On Monday, we set out to visit two manufacturers. The first assembles our LED strips. Above, you can see workers assembling LED strips. What really struck me were the similarities between SparkFun and this company. We both have groups of techs with soldering irons and exhaust fans, assembling cool stuff. It’s really not that much different from how we do things in Boulder.
There’s always a risk that the printer makes a mistake in the print run – a rotated page, missed instructions on the assembly of special features such as tabs and card holders, quality problems with the cover’s foil debossing. Furthermore, on rare occasion, I’ve had delays in the raw paper stock arriving, but that usually incurs no more than a 2-3 week delay beyond the predicted schedule. However, I’ve printed thousands of copies of other books with this printer in the past and had few problems, so I’m optimistic that the run will go smoothly. I’m also going to get another proof copy before the full run happens, which will give me a chance to catch and fix any such problems.
Dang, I just got back from Shenzhen on Thursday (took me a few days to catch up on everything now that I’m back). Would have loved to have met you while there. Schenzhen is such a different city. Ended up with a few free days and spent it just exploring the electronics district around the SEG Tower. 3 days, and I bet I still missed half of it. Wish there was something like that in North America.
We took a tour through the Huaqiangbei market, a massive collection of vendors who are selling everything from imitation iPhones to circuit boards and soldering irons. This is the place you come to figure out how your next gadget will get made, haggling with vendors who act as a front office for component suppliers and manufacturing facilities spread across China.
Blacklab1 / about 8 years ago * / 1 / OMG! The Pic of Transformers- I could not believe all the Torrid Transformers. I think I almost died and went to heaven. I am a true believer in Torrid Transformers- Yes they cost more, but they are worth it when you have heat issues in a confine space and the ones I have used are quite when it comes to EMI. I know it’s a little much to ask, but I wish that SparkFun could have the 12V models in stock.
john bougs / about 8 years ago / 1 / Dang, I just got back from Shenzhen on Thursday (took me a few days to catch up on everything now that I’m back). Would have loved to have met you while there. Schenzhen is such a different city. Ended up with a few free days and spent it just exploring the electronics district around the SEG Tower. 3 days, and I bet I still missed half of it. Wish there was something like that in North America.
One major downside to doing business in China is censorship. The Communist Party of China controls Web content, blocks access to certain sites and services, and monitors individual access. There are nine state-licensed Internet Access Providers that censor certain URLs and keywords at the router level and there are about 12 government agencies that have authority over the internet.
Unlike the Apple watch, you can’t change watch bands. If you look carefully, you’ll see that the GSM antenna is integrated into the molded silicone rubber band.
There are a few possible reasons. The first being, the Chinese government opened up Shenzhen as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) so that foreigners could easily enter China from here. This combined with cheap labour and fairly lax environmental controls and an economy (dollar) that is kept artificially low, created the perfect conditions for a lot of export businesses. This made a lot of electronics factories (as well as fashion, and a plethora of others) start up. The convenience of having a lot of space, low barrier for entry, and little environmental issues meant that factories for every kind of electronic part sprang up very quickly. The ability to source a new capacitor, or resistor or whatever else you want from across the street, or a mile away creates a very easy system for prototyping, and manufacturing, as you don’t have to wait for parts to ship from across the country, or worse, across the world. Again we can’t discount the cheap labour and the lax environmental laws, and the ability to bribe local governments, a lower tax rate, and an artificially deflated dollar (to make manufacturing and exporting goods more attractive to foreign investors).1.8k Views · View Upvoters