Where to find a low cost place for custom plastic enclosures?

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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Hi,
Briefly, I'm working on my own 3D model of a box/enclosure for my project, it will be around 5"X5"X2", and I'm looking for a low cost and good quality place for custom plastic enclosures. Any ideas or thoughts please!
PS: I'm aware of the 3D printers, but I'm anticipating making hundreds/thousands enclosures for my project.
Thanks
 
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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Low Cost and Custom do not usually go together!
Max.
if volume is involved, molding is a way to go but few hundreds (or thousands) may not be large enough to get you to price point you may expect....
Your premise is flawed. Far better to find a less than optimal solution off the shelf. If you build few, and sell a few, then you can consider the effects of cost reduction and economies of scale.
So, in your opinion, any places that you know of with reasonable costs that you may suggest/recommend?
 

Lumenosity

Joined Mar 1, 2017
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You can make hundreds (or thousands) with 3D printers.

But if you want better, most professional enclosures I was able to find 568,000 possibilities by Googling the following term.....

custom plastic enclosures

Good luck
 

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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
You can make hundreds (or thousands) with 3D printers.

But if you want better, most professional enclosures I was able to find 568,000 possibilities by Googling the following term.....

custom plastic enclosures

Good luck
I was already on Google and got more results than you've got (611,000 results ) and guess what, it got me more lost! :) :D.
I'm posting my question here because it saves me a LOT of time, also I will have more professional people and experts that can enlighten me way faster and are more authentic than just googling! ;):cool::):D
So, you mentioned that I can do 3D printing in large quantities; you literally mean thousands? Where? What about the quality? Cost?
 
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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Hello,

How custom must it be?
Have a look here for some ideas:
https://www.electronicase-us.com/
https://www.envplastics.com/

Bertus
You can make hundreds (or thousands) with 3D printers.

But if you want better, most professional enclosures I was able to find 568,000 possibilities by Googling the following term.....

custom plastic enclosures

Good luck
You see Lumenosity! :D . Read Bertus' answer! :) That's what am talking about! That's why we love this website and escape from Google! The Links that Bertsu provided are AWESOME!;)
 

Thread Starter

nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Hello,

How custom must it be?


Bertus
The cusomization am talking about here is almost a basic one. Just a small two pieces box (box + lid) with a few holes for screws! I think they have something similar to what am looking for in the first link. Thanks a lot bertus.
 

KJ6EAD

Joined Apr 30, 2011
1,570
Most of the well-known enclosure manufacturers offer customization such as drilling and milling to their standard products. I know I've seen this option offered on Hammond's website, for example.
 

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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Most of the well-known enclosure manufacturers offer customization such as drilling and milling to their standard products. I know I've seen this option offered on Hammond's website, for example.
Cool and thats what I wasnt aware of until bertus spoke about it. Thanks!
 

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nornandxor

Joined Dec 11, 2017
148
Hammond did some customization on NEMA 4 metal cases a long time ago for me. I didn't have to sell the farm to get it done.
Give them a call. You never know what is available unless you ask.
I just gave them a call and unfortunately they don't manufacture small sizes boxes. Thanks though.
 

DNA Robotics

Joined Jun 13, 2014
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Proto Labs, Inc., 5540 Pioneer Creek Dr., Maple Plain, MN 55359 USA 877.479.3680
keep sending emails. I haven't used them but I would check with them if I needed plastic parts.

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