Protocase Resources

The information below is intended to be helpful for customers who wish to learn more about enclosure design. Also, please use our online support if you have questions for our expert design staff.

   

Protocase Tech Tip Video Series

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Closed Corners in Solidworks

Cody gives us a rundown of the different ways you can close your corners when designing a custom sheet metal enclosure inside SolidWorks.


E-Drawings in My Account

Jonathan gives us an update on a new feature inside Protocase's My Account portal.


How to Precisely Move Objects in Protocase Designer

Mitch shows different ways to place objects precisely in Protocase Designer.

Inserting Self-Clinching Fasteners to Your Design

Cody talks about important things to know when adding self-clinching fasteners into your next sheet metal design.

Louvers for Your Custom Enclosures

Chris from Marketing talks about one way to have proper ventilation for your custom enclosure; by adding sheet metal louvers.

8 Ways to Minimize Costs

Taylor outlines 8 different ways that you can minimize costs for your next custom sheet-metal project.

Transfer Enclosure Designs in Protocase Designer

Chris discusses how to use the transfer enclosure design feature inside Protocase Designer.

Guide to Enclosure Styles

Cody guides you through all of the different custom enclosure styles that we can make here at Protocase.

Sheet Metal Louvers Update

Chris discusses what is new with sheet metal louvers.

Sheet Metal Step Bends

Allison introduces the process of step bending for custom sheet metal enclosures and parts.

Custom Copper Bus Bars

Chris talks about the advantages of utilizing copper in your custom sheet metal project as part of custom enclosure or as a standalone copper bus bar.

L-Shape versus U-Shape Enclosures

Cody is back to talk about the differences between l-shape and u-shape enclosure styles.

Basics of CNC Machining

Brian from our Engineering & Design Services team guides you through the basic concepts of CNC Machining.

CNC Corner Radius

Brian from our Engineering & Design Services team goes beyond the basics to give you a more in-depth look at an important concept of CNC Machining; corner radius.

Cutting Costs with CNC Machining

Brian is back with another CNC Machining tech tip! When it comes to CNC Machining, planning it critical.

Customizable Diecast Enclosures

Chris talks about our offering of customizable diecast enclosures.

Helical Inserts

Cody talks about the benefits of adding helical inserts (helicoils) into your CNC design.

Hybrid Enclosures

Allison is back to talk about hybrid enclosures! A hybrid enclosure is a combination of three different enclosure types; extruded aluminum sides, sheet metal top and bottom with a CNC machined front a

CNC Minimum Wall Thickness

Brian from our Engineering & Design Services team talks about the minimum wall thickness of your custom milled enclosure.

What Does No Minimum Order Mean?

Chris from Marketing gives you an explanation of what we mean when we say that we are "no minimum order".

Blanket Orders

Allison outlines our blanket order program.

E-Drawings Approval Process

Cody gives an overview of our e-Drawings approval process.

How to Care for Your Enclosures and Parts

Allison talks about different guidelines for caring for your custom enclosures and parts.

New Leadtime Options

One of our Account Managers Jonathan is here to explain our new leadtime options at Protocase.

Understanding Minimum Bend Dimensions

Moataz from Engineering & Design Services talks about minimum bend dimensions and how far cutouts should be from bend lines.

Anodizing Your Custom Enclosures and Parts

Chris from Marketing talks about the different types of anodizing finishes that are available for your custom enclosure or part.

Sliding Rails for Rackmount Enclosures

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the different sizes of sliding rails (drawer slides) for your custom rackmount enclosures.

Concealed vs Flush Self-Clinching Fasteners

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the difference between a concealed self-clinching fastener and a flush self-clinching fastener.

Self-Clinching Fasteners

Daniel from Engineering & Design Services talks about the wide range of self-clinching fasteners that can be used for your next custom sheet metal project.

Part Marking

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the different types of part marking (or permanent marking) that we offer for your custom enclosures and parts.

Rubber Feet

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the various styles of rubber feet that can be used for your next custom sheet metal project.

Expediting Your Quote

Dan from Engineering & Design Services gives you some important tips on how to get your next design quoted as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Handles for Your Custom Enclosures

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the various handle sizes that can be fastened to your custom enclosures or parts.

Hinges for Your Custom Enclosure

Chris from Marketing discusses the various types of hinges that we offer for your next custom enclosure.

Custom Cut Gaskets

Allison from Marketing tells you everything you need to know about getting custom cut gaskets for your next sheet metal project.

Self-Clinching Stud vs Self-Clinching Standoff

Cody from our Engineering & Design Services team talks about the major differences between using a self-clinching stud and a self-clinching standoff.

Choosing the Right Length Stud or Standoff

Cody talks about how to choose the right length of stud or standoff when designing your next custom enclosure or part.

Minimizing the Appearance of Fastener Heads

Cody discusses tips on how to minimize the appearance of a head of a self-clinching fastener.

Countersinking

Allison from Marketing talks about the process of countersinking and adding countersunk machine screws to your next custom enclosure or part.

Incorporating Plastics into Your Design

Cody guides you through the different types of plastic materials that we stock that you can incorporate into your next sheet metal design.

Custom Extruded Aluminum Enclosures

Chris gives you a rundown on the different enclosure styles that are available using our extruded aluminum.

Design Services

Dan from our Engineering & Design Services team gives you an overview of our design services at Protocase.

Basic Sheet Metal Design Tips

Cody gives you some basic advice when designing with sheet metal.

FAQS - Bending

Cody and Dan from Engineering & Design Services are back to answer frequently asked questions sent in from customers (and viewers).

Why You Shouldn't Dimension to a Bend Line

Cody gives you some advice when designing parts inside SolidWorks or any other CAD programs.

Overriding Bend Parameters in SolidWorks

Cody gives you some advice when designing parts inside SolidWorks.

Designing for Hem Bends

Cody talks about what you should know when incorporating HEM bends in your design.

Designing for Internal Bends

Cody talks about what you should know when incorporating internal bends in your design.

Notching Cutouts in SolidWorks and Protocase Designer

Cody continues his discussion on notching your cutouts when they are placed close to a bend in your design.

Using Notching for Cutouts Close to a Bend

Cody discusses a great option for when you are designing and need to place a cutout close to a bend.

How to Use the SolidWorks End Condition Feature

Cody shows you the different end condition options that are available for adding cutting features to your design inside SolidWorks.

Epoxy vs Polyester Powdercoat

Cody from Engineering & Design Services talks about the different powdercoat options that Protocase offers.

Standard Masking vs Custom Masking

Cody from our Engineering & Design Services team talks about the differences between using standard masking versus custom masking on your next custom enclosure or part.

Powdercoat Textures (Gloss vs Matte vs Sandtex)

Chris from Marketing talks about the various powdercoat textures that we offer as a finish here at Protocase.

Bare Metal Finishes

Cody from the Engineering & Design Services team talks about the bare metal finishes that we offer for your next custom sheet metal project.

Graphics: Digital Print vs Silkscreen

Janelle from our Engineering & Design Services team talks about the similarities and differences between using digital print and silkscreen for graphics.

Raster VS Vector Files

Janelle, our graphics specialist from our Engineering & Design Services team talks about the advantages of using vector files for your graphics.

Custom Sheet Metal Bracket Guide

Cody guides you through some of the most common sheet metal brackets that we can manufacture here at Protocase.

Protocase Designer Graphics Library

Chris shines the light on the Graphics Library within Protocase Designer, our 3D enclosure design software.

How to Design Vent Slot Cutouts As Quickly As Possible

Chris focuses on our 3D enclosure-design software, Protocase Designer, and how you can quickly create vent slot cutouts for your custom enclosures.

Tin Plating for Copper

Allison talks about a special finish for when you are making custom parts from copper, called tin plating.

Adding Rubber Feet in Protocase Designer

Chris shows you how to add rubber feet to your custom enclosure design inside Protocase Designer.

Aligning Objects in Protocase Designer

Chris shows you how to align objects inside Protocase Designer's face editor.

How to Distribute Objects in Protocase Designer

Chris continues with his panel project and shows you how to distribute objects inside Protocase Designer's face editor.

Laser Marking

Moataz introduces a new service at Protocase called laser marking.

Powdercoat Quick Hits

Allison gives you some quick hits that you may not have known about our powdercoat finish at Protocase.

Building a Retro Arcade Console in Protocase Designer

Dean designs a completely custom arcade-style enclosure using our in-house enclosure design software Protocase Designer.

Types of Welding

Cody discusses the types of welding that we offer here at Protocase.

Why We Use Cold-Metal Transfer Welding

Cody continues his discussion of our welding processes here at Protocase.

How the Ordering Process Works

Chris gives a rundown of the key steps involved in ordering your custom parts and enclosures with Protocase.

Creating Custom Cutouts in Protocase Designer

Mitch from our Engineering & Design Services team discusses 3 different ways to create custom cutouts inside Protocase Designer.

Quoting & Ordering Partial Designs in Protocase Designer

Allison shows you how to quote or order partial designs inside our Protocase Designer software.

Creating Fillets in Protocase Designer

Allison shows you how to create fillets inside Protocase Designer. A fillet is a rounded corner for a feature of your design.

3D Dimensioning

Mitch talks about the newest addition to Protocase Designer, the 3D dimensioning tool.

Powdercoat Colors and Classifications

Chris talks about the different powdercoat colors and classifications that we have here at Protocase.

Part Marking Methods for MIL-STD-130

Arnoldo discusses permanent-marking methods that are recommended for applications requiring MIL-STD-130.

Chemical Conversion Coating VS Passivation

Chris gives a rundown of the differences between using Chemical Conversion Coating and Passivation for improving corrosion resistance in sheet metal parts.