I have three project boxes that have been sitting on the shelf; two of them are identical desktop enclosures and cost around £50 each new. Each has one power connector hole drilled in the back of the case which is fine, but the four aluminium front panels have been extensively worked and are unsalvageable.
So I started looking around for a source of replacement panels and found a company that will custom cut aluminium panels and the price is quite reasonable compared with the price of a new enclosure so I’ve decided to give them a try.
The company web site can be found here: www.clickmetal.co.uk
Each of the more expensive enclosures has two panels, one measures 374x124x2mm and the other 374x60x2mm.
The panels cost £4.00 and £3.18 respectfully from ClickMetal, so around £7 to allow me to reuse a £50 enclosure. Not bad really. I also have another more modest enclosure that uses 2 x 243x70x1.5mm plastic panels. As I use this size enclosure quite often and just to see, I’ve ordered four of these in 1.5mm aluminium.
The total cost for all the panels (eight in total) comes in at £42.77 including VAT and a £9.95 delivery charge.
Orders over £200 are free delivery.
Via their web-site you can get an immediate on-line quote which is rather nice. I’ll report back on the results.
As it happens, I did find a slightly cheaper company, but they won’t cut panels less than 100mm on a side so not much use for hobbiests.