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Hi Everyone,<BR>
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I got back from China on Tuesday, and am over the worst of the jet-lag by now.&nbsp; <BR>
&nbsp;<BR>
For those who know about the trip, and just want a link to some cool&nbsp;photos, here's a link to mine:<BR>
<A href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622640069902">http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622640069902</A><BR>
to bernieS'<BR>
<A href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622640132088/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622640132088/</A><BR>
and to some of Christoph's:<BR>
<A href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622663663856/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/sets/72157622663663856/</A><BR>
For other peoples' photos and comments, do a search for "<STRONG>NBChina09</STRONG>" on flickr.com (and twitter, and other places).<BR>
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I went to China to visit my manufacturer, and (taking a cue from Bunnie Huang, who created a manufacturing trip to China that got a lot of attention &lt;<A href="http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/shenzhen/">http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/shenzhen/</A>&gt;) took along the first&nbsp;7 people who bought their plane tickets to China, so anyone interested could learn about the&nbsp;manufacturing process (and check out bits of China).&nbsp; More on the trip is on the Noisebridge wiki:<BR>
<A href="https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/ChinaTrip">https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/ChinaTrip</A><BR>
<A class=image_link title=IMG_0159 href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/4035163612/in/set-72157622640069902/"></A>&nbsp;<BR>
The trip was fantastic!&nbsp; <BR>
&nbsp;<BR>
We first visited Shanghai, where my contract manufacturer does it's lower volume production, where we saw how PC Boards were made, how mass volume printing is done, how high-speed surface mount PCBs are stuffed with parts, how extra parts are hand-assembled on an assembly line, how plastic parts (such as cases for gadgets) are made, and saw how finished items are packaged and shipped.<BR>
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We also paid a visit to the Shanghai Electronics Mall, which is really an entire area of Shanghai devoted to parts for making things.&nbsp; All sorts of parts!&nbsp; LEDs, motors, microcontrollers, any electronic parts you can imagine and then some,&nbsp;knobs, springs, magnets, mechanics of all kinds, plastic enclosures, test equipment, wire, and on and on and on.&nbsp; All for really good prices (if you enjoy haggling).<BR>
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<SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s">We were also all amazed at how quickly the Chinese took to capitalism.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><BR>
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<SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s">We then went to Jining (about half way from Shanghai to Beijing), where my contract manufacturer does it's high-volume mass production.&nbsp; It was a Sunday, so we only saw a skeleton crew who volunteered to be&nbsp;paid double-time to show us how they manufacture LED lamps for coal-mining.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><BR>
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<SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s"><SPAN class="photo_container pc_s">Anyone who wants to go next year, stay tuned for when I visit my manufacturer again.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><BR>
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