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PCBA Oy Vey

There are a ton of printed circuit board assembly companies in Asia. How do I choose one? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 16, 2014 - 5 answers

What does a QC/QA person do?

What does a QC/QA position entail? I'm thinking more of science or manufacturing, and not financial/tax. [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Oct 5, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I source products from in and around Europe?

Hello all I'm thinking about starting an import business specialising in very high quality and hard to find products, particularly tools and machinery. I'm having trouble finding good quality online directories that list manufacturers like Alibaba that target Europe. Does anybody have any advice on finding products in Europe? Thank you kindly
posted by Jimmeh on Apr 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Cleaning metal parts

I am beginning the manufacture of small stainless steel parts that I hope to sell. They are back from the machine shop with an oil or lubricant and grit that needs to be completely cleaned off prior to adding an injection molded santoprene (thermoplastic elastomer) part. I have an ultrasonic cleaner available - how do I get them clean before and after the injection molding?
posted by Northwest on Mar 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Micro-run offset printing for CD inserts.

Can anyone offer opinions on reputable offset printers for CD inserts in short-run or micro-run quantities (50-100 copies)? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

US Consumer Electronics Contract Manufacturing: How do I get started?

I am having issues with our overseas electronics contract manufacturer. I would like to collect proposals for domestic manufacturing, but I'm not sure where to start. At this stage, I am most concerned about assembled PCB costs. We have a critical semiconductor component that our overseas CM has sourced at well under 50% of what I can find that component at, and it's making other proposals difficult. This is for a product that will sell in the $25-$30 range, and we expect an initial order quantity of 20-50k units. I could just cold email manufacturers, but is there a better way?
posted by trevyn on Dec 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How to manufacture a version of something that already exists?

I would like to manufacture a table with these legs, but with a wood desk top. Where would I go to do such a thing? Most "prototype" manufacturers are for metal products, etc.
posted by uncannyslacks on Nov 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Kit me out in Union/Hippy/Socialist/Anarchist/Morals Friendly Clothing

I am looking for a new clothing supplier. The previous company I shopped with have been outed as a bunch of labour-abusing dirtbags and I can't have that. I need to know the names of some places I can buy clothes with confidence and conscience and was hoping maybe I could get some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Nov 14, 2013 - 21 answers

How do I research the manufacturing of a handbag?

I want to research the possibility of having a certain design of handbag made, in quantity, to sell. It's a large version of a tiny handbag I see in a number of stores. What's the way to start on this path? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Advice for an aspiring CNC programmer/machinist

I will begin a course in CNC programming/operating in 2 months time. I want to be as prepared as possible going into it, make the most of the education while I'm learning and have realistic expectations about employment upon completion. What should I know before I start, focus on during school, and what do you know about jobs available for someone with these skills? [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I, as a consumer, avoid supporting slave labor?

I understand and grudgingly accept that buying products made in China often involves supporting a system that treats workers badly and pays them poorly. But I also have believed that at least the workers are employed by choice, and that they deem work conditions they've opted for in some way superior to the alternatives. Today I learned that "Made in China" can also mean "made by the slave labor of religious dissidents." How can I exist as a consumer in this global economy without perpetuating and contributing to this system? Is there any ethical way to buy Chinese imports, or do I risk endorsing inhumanity every time? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 12, 2013 - 15 answers

What's the weird smell along I-5 in Seattle?

For years I've noticed a weird smell when driving south on I-5 in Seattle, just south of the West Seattle Bridge. It's precisely the smell I've always associated with worn brake pads– since there are a number of small manufacturing businesses along that stretch, I've just assumed one of them was making something stinky. Well, now I live on Beacon Hill a few hundred yards from that spot, and we smell it ALL THE TIME. What is that smell, and could it be a health issue? Thanks!
posted by carterk on Jun 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Why are Bangladesh,Indonesia & Vietnam replacing China for cheap labour?

And where can I read more about the economics of the cheap labour industry? [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Apr 27, 2013 - 8 answers

How to Find & Pick a Manufacture

I'm looking for a manufacturer (preferably in the Northeast United States) who can make a simple, but large wood photo frame, about 3'X3' using lightweight plexiglass or acrylic instead of glass. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Will Chinese Manufacturing Quality Improve?

Will the phrase "Made in China" eventually overcome its stigma as "Made in Japan" once did? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 7, 2013 - 30 answers

How can I influence the EnergyStar program?

I think the EnergyStar program could do more good, and may actually be doing harm in its current form. In what ways could I try to impact it? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you recommend some fashion docs for lazy weekend watching?

I'm interested in watching more documentaries or miniseries about the fashion/clothing industry. Three I've rented recently were Valentino:The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Signé Chanel. I especially enjoyed the last two as they really showed a lot behind the scenes about how stuff is made (both the media and the couture dressmaking sides). [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

How to get a plastic case made for a prototype product.

I am making a prototype of a consumer electronic device, the final product will be housed in plastic. I want to get a case made for the prototype that will resemble the final product. The case design is nothing complicated, essentially a rectangular box with some rounded corners and some holes for buttons, etc. I have designed the look of the outside of the case in adobe illustrator (top, bottom, front, rear and side views). The case will have a top shell and a bottom shell that fit together. What is the best way to go about getting maybe 2 cases made for prototypes? I am thinking either cnc or 3d printing, but I don't know what the best route to making a 3d model is from adobe illustrator or anything...
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jan 18, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I sound like a wholesaler contacting another b2b company.

How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?

How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Box my life, please.

I'm looking to produce a very limited-edition chipboard CD box set of about 100 numbered copies. I don't need Megalodon's minimum of 500. Does anyone else produce these boxes? How about obtaining blanks?
posted by mykescipark on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

US Furniture Manufacturing

Can anyone recommend resources, companies or strategies for finding suitable US furniture manufacturers for a line of new designs? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Sep 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Help picking out a CNC Machine

Looking for advice on purchasing a CNC machine. I know there are a lot of crafty people on here and thought this might be a good place to ask. [more inside]
posted by Astalon on Aug 26, 2012 - 12 answers

A Knotty Issue

In all the talk about fast fashion and sweatshop labour, it's often been said that sequins can only be attached by hand, therefore someone needs to physically sew them onto a garment. But what about crochet? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

B2B or not 2B? Wetting beak in manufacture.

New to manufacturing. How do I go from making things to having something made? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Original Wrapper

Where can I have produced my own brand of custom-wrapped individual rolls of toilet paper? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jun 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Is this flashlight going to kill me?

This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on May 21, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I get some kitchen tools made?

I'd like to make some kitchen tools, but I have no idea how to get started. [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Help counting products to ship?

Where can I find something to help me count products I'm shipping? [more inside]
posted by pxharder on Jan 18, 2012 - 5 answers

How to spot a knock-off with the real brand attached?

What are examples of big-name brands who separately manufacture cheaper/shoddier lines and put their labels onto them? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jan 8, 2012 - 29 answers

How to change the process of production in the States?

How can united states manufacturing be made better? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Nov 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Advising team on protecting their prototype as product heads into development?

I'm advising a team which has created a clever interactive teaching item for a specific type of healthcare scenario. It has been received well in initial testing of the working prototype, and the team would like to pursue further development. They need to begin to involve others in exploring refinement and manufacturing, and are trying to determine how to protect their interests. But NDA (non-disclosure agreements) are rarely accepted nowadays. Need to consider alternative strategies... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

How does international shipping work?

I'd like to learn a lot more about shipping things. For instance, manufactured goods from China to the US. What is the process? How is the freight billed? How do you take possession of the goods once they arrive? Who insures the freight being shipped? Is there a good reference for this kind of thing that doesn't pre-suppose familiarity?
posted by mulligan on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

What goes on during the smartphone assembly process?

What goes on during the smartphone assembly process? A lot of it is opaque. Does anyone have insight about what happens from the time the phone's components enter the factory until the time it leaves in end-user packaging? [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Jul 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Slow boat from China

I have a a couple questions about your experience with freight forwarders. In particular, shipping containers via ocean from China. [more inside]
posted by PSB on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

How to raise capital in China?

How can my Hong Konger friend find some money/investors for his rapidly growing fabric company as soon as possible in China? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jul 13, 2011 - 1 answer

What are the science-fictioniest manufacturing locations in the world?

What are the science-fictioniest manufacturing locations in the world? [more inside]
posted by stst399 on Jul 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Manufacturing iPad/iPad 2 sleeves in the US?

Can anyone recommend contract sewing services in the United States to manufacture iPad/iPad 2 sleeves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Ow, my head

Are diet shakes packaged in cans made of significantly heavier-gauge metal than carbonated beverages? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Apr 6, 2011 - 17 answers

ANYONE HERE MADE A CD LATELY?

Has anyone here recently had 1000-5000 actual CDs manufactured, silkscreened, DigiPak'd and shrinkwrapped? Can you share your experiences with me, and make any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Recommend some good texts for a new mechanical engineer.

Can anyone recommend good texts for a new engineer to study while searching for work? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Mar 14, 2011 - 4 answers

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business.

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business by seeking a manufacturer and sales channel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Do we live in a world where a manufacturing network could be not-for-profit?

Can anyone tell me whether a non-profit decentralized manufacturing network is feasible? Interested in opinions both legal and financial in nature. [more inside]
posted by seagull.apollo on Oct 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Why are auto parts more standardized.

Why doesn't an auto manufacturer use more standardized body parts across the product line? I know many platforms share drivetrain components (Audi/VW etc), but wouldn't it be cheaper to extend the concept to the rest of the car? Or is it all just marketing and perceived product differentiation? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Jun 16, 2010 - 11 answers

How much more would computers cost if they were manufactured entirely in developed countries?

How much more would computers cost if they were manufactured entirely in developed countries? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on May 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Fair Trade Cars? Computers? iPods?

Can you think of examples where a firm tried marketing a more expensive "fair trade" version of a standardized manufactured commodity in parallel? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on May 19, 2010 - 13 answers

My boyfriend needs a job in Seattle

SeattleFilter: I'm probably moving to Seattle for law school, and my boyfriend wants to come too! He's gonna need a job, obviously. So tell me, Seattleites: Are there pharmaceutical plants nearby? Other clean room type manufacturing jobs? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by aliceinreality on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me become a furniture/product designer

I've come up with a functional and adaptable line of furniture. Problem is, it's entirely in my imagination. What's the step-by-step process I can take my original idea from fantasy to an actual, sellable product? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Apr 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find software to improve my production scheduling.

I'm looking for software to help streamline production scheduling in a small business. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Mar 18, 2010 - 3 answers

The American dream (made in China)

Economics for clotheshorses: Help me learn how consumer goods and services & manufacturing and business practices have changed for better and/or worse. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

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