Brett is right - there are many possible enclosure designs for any board based on intended use. Our company has built large vehicle location systems for emergency responders so we tend to design and offer parts based on what we think is missing in the market…it’s hard to find custom enclosures for off-the-shelf boards.
The Crib for Arduino, what we would use as a basis for a FEZ enclosure, was designed to be tall enough for a shield so it may be too big if you don’t use shields, but more than likely you have other electronics that go with the project, so you’ll have room. The enclosure weighs 5.6 ozs (159 grams), so, for a metal enclosure, it’s very lightweight and strong.
All our enclosures were designed to fill the gap between getting something working on the bench, a pure prototype, and getting it into the field, a real pilot.
For example, if you built a vehicle location unit based on Arduino or FEZ Domino and you wanted to install it under the seat of your auto, this is the type of enclosure system we need, use and therefore design. Need a case to protect your project above the ceiling or let you bolt it onto the rafters of your house or beams of a building? We design for those use cases. I even use pieces of our enclosure systems for a speed climbing timing system where competitive climbers are both kicking and smacking various sensors in the system.
We use enclosures like legos. These are the places you would find our type of enclosures…more industrial where the need for good mounting options and robustness matter.
For our part, we work on microcontroller-based systems that may contain anywhere between 5 and 100 units - this can be the volume that lives in no-man’s-land - where you don’t have the budget to go design your own board and enclosure system, so off-the-shelf is flexible, good, fast. This is where these things fit in the market space.
I didn’t so much want this to sound like a sales pitch but to talk about some of the thinking behind these types of enclosures and gauge the interest from potential users.