After a tremendous weekend at the Maker Faire Shenzhen 2018, we unveiled our new maker space – Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan and hosted its very first event with some lucky adventurers, exploring the future of manufacturing for the maker community!

 

Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan is situated at Vanke 1835 Creative Commune, with the approach to open up Dongguan’s manufacturing resources, lowering the manufacturing barriers for the maker community!

Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan at Vanke 1835 Creative Commune

The tour was the first sneak peek of Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan and only 15 people were able to participate. Let me introduce some of the participants of this trip. Roni Gorodetsky, a 22 year-old maker from Israel, who has made a smart dog plastic bag dispenser and a smart cat toy. Hideo Oguri, a Japanese maker who creates equipment that supports simple life and human ability, with his lab named Human Tech Lab. This shows that makers from different background are already looking forward to the new branch of Chaihuo x.factory in Dongguan!

Roni (Left) and Hideo (Right) showcasing their projects

To make sure the participants get a comprehensive understanding of this new space and the manufacturing ecosystem of Dongguan City, we’ve prepared a forum about Smart City and Manufacturing. We’ve invited to Alex Qian, the Director of Urban Research Institute of China Vanke Co., Ltd. to talk about how Dongguan as a city are evolving and the Head of Engineering at Dongguan Vanke, Shikui Liu to talk about how technologies are developing in construction.  Last but not the least, out founder Eric Pan gave a talk about the mission of Chaihuo x.factory and how and why Maker culture will be an important part of the development.

Smart City and Manufacturing Forum at Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan

During the Smart manufacturing forum, our founder Eric reviewed the mission of Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan and proposed the idea of Open Source Manufacturing in Dongguan, which will make Dongguan’s manufacturing resources more accessible to makers!

Eric reviewing the mission of Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan  & join panel discussion with Alex Qian and Shikui Liu

Apart from the forum, there are also tours. We organised a trip to visit a current construction project by Vanke showcasing how technologies are also being developed and deployed in construction sites., where there is a VR experience center and people can experience some of the construction accidents.

Visiting a current construction project by Vanke

For the last part of the tour, we organised a visit to one of the fully automatic factories in Dongguan, Janus Precision Components. The factory uses robotic arms and automated guided vehicles to replace the work that used to be done manually, giving us a glimpse of the future of manufacturing.

Visiting Janus Dongguan Precision Components Fully Automatic factory

Chaihuo x.factory Dongguan is the next landmark after Shenzhen, with its unique location and strong manufacturing resources; it can help you to go from prototypes to batch production or even mass production. So, if you are start-ups or doing a project that needs more support for manufacturing, join us at the new branch of Chaihuo x.factory in Dongguan! What’s more, if your products/solutions can cooperate and add values to the manufacturing industry and you’d like to tap into the China ecosystem, let us know and we’d like to help connect you with the local resources in Dongguan, to explore future collaborations!

Group photograph at the end of the tour

For more information, please email us at: anson.he@chaihuo.org

 

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