The design of our enclosures is important, but their form only constitutes half of a user's experience in using them. The way they're built, comparatively, not only affects quality, but also directly affects the impact our work has, both in industry, and across the enthusiast communities we reside in.
Knowing this, we've spent considerable time and energy thinking about how our enclosures our constructed — and in doing so, we've developed a manufacturing and fulfillment pipeline that's as thoughtfully considered as our ideas. Our cases are meant to be crafted, not made, and in a market filled with choices, we want to lead by example and do the most good for our designs, for the enthusiasts that use them, and for the industry that we occupy.
Our cases aren't for everyone; they're assembled for enthusiasts who want the best. And our craftsmanship and supplier standards are perhaps the strongest embodiment of that fact.
No decision regaring our manufacturing pipeline has a greater impact than the deceptively simple choice of where to produce our enclosures. Everything from the tools and materials available, to the workers and businesses we support, are affected by that decision. And because of this, we've elected to partner with Sliger Designs, a family-run business based domestically.
By working with Sliger, every enclosure we ship helps to benefit local economies, companies, and workers. Our constant communication with Sliger's engineers on the floor enable us to realize strict quality controls, and monitor production down to the most granular of details. And our proximity to Sliger's facilities allow for us to expedite everything from development to shipment, saving on costs and reducing the time it takes to deliver our enclosures to enthusiasts.
Sliger is not only a local business, but a well-equipped one. Their traditional industiral appliances — press brakes, hardened saws and PemSerters — allow for parts to be created and assembled quickly. CNC mills, combination laser/punch machines, and lathes all provide truly custom crafting, with incredible precision. And a full powder coat production line provides robust finishings, all done in-house.
When coupled with a team of talented engineers, and a modern CAD and modeling platform built on Solid Edge, enclosures are created as precisely as is needed to meet our demanding standards. And, with a large facility and workforce to back up their work, Sliger has the capacity to deliver quick turnaround on orders that encompass thousands of units, and tens of thousands of parts.
Finding the right raw materials for our enclosures meant forgoing the cheap plastics, flimsy meshes, and thinly-pressed metals utilized by name brands. Furthermore, rather than manage the complexity of a broad selection of materials, we chose to embrace the simplicity of our designs, and utilize steel and aluminum alone in the creation of our enclosures. This enabled us to achieve cases that are rigid and uniform, yet visually striking from almost any angle — minimalism at its best.
The chassis and panels of every enclosure we craft are cut from thick sheets of steel, yielding frames that are surprisingly rigid, without bulkiness or excessive weight. Steel clips, pins, and fasteners all ensure precise fitment, and last substantially longer than their plastic counterparts. Custom components, such as enclosure handles and case feet, are milled from solid billets of aluminum alloy. And every surface is given an industrial-grade powder coat finish, or a durable Alodine coating.