The powder coating in general is just too expensive. All of the savings that the steel gives me gets taken away by the powder coating and the shipping.The only way way the shipping wont be a problem is if i get it done by sea (its a US based company but they have a sea shipping option for whatever reason) which would double the shipment time to me. This means it would take around 2 months to deliver the case to the customer,which i feel is completely out of the question since im not based in china,and it just barely keeps me in the positive.Maybe look into having the panels made of aluminum and the body made of a powder-coated steel? I know that would mean the front and back panels would be made of the steel, but that might be a nice contrast, and it might bring costs down
EDIT: My bad, I thought there was an internal frame to the case, but it's all mounted on the side panels. If the cost is an issue, powder-coated steel might be the best option.
@grsychckn 's new salvo s402 is galvanized steel. I personally don't mind it since I don't move my computer, but those who do, night care.How do you guys feel about Galvanized Steel (DX51D+Z275MAC) I found that its actually cheaper than regular carbon steel and Aluminum.I'll look into it more but i might be able to keep color options.
I would agree with @Shatrod, the design is ultimately simple, and shouldn't be extremely costly. The material might be expensive given the (Thicc) 3mm thickness, but shouldn't make it prohibitively so. I also wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a more finished product.
I would definitely suggest shopping around factory-wise, and possibly even use the car-buying strategy: pit two or three contenders against each other and let them outbid each other. If that doesn't work, maybe step back the THICCness.
That being said, with the current COVID situation, I would not be surprised if there are premiums being charged because of the backlog of work. Plus, if it's a US-based factory, manufacturing is just generally going to be more expensive.
Sent out the files to around 25 or so companies thus far,lets hope one of them is the right one.I think perhaps you can explore other factories? Your design doesn't look very complicated, I'm tempted to say the quotes you are working with are kind of very high. I don't know a lot about manufacturing but from how my own project is going it seems like you should be able to powder coat your whole case and get it made for sub 150usd per unit. Especially if you're talking volumes of like 50 units.
Also, I don't know how others feel, but I would personally gladly pay a slightly higher price for a nice finish. Leaving it raw just seems like it's unfinished. Like I would gladly pay $70 for an sg13 but I really probably wouldn't pay $60 for an sg13 in bare metal with no paint.
For your given price, plus the inclusion of full aluminum powder-coated panels, I'm willing to wait. There are a bunch of cases that take a similar amount of time to ship. I was honestly surprised when you said it would be only two weeks.Good News: So far,I've had one company who's price i can accept. It is aluminum and is powder coated.
Bad News:It'll take a bit over a month to be delivered to who so ever buys it,getting it manufactured in china.
was hoping for the best but as expected,i couldn't get that. Either way,i have a company that now so once i can get my updated prototype, i can seriously get this started.For your given price, plus the inclusion of full aluminum powder-coated panels, I'm willing to wait. There are a bunch of cases that take a similar amount of time to ship. I was honestly surprised when you said it would be only two weeks.