John Brown
John Brown SuperDork
8/12/10 2:40 p.m.

I have an idea for combining two electronics pieces into one unit, have figured what I will need to make them talk, but would like to build a case to present it for manufacturing. Figure it to be a little larger than a GPS unit.

Is it better to farm out or try to build it myself?

foxtrapper
foxtrapper SuperDork
8/12/10 2:45 p.m.

I've hot molded plastic myself. Yes, farm it out to the shops that do this as a business. The results are much better. Even for one offs, it's still quite reasonable.

P71
P71 SuperDork
8/12/10 9:45 p.m.

Plastic is waaaay too hard to do in home. Go with resin instead. Search model car building forums for more info.

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
8/13/10 12:10 a.m.

If you have / can get the design into 3D CAD, then it can be rapid prototyped. With a bit of bodywork, an RP piece can look like a production piece.

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