When it comes to choose the enclosure of an electronic product, there are different options in the market that differ in risk, price and level of personalization.
Depending on the resources that we want to allocate to the design of a product, the creation of a suitable enclosure can be faced in different ways:
If the customer and the engineers who develop the casings of the product agree, after validation of the prototypes, the enclosure will be industrialized by means of the injection of the necessary plastics (in case of a plastic envelope) or the machining of the necessary parts (In case of an enclosure made of aluminium or any other ferrous material). This type of enclosure is suitable for those customers who demand a high level of personalization.
Design based on the modification of existing enclosures:
What about the materials? There is everything, but we must always take into account the rules of application. If what we are designing is an electric/electronic product and we want to do it in plastic, it is most suitable to use a fireproof ABS.
In Atelei, we always consider this aspect when it comes to showing our clients different options of enclosures.
Design based on rapid prototyping or silicone molds:
As an alternative to this type of injection in recent years we have seen an incredible proliferation of 3d printing. This type of technology, it gives for another entry in the blog and we will treat it later. Just indicate that 3d printing is not the right choice when it comes to production. This type of technologies are more focused for the validation of the products in a prototyping phase.
In Atelei, we are clear that in the end is the client who has the last word and therefore we try to advise you as best as possible in choosing the most appropriate option understanding the objectives of cost and volume of manufacturing.
As always we say goodbye indicating that we have done countless projects with enclosures of all kinds so do not hesitate and contact us for your new products (or the re-styling of the old... you never know!)
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