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DIY: Shiny Metal Boxes

Protocase

Creating electronic gadgets can be a lot of fun, especially if the device is something cool like a tube amp or unique mini PC case. Crafting a decent home for your invention can be a bit of a bother, though. Many DIYers shoehorn their designs into an existing box from companies such as Hammond and Bud Industries. Another popular option is an old school wooden case, but these are expensive, time consuming and heavy.

There's now a better way. Protocase is a low volume metal case manufacturer based in Nova Scotia, Canada. They can customize an existing design or work from your sketch on the back of a napkin. Unique angles, custom cutouts and integrated mounting points are no problem. The final masterpiece can be powder coated and silk screened. The process is ideal for high quality semi-custom commercial products that will be sold in small quantities: expect to pay $100 or more for each finished case in small batches of around ten pieces.

To make the design process as simple as possible, the company offers Protocase Designer, a free software package that allows you to choose from a number of popular templates or build a completely custom 3D model of your desired design. Once complete, the design can be electronically submitted for production.

Protocase Incorporated - Custom electronic enclosures

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