Questions tagged [enclosure]

An enclosure is a box to hold your electronic device.

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Closed enclosure thermal design the right way

I have a circuit board that works quite well (processor, screen, power supply). It has been tested successfully for an open aluminium enclosure, but now it will need to fit a rugged 100% closed box. ...
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How can I safely use an aluminium enclosure without an earthed socket

For a mains-supplied circuit I want to use an aluminium case, so the case can act as a heat sink. However, I want it to be safe, also when there's no earth connection in the socket where the circuit ...
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Help in identifing these 2 materials

i would like to know if anyone of you recognize these 2 materials and what they are used for ? A material sticky on one side normal on the other , used between capacitors and aluminum enclosure . A ...
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How to mount the PCB in a watertight die cast aluminium enclosure?

I would like to know how to secure the PCB into a watertight die cast aluminium enclosure that has no visible mounting posts. There are plenty of those on the Hammond website, and I don't understand ...
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how to drill anti-rotation holes in enclosures?

I am wondering how those holes with a flat for connectors are opened in enclosures. I'd like to know how do to it when prototyping world and in production for aluminum and in plastic.
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Cooling an outdoor electronics enclosure

I built an outdoor enclosure which contains electronic devices (cable modem, router, battery backup, MCU, etc) for a long-distance internet connection. The enclosure is made of insulated metal panels ...
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Large Battery Cell mounting in Enclosure

I am trying to figure out the best way to mount a battery like this (http://www.batteryspace.com/polymerli-ionmodule37v10000mah37wh85arate-prewiredwithpcbpl9059156.aspx) onto a 8" x 6" PCB. There do ...
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Making aluminium conductive for an RF shield enclosure

I'm not sure if it's appropriate to ask here, but I would assume many people in electronics would have experience with this. I'm enclosing an RF sensitive PCB into an sealed aluminium enclosure. ...
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enclosure fabrication resources for the upscale hobbysist [closed]

I recently saw a beautifully made 1RU 8Ch microphone pre-amp that was in a beautiful enclosure with a very pro looking faceplate and so on. The engineer wouldn't share who made it for semi-obvious ...
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What is a suitable material to cover photo voltaic panels?

I'm building a small, portable, modular solar panel array to charge 5V power banks, phones, etc. I got most of the electronics down, the Step-Up converter, by-pass diodes, blocking diodes, as well as ...
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EMC shielded box with transparent window?

Is there such a thing? I would like to put my board in a box to isolate it from radiated emissions externally and also limit emissions from the board to the outside. I would also like a transparent ...
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Will enclosing a brushed DC motor significantly reduce it's lifetime?

I designed a 3D printable LEGO-compatible enclosure for an inexpensive brushed DC motor. The intended use is outdoor holiday decoration, so I fully enclosed the motor to weatherproof it. LEGO ...
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If my electronics are outdoors in a ventillated NEMA 4 enclosure, should I conformal coat my circuit boards?

I'm considering putting a circuit board in a ventilated NEMA 4 enclosure outdoors. I'm a little concerned about humidity and condensation inside the enclosure. Do I need to conformal coat my circuit ...
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Are plastic enclosures safe for hobby mains voltage projects?

This may seem an obvious /silly question, but bear with me because I want you to consider it from a pragmatic view point. I have a fledgling project that will be mains powered and fit in a space ...
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What tests should I perform before I claim my enclosure is Type 1?

I've seen varying definitions of "type 1" enclosure, and most of them are informal. I've also heard it informally explained that I should be able to drop a screw into the top of the unit and not have ...
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Is there a standard for maximum torque that should be used to fasten PCBs to an enclosure?

I am looking for a standard or guideline which describes how much torque should be used to fasten a PCB to an enclosure using different types of fasteners. For example, we use M3 hex nuts in a ...
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What are methods used to cool a small residential enclosure (cabinet)?

I have a cabinet in which I intend on putting the following: A server A switch A MODEM Other AV equipment The cabinet is probably 30 cubic feet in volume. It doesn't have slots for ventilation - it ...
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Waterproof enclosures

I have a simple farm gate monitor which I'd like to put in a rugged waterproof enclosure to keep it dry enough to operate outside for approximately ten years with no maintenance other than the ...
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Bluetooth Modules in a plastic enclosure

I would like to implement a bluetooth functionality in my project, preferably using STMicroelectronics SPBT2632C1A.AT2, with a protective enclosure. But I read from multiple sources that bluetooth ...
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Enclosing/Casing Design for electronics (electronic eng. vs industrial designer)

I have been wondering, this since i dont have that much experience in product design, but, who is supposed to do the case design of an electronic product? the industrial engineer or the electronic ...
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Why are some mounting holes connected to ground?

Why are plated mounting holes connected to ground ? I read that if you are connecting your board to chassis ground, then it should be connected at only one point and connecting say 4 mounting holes ...
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Creating a waterproof project enclosure

I recently got an otterbox drybox for my phone. I was sitting and thinking that its waterproof, crushproof, and big enough to fit what I need as well protective foam. I realized this would make an ...
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How to install an embedded GPS patch antenna

How should I install an embedded GPS antenna? Here is the antenna in question: the antenna http://www.robotshop.com/media/catalog/product/cache/7/image/800x800/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/e/...
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Covering exposed contacts on a toggle switch

I need to mount a mini toggle or rocker switch to the outside surface of a box. For various reasons I cannot drill a hole, so the entire switch needs to be freestanding or glued to the surface. (There ...
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Light- and vapor-tight enclosure entry [closed]

I am trying to find a way to install a component in an aluminum box. This component comprises a rectangular unit measuring about 80mm by 100mm and a power supply of similar dimensions joined by a 5mm ...
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EMC Design of Aluminium Enclosures

When designing Aluminium enclosures (rack mounted units), I've previously used an Iridite NCP finish to ensure electrical conductivity between panels (i.e. no oxide). Does anyone have any papers or ...
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Grounding PCB to enclosure

I am designing a small sensor which fits into a custom aluminum enclosure. The sensor uses CAN bus and a long cable to connect it to the host and power. The shield of the cable will ground the ...
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Using an arduino in below-freezing temperatures

I intend to use an Arduino in an environment with highly variable weather. It will be an outdoor project staying outside during the entire year with temperatures ranging from a maximum high of ...
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How to make whole top side of project box glow uniformly?

I have a transparent project box encasing my breadboard with an LED on it. I want to use this LED to make the whole top of the box glow uniformly. Does anyone have any ideas? I tried using soft ...
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Weather proof enclosure for Raspberry Pi

I have built a device based on Raspberry Pi who have to be located on a house's roof. I use an IP67 enclosure with IP69 pressure compensation element with gore-tex membrane. I add silica gel before ...
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Are there any transparent enclosures or housing options out there for the Stellaris LaunchPad?

I come from an Arduino background, where there are a number of enclosures available for the standard board sizes. We've just installed some software on a Stellaris LaunchPad at work, and we want to ...
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Can a soapbox-sized device dissipate 10-15W of heat? If yes, how?

Some time ago, I built a soapbox-sized battery testing device. One of its functions was to discharge batteries at a specified current, and it handled most of the common battery sizes well, but its ...
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Weather protected enclosure

I'm planning to assemble x86-based computer equipment and place it outdoors, on the balcony, which has no protection from the elements, except for the concrete floor and roof. The temperatures here go ...
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Should I look for Aluminum or plastic enclosure for UPS

I am on the process of material selection for the UPS I am prototyping. My plan is to manufacture a product that should finally go to the market. I am relatively new to the manufacturing and I would ...
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Ideas for what to use as project enclosures/cases

I have seen myself working on a growing number of projects over the past few months. The one thing I have started to dislike is seeing the circuit board (and often my messy soldering) after I consider ...
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Designing electronics and their enclosures for the outdoors

I think the title captures it, but to expand upon this further. What are some of the best practices that you use to place electronics outdoors? Include what you do for the cases and mention issues ...
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Fabricating control panels

Electronic projects that aren't in a box are fragile. I have a project completing soon that has a reasonably complex control layout. It's going to need some manner of control panel that includes ...
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UK AC socket for mounting in enclosure

Where can I find a female AC power socket plate/panel and a male computer cable plate/panel which can be installed in an electronics enclosure? I am building a sousvide PID controller which will allow ...
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Thinest insulator between metal case and PCB?

For a miniature product, I want the smallest possible product enclosure around the PCB. I figure I can get away with a 1mm thick metal sheet enclosure. But I (probably) also need an insulator between ...
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Determining Battery holder wiring?

I'm looking for a battery holder for 3-4 AA or AAA batteries in series (I'm targeting an output voltage of 4.5~6V). I found a variety of options on Mouser, but the ...
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Do you need to UL Certified the enclosure with the board inside?

I want to use the RaspberryPI in an industrial environment that requires all devices have UL certification. The RaspberryPI board has UL certification but there is currently no enclosures that are ...
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Electrostatic properties of plastic enclosures

I'm building a small project and have some electronic (IC) boards I would like to pack in a nice enclosure. I made an enclosure from PMMA (Acrylic) that looks nice but someone told me that it is not ...
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Standard case mounting hole interstitial distance

I bought a polycarb box to house a PCB I'm creating. IP65, marvellous. In in the corners inside the box are threaded stand-offs, but no documentation was supplied and running the product code through ...
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How to wire AC power to an integrated DPST switch?

I have an IEC C14 power connector (like those on PC power supplies). The connector has an integrated DPST switch, however the power pins are not connected directly to the switch-- I have to do that ...
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Fixing a transformer inside a metal case

I want to fix this transformer inside the case you see in the picture. It doesn't matter if it lands on the bottom, walls or the ceiling of the case, I just want to learn how to fix an element like ...
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Repairing consumer electronic plastic enclosures [closed]

About the slightly brittle rigid black plastic usually used to house consumer electonics, e.g. a portable CD/MP3 radio player or a laptop computer. How to identify what kind of plastic it is? How to ...
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Good LCD for clean mounting in hobby project?

I'm refurbishing an old Kenwood amplifier--- removing the old faceplate and adding a board with a microcontroller, multiplexer IC, digital pot for volume control, IR receiver, etc. I'm also ...
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How can I make an attractive enclosure for my circuit?

I have finished working on the circuit and firmware for my design of a MIDI controller. I'd now like to take it off the breadboard and put it inside some sort of enclosure. I can handle making the PCB,...
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Designing a strong electronics holder

For a yearly running event at our university we have developed a lap counting system relying on Bluetooth-chips passing by small embedded computers. The chips are these. To power them, we use 4 AA ...
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Xbee Shield - Turning jumper settings into ON/OFF (XBEE/USB) manual switch

I have the following Xbee Shield where I need to constantly switch jumpers in order to allow Xbee communication and/or USB communication. The following is set for Xbee communication: "Xbee ...