A long, long time ago (whoa, nearly broke out into "American Pie"), SparkFun used to be involved in the business of custom enclosures. However, as our business grew, it didn't make practical sense for us to keep that aspect of our site going and it was axed. Sadness.
Fortunately, there are other resources out there for our customers to get their enclosures fabricated. SparkFun's favorite is Ponoko. Since 2007, Ponoko has given "makers" an easy way to fab up their custom enclosures out of almost any material you can dream up (metal, wood, fabric, plastic, and so on and so forth).
So on to the point of this blog post - SparkFun is joining up with Ponoko to offer electronic tinkerers/designers/inventors/everyone a great resource to design custom enclosures and get the electronics products you need. As of today (ok, truly last night), you can shop from the entire library of SparkFun products on the Ponoko website. That means that if you have a great idea for a polished project, you don't have to hop back and forth (all nimbly-bimbly) from SparkFun to Ponoko to get the electronic guts and the enclosure separately. Rather, you can go to Ponoko's website and build the entire project inside and out, and then order everything with one click. Ponoko has offices in New Zealand and the U.S., so if you are ordering state-side, there is no need to worry about international shipping charges. Very deluxe!
We hope that this collaboration gives birth to tons of cool projects and custom enclosures! Happy making!