Recommendations for Chassis builders?

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  1. rhythmdevils

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    Do you all have any recommendations for chassis builders who will make chassis to any size and drill holes, can anodize, etc and not too expensive? Hopefully people in the USA for me but for the sake of thread usefulness anywhere is fine to recommend.

    I found a guy on eBay in Texas who does great work but takes forever to respond (ex/ it’s been over a week since I heard from him now) and I’m getting impatient...

    and I thought this would be a useful thread for everyone.
     
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    Lol he’s the other guy I know. He does drill holes and seems to do great work at reasonable prices but he couldn’t make an enclosure quite as small as the one I’m making for an RCA switcher. (6x4x2”)

    looking to build a few NoiseNukes with another member as well and they need a small enclosure as well.

    I’ll post the eBay builder I know when he finishes my enclosures :) last thing i need is him getting more orders.
     
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    You might get away with off the shelf hammond chassis. The noise nuke needs very simple round holes which are easily drilled.

    When it comes to making chassis, the big jobs relate to transformers and tubes. Square iec hole is a pain and drilling the larger xlr holes without the correct bits / metal punches are a challenge. The noise nuke should be very simple for any diy person.

    That said. There are a few places that make chassis that will also cut custom shapes per order. Not always cheap. For complex chassis design, nothing like front panel Express. The professional finish is worth the extra dollars from a product perspective.

    Here is a panel I had made for the stacker.

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    I couldn't find this earlier.

    A few folk on DIYA use protocase


    And for some of the most affordable chassis for any use with free shipping from modushop in Italy

    The DIYA store : small chassis
     
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    The classic route of a Hammond or similar case plus custom panels from Frontpanel Express was my first suggestion. If you are near a fab lab or other makerspace, you might convince someone to help you out (assuming they are open).
     
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    Do you like the Bottlehead/Decware style chassis where everything is on one aluminum plate? Due to the custom keyboard community there's a range of metal laser cutting services that are rather affordable and can make precise cut plates. Although i think the ones I know are mainly euro based.

    https://www.laserboost.com/
    https://www.john-steel.com/en/
    https://www.ponoko.com/
    https://lasergist.com/ (Only steel)

    and some others I can't remember right now. Some of them have options like copper or brass. But most of the time you'll want aluminum
     
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    Enclosure Hub has nice chassis’s (or is it Chassi?) for pretty cheap.

    There’s still the drilling of holes though. I wish I could get up and about, my father has a nice drill press in his shop. It would be easy peasy on that thing.
     
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