Hacking Manufacturing: research on the factory floor

Media Lab researchers spent a month hacking ideas and factory processes in southern China.

MIT Media Lab
Oct 3, 2017 · 13 min read
Media Lab instructors and students with workers at K-Tech. left-right: Zhenyu Yu (K-Tech), Don Derek Haddad, Amos Golan, Jifei Ou, Daniel Oran, Guillermo Bernal, Andy Su (K-Tech), Ben Su (K-Tech), Miguel Perez, Ani Liu, Laya Anasu, and Angela Chen (K-Tech). Credit: Bai Chuan
Circuit assembly line at the King Credie factory. Credit: MIT Media Lab/Artem Dementyev
Media Lab instructors and students with collaborators at the King Credie factory: (l-r) Artem Dementyev and Jie Qi, with King Credie workers Simen Zeng, Bin Yao, Zhiqiang Jia, and Zoro Zeng. Credit: Bai Chuan
Zhiqiang Jia (King Credie) and Guillermo Bernal (Media Lab) inspect the flexible printed circuit board just etched in the row of etching stations in the background. Credit: MIT Media Lab/Artem Dementyev
Rong Fu Zhong (King Credie) and Jie Qi (Media Lab) experimenting with the heat press at the flexible electronics factory. Credit: MIT Media Lab/Artem Dementyev
This flowchart shows different steps involved in manufacturing a simple two-layer flexible particle circuit board. Credit: MIT Media Lab/Artem Dementyev
Jifei Ou (Media Lab) and Jordi Montaner (K-Tech) examine the knitted fabric produced by the machine in the background. Credit: RedZ Studio
Laya Anasu (Media Lab, in the background) watches Angela Chen (K-Tech) demonstrate how to operate the knitting machine. Credit: RedZ studio
Ji Qi with a circuit speaker. Credit: Bai Chuan
Artem Dementyev (Media Lab) with a circuit robot. Credit: Bai Chuan

Watch this video wrap-up of the 2017 Hacking Manufacturing course

Media Lab Hacking Manufacturing — 2017 from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

The Hacking Manufacturing course instructors, students, and factory collaborators share a selfie moment in Shenzhen. Credit: Bai Chuan

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