Exporting small low value orders from China is a challenge to do cost effectively, however proper export of bulk stuff is comparatively simple. After hearing what hardware people are going through to get stuff from China we had to offer a better way. A Dirty Way. Having trouble paying a Chinese supplier? Did things start off […]
A series of videos from Akiba, creator of FreakLabs, answering questions on the challenges of manufacturing a product in China filmed during AMA on SupplyFX. Via Tindie. Check out the video after the break.
China has huge factories, but there’s also thousands of tiny factories hidden away on back streets and in garages. During production of The Expressway we had a lot of down time waiting for molds to heat so we explored the neighborhood. On one tiny road there was a compression molding factory, several gauze factories, several […]
Last week we described the painful process of opening a Chinese company. That was actually the fast and easy part. There’s still a pile of paperwork and months of waiting ahead. This week we look at the proper, and improper, ways to export from China. A Chinese import export permit is permission to exchange foreign […]
While Shenzhen is becoming “Hollywood for Makers”, and not always in a good way, there don’t seem to be a lot of foreign open hardware/maker/start-up/accelerated/innovated/incubated people starting Chinese companies. As far as we know, we are the first foreign owned open hardware centric Chinese company in Shenzhen. With everything going on here, we definitely wont […]
Component reels shouldn’t be overpriced or difficult to come by. Dirty Reels connects you to cheap Chinese component suppliers in the Huaqiangbei electronics market. Add a reel of resistors to your next DEV shop order for under $4! A dirty reel of 5000 100ohm 5% 0603 resistors from a major Chinese manufacturer like Super Ohm is only $3.97. […]
Taobao, the Chinese shopping site that combines eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba, recently got a lot easier for foreigners to use. As Sjaak documented in his Taobao buying adventures a few years ago, most foreigners use an agency that takes payment via Paypal, purchases your babies, and forwards them to you via DHL or airmail. Even […]
An interesting take on the formation of what todays china mfg is. (via Adafruit blog), h/t Tom Keddie
Another great Shenzhen-Geek tour video from Metalworks: Maker Faire Shenzhen Trip. Daylon Soh writes: When the Metalworks team was there in April, we were part of a group of aspiring hardware entrepreneurs and enthusiasts from North America and Europe. Most were looking to bring their hardware product ideas to fruition and were looking for ways to manufacture it […]
Shenzhen wasn’t a town 30 years ago, it was barely a village. Almost nobody is from Shenzhen, people come here to make money and send it to family in other parts of China. Over the Chinese New Year, that two week period when you can’t order from Seeed Studio, tons of eBay vendors, and all […]
If I come back from China 10 kilos heavier this is the man to blame. Some of the best soup dumplings ever. Proper procedure is to bite the top and drink the soup inside. Then eat the pastry and meat filling. Failure to drink the soup results in seriously sticky fingers. 5 dumplings for 10rmb […]
So you’ve got the hang of shopping for stuff on the Chinese auction site Taobao, but you’re sick of dealing with brokers? Open a bank account in China to pay the seller and shipper directly. Bank accounts are easy to open. Take a passport and an initial 100rmb deposit to any branch of any bank […]
Dangerous Prototypes tours the biggest electronics market of all, the Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China. This is the third and biggest market on our Global Geek Tour. Be sure to check out Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul too. VIDEO: Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China Global Geek Shenzhen: SEG Market […]
Meet the people behind our projects on the Seeed Studio tour: VIDEO: Seeed Studio open source hardware manufacturing tour in Shenzhen, China 2012 Seeed Studio open hardware manufacturing tour Seeed Studio tour: People
Check out our posts about China’s first Maker Faire in Shenzhen: VIDEO: Shenzhen Maker Faire Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Setup Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Machines Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Toys Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Robots Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Around the Faire Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Dangerous Prototypes booth Maker Faire Shenzhen China: Dangerous Prototypes […]
This week the Global Geek Tour took us to Shenzhen, China. On the way to Shenzhen we had a day in Hong Kong so we scoped out the Apliu Street electronics market. Check out our video and all the picture posts below. VIDEO: Apliu Street electronics market tour GLOBAL GEEK TOUR: Apliu Street electronics market […]
Here’s some other cool stuff we found in other buildings in Hua Qiang Bei. The surface mount part reels we’ve been questing on every tour were present in spades. This is one of dozens of shops with inexpensive reels of resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc. More pictures below the fold.
Seeed Studio took us to Shenzhen Sunlight Electronic Co., a special supplier they use to avoid counterfeit and unreliable chips. Sunlight Electronic Co pools orders from smaller manufacturers and buys directly from the chip factory to ensure quality. Price breaks start at 100 pieces, but the best breaks are at the reel size, generally 2500. […]
Shenzhen is well known for locally produced and customized technology. From custom cell phones to personalized push buttons, you can find it in Hua Qiang Bei. Sjaak found a building that consists entirely of USB flash disk sellers. There’s a huge selection of colorful silicone housing. Just pick one and the dealer pops a 4 […]
There’s activity all around the Hua Qiang Bei market buildings. People and cars tussle for space in the street. Moving carts loaded with electronic components on the way to small manufacturers are everywhere, often in the middle of traffic. Continue below for more sights from around from Hua Qiang Bei.