How to build a box for a project?

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sn4k3

Joined Sep 6, 2015
13
Hi,

My project is almost finished, and i want to build some clones to sell.
Making the PCB is easy, there are tons of sites that we can order PCBs, all they need is the files generated by Eagle and some info.
But i always had a question: Where to order a box to put the pcb and all the electronics?
I'm building a wall clock, something like 20cm x 20cm, i need glass in front (visor), material can be metal, wood, other.
I know about 3d printing, but is expensive and is all plastic, and i need a good design. Beside that i need some holes on the box for fit the power jack, button, some sensors etc.

Anyone with experience in this area?
Also my project is open source if someone want contribute or build a cad model it will be awesome.
Thanks
 

Alec_t

Joined Sep 17, 2013
10,590
The main electronic products suppliers (Farnell, Digikey, Mouser etc) sell project boxes in various sizes. Have you looked?
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
2,675
Draw a model of your box, and show it to companies who work with wood. Perhaps a furniture carpenter. Send the drawing to other companies as well. Metalworkers or companies specializing in plastic.
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
3,075
They are generic or can be customized?
Bud, Hammond, Serpac, Pac-Tek and many others make electronic enclosures, both in plastic and in metal. Most have a huge selection to choose from. Generally, they are supplied "blank" with no holes or access openings; those you have to drill, route or cut yourself. Start by looking here.
 
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