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Making in Shenzhen HackChat DetailsHackChat: hackaday.io/hackchat
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NameHackaday.io profileQuestion (Please keep questions brief. 1-2 sentences is good :))Comments
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Shamylhttps://hackaday.io/shamylWhat is the best way of attracting little girls towards STEM? I design and run a number of maker camps in Pakistan where both girls and boys participate, but girls are generally less in number. When they do get the hang of it, they usually outperform the boys!www.facebook.com/learnobots
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Joshua RobotAny tips on how Western engineers working with Chinese engineers can get past the usual polite deferance and solve hard problems without it being personal? How do I reward people for pointing out where I am wrong or where there are better solutions? How do I listen for "what you are asking us to do is unreasonable" and other indirect statements?
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Erichttps://hackaday.io/GEEKeric007What is your views about the contradictions between Shenzhen as the largest production base of electronic products and the overall Chinese disregard Electronic innovation (Especially young gernaration's interest in electronic is not high!) ??????https://www.facebook.com/xiong.eric.3
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Nikolaushttps://hackaday.io/NikiSchlifkeWhat's a good way to get parts from directly from Manufacturers on Alibaba as a Maker / Hobbyist / Startup? I try to use aliexpress where ever I can but for some things there is simply no way to get parts anywhere else.
What works from my experience is asking for something close to their expected volume with the promise of future orders and try to get samples to in the quantity one can actually use.
For some weird reason they seem to be quite reluctant to offer small quantities over the Alibaba internal system, but seem to almost insist on paypal.

I never seen any of these sample offers to be even near the cheap shipping costs Aliexpress / Banggood / etc... give you. Do the aliexpress merchants have some volume contract that the sales teams on Alibaba don't have or is there another reason?
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Johnhttps://hackaday.io/jpw1116What innovations would you like to work on if you were employed at Tesla?
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Jordanhttps://hackaday.io/tensorfluxWhat sort of things are best to buy in Shenzhen? Do the markets really have *everything* you'd want/need?
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JordanIs Shenzhen the best electronics market in China, or are there other places that are better? We always hear about the markets and factories of Shenzhen, but are there other places in China that are worth noting for electronics?
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Jordanhttps://hackaday.io/tensorfluxIs the Shenzhen manufacturing scene largely dominated by foreign business interest, or are local business interests are starting to take hold?
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Jordanhttps://hackaday.io/tensorfluxHow have your personal projects benefited from being based in Shenzhen?
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Jordanhttps://hackaday.io/tensorfluxWhat would you say the average experience of a foreigner is in Shenzhen? What do most foreigner's have trouble grasping (either culturally, psychologically, ideologically, etc.)
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JarrettWhat's a good base station while on a prototyping/manufacturing trip? Hostels, hotels, used vans down by the river?
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JarrettAlong the same lines, are there good hackspace or workshop options?
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Arsenijshttps://hackaday.io/CRImierI'm working on ZeroPhone, and some parts of it still require manual assembly - THT stuff that can't be done by wave soldering. How viable is it now to subcontract this assembly to a factory in China? Just how much more expensive it is than assembling a board with just SMDs, like, is it crazy expensive or reasonably expensive? =)
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Arsenijshttps://hackaday.io/CRImierAny good place to ask questions about manufacturing in China? (English-speaking) Like, IRC channels, Google grou^W^W WeChat or something else?
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The Great AbyssWhat are some of the most challenging aspects of being a maker in Shenzhen? Where do you get your inspiration from?
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Vexeliushttps://hackaday.io/VexeliusOn the topic of wearables, what are can you share some tips and tricks on how to make them?
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Caleb Krafthttps://hackaday.io/calebkraftWhat is the hacker/maker culture like in Shenzhen? Why aren't we seeing more people putting out cool projects onto the internet that are just for fun? (hong kong seemed to be all about education, Xi'an seemed to be all about business)
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jlbrian7https://hackaday.io/jlbrian7What are working conditions like in shenzen? I worked for a metal stamping company that made a lot of motor core laminations, and I had seen images of metal stamping facilities in china where a person was smashed in the machine (really gory). I was told that the mess was cleaned up in a matter of a couple of hours and they were back to work. From your experience, could that be an accurate picture of what it is like in order to keep prices low?
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Eric Williamhttps://hackaday.io/EricWilliamIf someone asked what would be the best place to start for getting a small commercial product from proto to product- where would you send them. Thanks!
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jlbrian7https://hackaday.io/jlbrian7My 5yr. old is learning Mandarin, would Shenzen be a good family vacation destination?I've been to shenzen on our way out of China after adopting our son. It's fun as a place to visit if your a geek, but not much Chinese culture. The further inline, even in Guangho (sp?) there was less western influence.
Good to know. Thanks.
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Xavierhttps://hackaday.io/xavknoI want to learn Mandarin do you have any tips and or suggestions?
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Xavierhttps://hackaday.io/xavkno
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DL101https://hackaday.io/electronicsIf i wanted to make contacts in the Shenzhen hardware community how would i go about doing that?
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DavidSo cost of living is extremely high there in shenzhen?
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Murielhttps://hackaday.io/murielgWhat is the range on pi palette? How close do you have to be for it to work?
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tahnokWhat tool/technique do you use all the time that you don't see others using?
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DavidYour workshop is in your home?
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