The development of enclosures made of plastic, metals, and composites. Integration of design ideas with production requirements and product business goals. EnCata designs and creates any part of a product, as well as, enclosures using a plastic enclosure design.
Engineering services for the development of enclosures made of plastic, metals and composites. Integration of designers' ideas with production requirements and product business goals. EnCata designs and creates any part of a product, even enclosures using plastic enclosure design, that physically separates the exterior from the interior environment of a device. The electroniсal and mechanical part of your prototype is not a finished product without an enclosure. Create your own enclosures starting with enclosure design at EnCata.
Designing the right enclosure is critical for the success of your electronic device, whether it is wireless industrial control, medical equipment, or part of an energy distribution system. The enclosure with all buttons or touchpads is the interface between your buyers and your product functionality. Enclosure design also determines the production cost and durability of your device. Perfect functionality of the electronics and software could be spoiled by poorly designed and produced enclosure.
After the digital design is ready, we will make a prototype using durable and acceptable material for its future environment and use cases. Our customers get a design that meets their needs and also securely keeps hardware components inside.
We believe that choosing the right material is an important part of the process. If you need a product for sale, we will provide a high-quality enclosure to tolerate a customer's use. If you want to produce a branded product, then we will prepare a design that corresponds to the DNA of your brand. We will design a waterproof enclosure for your product to be able to withstand unfavorable weather conditions. In addition, we will take into account who will use the device. This knowledge leads to the best solution for the product enclosure.
We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.
Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.
Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.
Our industrial designers start enclosure design with interviewing the customer to clarify the device functionality and appearance preferences. We prepare a functional description of the enclosure and make some sketches or draft models to discuss the requirements and adjust them with the technology constraints. After clarifying the wishes and specifying the request for enclosure design, we use simulations and modeling, with which we create enclosures with a perfect fit, combining safety, functionality, and cost-effectiveness.
When developing machine enclosure design as well as electronic enclosure design, we look not only at the size and shape of all components but also determine how they will be located and how the end-user will access sensors and a power source.
After the digital design is ready, we will make a prototype using durable and acceptable material for its future environment and the end-user. Prototyping is an important step for designing waterproof enclosures. At this step, we test sealing design.
Industrial Design gives the maximum opportunity to estimate and think over the interior and exterior of your product. At this stage, easier to adjust and make a decision about the dimensions of the enclosure, as an important part of your final product.
Mechanical Engineering is not only about the development of products that will be mass-produced. Mechanical Engineering includes both Components design and Enclosure design and development. Starting new projects, we always take into consideration these two parts of customers’ product.
Numerical modeling is often used at the first stages of product development. When designing the enclosure, it is a big moment to take into account external and internal factors that will subsequently affect the developing device. At CFD stage, we check enclosure ventilation design or gather data to choose material.
In our team, we have mechanical and electronics engineers working under one roof. It helps us to consider heat dissipation, antenna arrangement, condensation in the enclosure, convenience of assembly of electronic and mechanical parts, and wiring.
Proof of concept is used not only for the functional tests but also for strength and resistance testing of enclosures. Although as part of the demonstration, we are building a small prototype, a prototype, a mathematical or computer model, which are not necessarily full-fledged products, nevertheless, the body of your device already performs its basic functions.
Metal is the material of choice for many products that need to be durable and cost-effective. With EnCata you can be sure that the shape you've chosen is easily manufacturable. As plastic is much easier to shape with proprietary molds and provides corrosion immunity; we can easily customize it to create unique shapes for your product.
At the very beginning, we often dissuade our Clients from developing their own enclosure. It is cheaper and faster to use an adapted standard enclosure. You can place control panel and buttons on it and give it to users. In this case, the main work of the developer is to arrange all the elements inside the standard enclosure and provide auxiliary elements for mounting.
However, it is necessary to develop your own unique enclosure when your product differentiates from competitors with a new improved design or the main value for the user is ergonomics and design. In this case, it is impossible to test the prototype on users without producing a case that closely follows the shape and texture of the serial product as much as possible. In such projects, we spend a lot of effort both on design and prototyping. We are trying different technologies: 3D printing, silicone molding, vacuum forming. We can even make a manual mold made of aluminum to get the enclosure by injection molding.
We focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch. EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.
EnCata can provide your startup with the end-to-end product development service in both hardware and software domains coupled with the outstanding inhouse prototyping facilities.
Turn to EnCata if you need our premimum consultancy services (concept review, design / CAD review or advice on software architecture code you produced) only when our advice is needed.
Come to EnCata with your CAD to produce parts for your prototype in EnCata. Assemble and test your prototype at our MakeIT Center fablab - we don't charge for the access!
Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.
Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch. EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.
When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.
Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.
Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to. This is definitely not a worry for our clients.
We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.
There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500. EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.
Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.
EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.
EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.
Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.
What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace. Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace. We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.