8mm||2.0" | 50.8mm|
|Minimum Width||1.625" | 41.275mm||1.625" | 41.275mm|
We are happy to provide custom or non-stock extrusion profiles for additional charges and an extended lead time.
|Key Resources||1U Extruded Enclosure||2U Extruded Enclosure|
|Extrusion Dimensions||Download (.pdf)||Download (pdf)|
|Side Extrusion||Download (.zip)||Download (.zip)|
|Extrusion Case Guide||Download (.pdf)||Download (.pdf)|
|Extrusion Case||Download (.zip)||Download (.zip)|