A highlight of our Global Geek Tour to Shenzhen, China was a tour of the Seeed Studio offices and factory. This is where Seeed Studio makes open source hardware, all our open projects pass through here.
Seeed has modern, clean offices with a mix of Chinese and international people hanging around. It looks pretty much like the pictures of SparkFun’s office, and lots of local university graduates jump at the chance to work with Seeed. When we toured they were hosting a bunch of engineers from the Haxlr8r hardware start-up program too.
Liao shows us around the central open work area.
The side offices have engineering, product development, graphic design, etc.
Seeed has a big pick and place machine, but it’s reserved for small batches of 100, and things that must be done quickly. Everything else is sent out to the specialists in Shenzhen.
A bunch of Logic Sniffers. Through-hole headers are being installed.
Miscellaneous surface mount and through hole components are added by hand. The boards are also cleaned.
Eric Pan shows us the box of boards that can’t be debugged. These will become part of the front office display eventually. That’s a sad, dead Logic Sniffer.
Completed boards and component deliveries, waiting for intake and packaging.
Finished and tested boards are packed into boxes.
Tested projects, ready to fill orders. You can spot the XC2C64A development board, USB Infrared Toy, Bus Pirate accessories, and more Dangerous Prototypes.
Shipping packs orders into boxes.
A Dangerous Prototypes t-shirt hanging in the Seeed Studio office.
The Seeed Studio chill room with table and video games. The coffee maker is geared to take your picture and post it on Seeed’s wiebo (China’s version of Twitter).