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Electronics and Electronic Housing Injection Molding Company

Protoshop Inc. provides personalized solutions for our clients’ projects. We specialize in crafting precision-engineered injection-molded prototype parts for various applications, including electronic housings.

Electronic housings safeguard sensitive components within electronic devices. Housings shield these components from environmental factors like dust, moisture, and temperature fluctuations, ensuring the devices’ functionality and reliability over time.

Housings also provide a protective, tamper-resistant enclosure to prevent damage to internal electronic components, prolonging the device’s lifespan. This is particularly important in industries where durable and long-lasting electronic equipment is crucial, such as aerospace, automotive, and medical.

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Materials Used to Fabricate Housings

Due to the harsh environment to which electronic components may be subjected, electronic housings must be robust. Typically, housings are created in metal. These metal housings can be created in many ways, typically by bending sheet metal, machining, or casting.

Injection molded electronic housings are much more cost-effective than metal housings and are often used for smaller, hand-held equipment applications. Plastic housings provide many advantages that metal housings do not:

  • Cost-effectiveness: They are economical materials suitable for mass production, ensuring affordability for manufacturers and end-users.
  • Durability: Plastics offer excellent durability, protecting electronic devices even in harsh environments. They are resistant to impact, chemicals, and temperature variations.
  • Efficient manufacturing: Ease manufacturing with plastics leads to efficient production processes, reducing lead times and overall manufacturing costs.
  • Versatility in design: Plastics’ moldability allows for creating complex shapes and intricate designs, providing versatility in housing design while maintaining structural integrity.

These characteristics make plastics ideal for electronic housing applications, ensuring reliable protection and cost-efficient production processes. The most common types of plastics used in electronic housings are listed below:

  • Polycarbonate is known for its exceptional impact resistance, transparency, and thermal stability.
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) balances strength, rigidity, and affordability, making it suitable for various applications.
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is valued for its versatility, chemical resistance, and ease of processing.

Electronic Housing Development

Although 3D-printed prototypes offer visual design representation of the developing electronic housings, they cannot be used to assess performance and reliability. This limitation stems from the inability of 3D printing to precisely replicate the material properties and structural behavior found in final injection-molded housings. Injection molding, on the other hand, offers superior accuracy in replicating material composition, mechanical strength, and thermal properties essential for housing functionality.

Importance of Comprehensive Testing

During the design and development of electronic housings, physical testing of the housings must be performed to ensure that the housings will adequately perform to protect the electronics as intended. Beyond the fit and layout of the components within the housings, other types of testing must be considered:

  • Thermal Testing: Evaluates how the housing withstands temperature fluctuations and extreme heat conditions, ensuring stability and functionality in different thermal environments.
  • Stress Analysis: Assess the housing’s structural integrity by subjecting it to mechanical stress and determining resistance to deformation or breakage.
  • Environmental Testing: Examines the housing’s ability to withstand moisture, humidity, and chemical exposure, ensuring functionality in diverse conditions

To achieve meaningful testing of electronic housings, injection molded prototype parts are preferred because they replicate the characteristics of mass-produced housing and ensure that the housings meet the required standards and specifications before advancing to mass production.

The Protoshop Way

Design for Manufacturability (DFM):

Protoshop employs a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) approach to ensure that electronic housing designs are optimized for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing. This involves carefully evaluating designs to identify opportunities for streamlining production processes and reducing manufacturing costs.

Moldability Review:

Our process includes a detailed moldability review to assess electronic housing designs’ suitability for injection molding. This thorough examination ensures that designs are moldable and can be efficiently produced using our advanced injection molding processes, minimizing the risk of manufacturing issues.

Rapid Injection Molding Tools:

At Protoshop, we fabricate high-quality prototype injection molding tools to expedite the development and reduce time-to-market for electronic housing prototypes. This approach lets us quickly create prototype molds, facilitating design and development adjustments before full-scale production manufacturing begins.

Quality Assurance and Testing:

We uphold rigorous quality assurance procedures to ensure that electronic housing prototypes meet industry standards and client specifications. We produce prototypes that facilitate functional testing, verification, and process validation of the housings early in the design phase, all conducted before commissioning expensive production tools. This thorough approach guarantees that the electronic housing prototypes are production equivalent and of the highest quality.

Considering Insert Molding Fasteners

Housings must be assembled in a way that the electronic components are enclosed securely. When the enclosure will not be opened again, this can be done with snaps, heat staking, or thread-forming screws for plastic. If the parts must be able to be disassembled repeatedly, such as to replace parts during maintenance or to replace batteries, metal fasteners are preferred.

These metal fasteners, such as metal posts, screw threads, or screws, can be integrated into the housing during injection molding through insert molding, providing reliable attachment points for electronic components such as circuit boards and connectors. Securely fastening components within the housing helps prevent issues such as loose connections, component movement, and potential damage during operation.

Connect with Protoshop Inc.

With extensive expertise in electronic housing prototyping, we are committed to providing top-notch services and customer satisfaction. Contact us if you require housing prototypes or have inquiries about our capabilities.

We look forward to partnering with you and delivering exceptional results for your electronic housing projects, leveraging our state-of-the-art facilities and experienced team to meet your exact specifications and exceed your expectations.

Contact Protoshop Today

For exceptional prototype medical component manufacturing solutions, reach out to Protoshop. Our team is equipped to handle the complexities of your medical injection molding projects, offering tailored support and innovative solutions. Protoshop is not just a prototype parts supplier but is a development partner and provides expertise to accelerate your product development.

Contact us at help@protoshopinc.com or (888) 416-3334, or visit our website for detailed information. Partner with Protoshop for a seamless, quality-driven experience in medical component manufacturing.

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Based on 7 reviews
Dana Taylor
Dana Taylor
If you're in need of a molding prototype shop, Dylann and Jimmy at Protoshop are sure to not only meet but exceed your expectations. Their team demonstrates remarkable responsiveness and proactiveness, contributing to an exceptionally efficient overall process. The speed at which they deliver top-notch work is truly impressive. Protoshop's commitment to customer satisfaction is apparent in their flexibility and willingness to closely collaborate with clients to address specific needs. An exemplary instance of this was their accommodation of our request to have our customer onsite for part evaluation and mold changes while we were present. What sets Protoshop apart is not solely their technical proficiency but also their dedication to providing valuable insights and design advice. Their expertise extends beyond standard projects, showcasing proficiency in handling complex components for diverse applications, be it over-molded sealing parts or flexible components. In conclusion, if you're on the lookout for a reliable and efficient partner for your manufacturing and molding requirements, I wholeheartedly recommend Protoshop. Their combination of expertise, responsiveness, and commitment to customer satisfaction makes them an exceptional choice for a variety of projects.
Brittany Mason
Brittany Mason
I have worked with Photoshop on several mold designs over the past year. From the moment I reached out to them with an inquiry, they were prompt in their communication and eager to assist me. I have greatly appreciated and benefited from their extensive expertise and prompt feedback. They consistently offering valuable suggestions and insights that ultimately saved us money in the overall design. As for the quality of work they provided, Dylann and her team have always come through. If any issues do arise, they have been quick to offer solutions and kept us up to date throughout the whole process. If you're looking for a reliable partner for your plastics molding needs, I would check them out.
Stacie Depner
Stacie Depner
Having worked with Dylann and Jimmy prior to Protoshop, I knew the immense level of expertise they have for this business and it proved to carry through. They are honest straight shooters that will help guide you and find the best solution for your molds. We needed a mild that could be versatile and allow us to easily change out one side of the design. Dylann helped us come up with an approach that will allow us to continuously iteration the design without having to make a whole new mold every time.
Chad Follmar
Chad Follmar
Dylann and team are wonderful to work with. On multiple programs, they have delivered quality product in a matter of days. The design for moldability support is unparalled to ensure your part is ready to order.
Garrett Garner
Garrett Garner
We work regularly with Protoshop on a variety of complex components for various projects. They are an excellent company to work with providing a vast history of experience to help their clients optimize designs. We have worked with them on microfluidic chips with small feature sizes, over molded sealing parts and flexible parts. They have experience working with many materials including Topas (COC), polycarbonate, TPE, PE, and PP. I would highly recommend reaching out on your next project. The team is very responsive to design changes as well as delivering to tight timelines. They also offer design advice and best practices which have helped expedite design iterations.
Steven Soeder
Steven Soeder
Great experience with Protoshop. Dylann is extremely responsive and great to work with. Very fast turn-around. Worked with us on our order to get what we needed. I was able to drop ship 3d printed parts from another vendor to Protoshop to have them match-fit and incorporated into our tooling. I will be back again.
Wendell Woidyla
Wendell Woidyla
Dylann at Protoshop is excellent to work with: highly responsive and proactive. This is possibly the fastest, high-quality work I have ever witnessed. 1 week...from payment (start) to delivery (after CTQ measurements at Protoshop), we had 100 test samples of a component we intend to use in high volume manufacturing. Thank you for the tremendous work! I would highly recommend Protoshop, and will plan to use Protoshop services in the future.