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Project boxes, there are so many types out there, so many things you can use. You can DIY your own, or buy one, or modify one to fit your needs. Lately, I have been shopping around for quite a few of them. I have specific wants and needs for my purposes, as do most of us, and in that search I found two companies on Amazon that sell some really cool enclosures. Not just your average rectangular or square small plastic boxes, though I use those more often than not. I wanted to share them here since some people's minds may work like mine, you may look at them and think of some cool retro project ideas. I sure did!

Zulkit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NGGMKC3/

BUD Industries: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T592P0/https://www.amazon.com/BUD-Industries-PC-11495-Plastic-Natural/dp/B005T98PQS/

I really like those designs from those compaines, they really have a neat retro vibe to them, and they're not badly priced.

 

How do you do your project boxes?

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On 1/15/2022 at 10:05 PM, Scott Robison said:

You know those invisible boxes mimes get trapped in? I generally use those.

Those things are nigh indestructible! Thankfully, you just need your hands to mold them into any shape you need. No tools necessary. What sucks is when you forget about it, then it vanishes.

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I love all of those... I just wish the blue one came in a 19" rack size and the BUD cases came in something wide enough for a real keyboard...

In the meantime, I'm thinking about getting an analog joystick and encoder and building a PTZ controller for my cameras....

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@Strider, thanx for the urls! These are very nice looking cases! I'm thinking of getting some...

Here below are several cases of different fan projects around the world, which I liked the most, and saved as reference for possible future use.

Both Maximites use off the shelf cases with custom decorated front panels.
Both wees use off the shelf cases, and front panels are just custom PCBs, ordered at PCB Way or JLC PCB.
Not sure about READY 100 case, it looks like custom made, but materials don't look very hard to get or manufacture.

Original Monochrome Maximite
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Colour Maximite 1
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wee86 and weeCee
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READY 100
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I dug way further into this than I had intended, but in the process, I found some really nice enclosures for projects I am working on, and even more than give me ideas. I even managed to find some that resemble the Maximite and WeeCee cases, though the WeeCee cases are pretty common aluminum ones I have seen a lot of.

So far, here are some of the ones I have either already ordered, or will as soon as I can find them.

Current Projects: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T8YCOI/ / https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T5GQ04/ / https://www.hammfg.com/electronics/small-case/plastic/1592?itm_type=similar-product

Maximite Style: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T9JGCK/

I really like what this Hammond Manufacturing has to offer!

@TomXP411 Wonder if you could tare this board down and make it fit into one of those? https://www.amazon.com/Keyboard-Portable-Professional-Industrial-Computer/dp/B07DZZWD9W/

Smallest one I can find on Amazon that's not a handheld. 😜

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These all are cool cases too! Thank you!

This is offtopic, but sometimes there is a way to make your project look good without the case by making fancy PCB.
Here are some cool examples:
https://amperka.ru/product/cyberid-kit
https://amperka.ru/product/cybermetal-kit
https://amperka.ru/product/cyberbug-kit
https://amperka.ru/product/cyberlight-kit

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