[USRP-users] Ettus B2x0 enclosure group buy/machining interest?

Robert J. McIntyre rjmcinty at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 24 23:31:16 EDT 2014

There wasn't much/any interest, so I just got mine done and left it at that.


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Robert McIntyre via USRP-users <usrp-users at ...> writes:

> I've been doing a little research on cases for the Ettus B2x0 series,
and wanted to talk to the group about interest in some sort of group buy, or at least group machining.  I have one of the Takachi enclosures, which is a perfect fit for the board, and the price is about 21 USD in the volumes that we're likely to do.  That includes silver finish, and aluminum endplates (unmachined).  They have the same enclosure with ABS plastic endplates, though, for about 8 USD.  I don't think that the plastic endplates will work very well, though. I have a local friend who owns/runs a mid-sized machine shop, and will be taking him my enclosure to see what the cost to CNC machine the aluminum end plates.  I'll have him look at both machining Takachi-supplied end plates (so, the 21 USD enclosure), as well as making end plates from blank aluminum stock (so, using the 8 USD enclosure).  He can also do laser engraving, so will get pricing on labeling the end plates as well. The absolute easiest thing for me/him to do would be to just machine the end plates from stock, and you get your own enclosure from Takachi.  But, while the Takachi company was extremely pleasant to work with, there's still the back and forth across time zones, etc., and I'm not sure about the costs of the different options yet to say which would be the absolute cheapest. How many people would be interested in a bulk buy/machining?  How much would you be willing to spend for a complete enclosure, with CNC-machines end plates for either the B200 or B210?  Both of those numbers will help me when I talk to my machinist. Also, Ettus folks, if there's any interest in me getting you in contact with my machinist for a possible "official enclosure", please contact me offline, and I'm happy to put you in touch. I have a day job, and would rather spend my free time playing with my B200 than coordinating shipping, etc.. :) Thanks!Robert
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Robert, I would be interested in a group buy. I just purchased a B200 a month ago.


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