Protocase Designer Version 4.5 Release Notes

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The following features have been added or enhanced in Protocase Designer Version 4.5.x

Version 4.5.2 Release Notes

Changing an enclosure design to a different template

Version 4.5.2 adds the ability to transfer your enclosure design; for example, you can transfer a U Shape to a Rackmount, or from one type of Extruded enclosure to another.

Version 4.5.0 Release Notes

Assemblies & Materials


Designer now supports copper for cases, brackets, etcetera. Known Issues: Currently, no special color is used for copper-no finish, and sharp inner corners will need to be altered by our technicians prior to manufacturing. This functionality will be added in a future release.

  • Templates have been added for the following brackets:
    • Angled Offset Bracket
    • Angled U Bracket
    • Helicopter Bracket
    • Triangular Bracket
    • L Bracket with Flanges

  • The following templates for computer enclosures have been added, with the mounting hardware for the motherboard, and cutouts for the io ports and expansion card slots, all in place. (The motherboard area includes a set of nuts along with standoffs that you can screw into those nuts, since the boards themselves do not have all the mounting spots.)
    • ATX Template - an L-shaped enclosure for an ATX motherboard
    • Mini ITX Template - a U-shaped enclosure for an ITX motherboard, without a PCI (expansion card slot)
    • Mini ITX Template - an L-shaped enclosure for an ITX motherboard, with a PCI

  • Diagrams showing sizing have been added to most templates.

Consolet enclosures

An overhang of .030" was added to each Consolet enclosure. (Note that the overhangs are not yet shown in the template images, but can be seen in the 3D View if you make the enclosure smaller and zoom in on the edge between the cover and the side.)

L-Shaped enclosures
  • The height of an L-shaped enclosure is now limited to less than 11 inches (due to a manufacturing constraint).
  • A number of new brackets have been added; see above listing under Templates. Note that the L Bracket is now named Angled L Bracket, for consistency with the names of the new brackets.
  • Manufacturing constraints and illustrations have been added to all bracket templates.
  • Since brackets can now be made of copper, they can be used as precision bus bars in your enclosure design. For some examples, see Protocase Copper Bus Bars.
  • The default thicknesses on taller rackmounts have been increased to over 4 U. (U is a standard unit in a rack; one U is equal to 1.75".)



Masking is now allowed on aluminum and on cold rolled steel, but a warning is displayed for cold rolled steel (because it will rust). You can also price masking.


Cut Face button in Properties panel

If you select a cutout that lies across the face boundary, or move it so that it does, the new Cut Face button is displayed at the bottom of the Properties panel. Clicking the button will cut the face boundary.
Cut face button in Properties panel.png
Note: This feature is not affected by any of the Preferences settings; if you have enabled Prompt for whether to cut the face for bad placement on the boundary, you still receive the prompt that lets you reject the placement across the boundary, allow it as is, or allow it and cut the face boundary. The Cut Face button is now also provided so that you have the option to allow the placement, but not make the cut until you have checked all dimensions.

Cutout Library

  • Brackets and cutouts for motherboards, I/O, card slots, and hard drive brackets have been added to the Hardware section of the cutout library. You can use these with the new computer enclosure templates or any computer enclosure you design.
  • The Cutout Library includes some new items contributed to the online library since the last General Release.
  • The Cutout Library no longer includes fasteners (nuts, studs, standoffs); these items can now be placed only using the Cutout Library and Fasteners > Place Self-Clinching Fasteners command in the Face Editor.

Configuring Designer to Use a Proxy Server

If your company uses a network configured such that your computer accesses the Internet through a proxy server, you can configure Designer to use the proxy settings.

Printing & Silkscreening

Digital print

  • Direct digital printing now supports larger enclosures, and is the default printing method and a valid option for all graphics except those on a bare or grained finish, over 46x46", or on a face that is over 24" high. If you choose silkscreening when digital print is a valid option, Designer will recommend using digital print instead. (If you ignore the recommendation, Designer will not recommend it again for that design file.)
  • Designer menus and commands previously using the term Silkscreen now use the term Graphics, because all commands used for silkscreening are also used for direct digital printing.

See also:

New fonts

The following fonts have been added: Handwriting, Lucida Sans, Garamond, Verdana, Viking Stencil, Times New Roman, USAAF Stencil, Marketing Script-Shadow, Marketing Script, and Octin Stencil.
New fonts samples.png

Special (Unicode) characters

You can include special characters in text.

Exporting images

You can export an image from a face.

Workflow Enhancements

Known Issues

A few problems exist in this version; please see Known Issues for details. As they are fixed, they will be recorded on the Software Fixes Released page, along with links to the Beta version containing the fixes.