I am building a hardware product prototype, and need to find a suitable enclosure. Designing and manufacturing an enclosure turns out to be tens of thousands of dollars, so I want to try some off shelf options. What I managed to find is not good for me, does anyone know any good online resources for off-shelf enclosures?
There are many options as follows and it all depends the purpose and stage you are at.
For example if this is for early stage POC and your internal team or if its for an Angel investor or Kickstarter/Indigogo type of thing.
Some good enclosures you can find at
2- http://www.protocase.com/ (Interesting...)
If its for Kickstarter type of thing you will need a new design, high quality 3D printing and painting, etc.
I could go on for 1 more hour, but have little time, hope this helps.
In my case I did a 3D printed model for my last invention.
Pablo Olivera Brizzio
Serial Inventor and Innovator
Per the answers below, there are a lot of sources for enclosures and they range from refrigerated trucks for rack-mounted power stations to implantable packaging for invasive medical products, so having some rough requirements (material, dimensions, and required external access) would help with providing feedback. A few sites that provide project boxes:
Also, these days producing printed enclosures can be quite cost-effective and there are tons of resources out there for this. If this is a proof-of-concept and the enclosure is an important component of the finished product then it may well be worth investing in a printed prototype. These can be made with various materials and sanded and/or painted to look like a finished product.
www.protolabs.com is a big player in this space, though there are lots of smaller firms and there is even a community of hobbyists that will produce prototype enclosures for cheap (though you can often get what you pay for).
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My system consists of roughly 3 enclosable units, all three need to be waterproof since they are for outdoor use. The shapes can be "boxy" I don't mind that at the prototype stage, and I could figure out a way to waterproof the extra holes I would drill to meet the needs of the inputs/outputs. The sizes are (roughly) 10"x8"x4", 6"x4"x4" and 3"x3"x2".
To go off of Douglas's questions, what are the top requirements your enclosure has to meet?
The shape looks great for the controller unit, but I wish it was twice the size :) Thank anyway though
It is for POC, so I would say we need 10 of the big ones, about 50 of medium and 150 of small ones. What kind of enclosures are these? Is it possible to see a picture anywhere? Thanks for your help everyone.
Maker Bot. Essentially 3-d print what you need. There are many solutions that can walk you through the process and the printers out there have really come down in price.
new age enclosures
How many do you need? My company has many left over from our previous V1 hardware we no longer use but its brand new. Also you could try to cost out what a 3D printer may be able to do.