Enclosure Design – Specialty Equipment

Enclosure developed and ready for production in ~1 month

Client – MilTech – an authorized National Military Government Intermediary

Expertise Applied


SGW Designworks was approached by the client with a dilemma. Another firm had designed a beautiful (but impossible) aluminum enclosure for a specialized piece of scientific equipment. The client needed to quickly get fifty units produced for field testing by a federal agency but did not have a manufacturable enclosure design to use.


SGW was able to maintain the existing enclosure design language in a complete redesign package.

Plastic molded Enclosure Design
Cut-away view of injection molded enclosure

Results / Outcomes

  • Multiple prototype and testing cycles led to the optimal design and feature set
  • The client had a manufacturable enclosure design in time to provide 50 units to the federal agency for field testing


Injection-molded plastic was an ideal choice of material for long-term production. A modified version of the design optimized for production using soft tooling was also provided to facilitate the initial test run.

The change in material necessitated a completely new hinge and lock mechanism for the unit. SGW Designworks was able to quickly develop, iterate, and finalize the hinge design using digital simulation, and validation with 3D-printed prototypes prior to finalizing the design.

If you want to find out how SGW Designworks can help your company with plastic component development, contact us today!

Hardware Developed Technologies Leveraged
Hinge and Lock SystemSolidworks 3D CAD
Injection Molded ComponenetsSolidworks Simulation Pro
Physical PrototypesSLA 3D Printing