Posted on Oct. 14th, 2019, | By WayKen
China has undoubtedly become the leader of manufacturing in most industries. The majority of worldwide corporations have moved their production to China. The temptation for a cheaper and more efficient production is just too much to make the businesses stay in their home countries. The same thing can be said for rapid manufacturing as well. One of the top cities to go to China for manufacturing ventures and product development is Shenzhen.
A Couple of Words About Shenzhen
Shenzhen is a large city in the Southern part of China. Its population is over 15 million people and its area is over 2000 square kilometers ( larger than London). The city boasts to have its own stock exchange market, a lot of multinational corporations have their headquarters there (JXD, Vanke, Hytera, CIMC, SF Express, Shenzhen Airlines, Nepstar, Hasee, Ping An Bank, Ping An Insurance, China Merchants Bank, Tencent, ZTE, Huawei, DJI, and BYD ). In addition to that, Shenzhen port is the busiest in China and Asia for that matter. Overall, Shenzhen ranks 14th in the Global Financial Rankings. Let's see how all of that came to be.
How Shenzhen Became One of The Innovation Centers of China
Shenzhen was a quiet town 35 years ago. Its main facilities were fishing, farming, and cattle herding. No one could imagine that this town would soon catch up and even overcome nearby Hong Kong in terms of economic development. In the 1980s, the new president of China XiaoPing and his team have thought up a great initiative. They've decided to create the so-called Special Economic Zones where the laws of capitalism pervaded over the communist establishment of the Chinese economy in the other provinces. The first SEZ was Shenzhen and more than 30 billion dollars were invested into the city and its businesses. The investments came both from the Chinese and foreign businessmen.
As a result, modern Shenzhen has become a metropolis with over 15 million people living and working there. It is much more capable than its ancient neighbor Hong Kong in terms of manufacturing and prototyping. Shenzhen today is known for its innovative approach to flexible and low volume manufacturing. A lot of businesses order their prototypes there.
The Current State of Shenzhen Manufacturing
40% of manufacturing in Shenzhen consists of internet, biotech an electronics. Actually, 90% of world electronics are made in Shenzhen including iPhones and Huawei. This tremendous percentage makes Shenzhen the perfect place to go if you want to rapidly develop a new electronic hardware product. I mean, the electronic market in that city offers so many varieties of products that you may not even need to make yours from scratch. You can use others' designs as well and that is completely legal. The next paragraph will tell you how.
Rapid Manufacturing in a City of Production and Innovation
Say, you are developing a new robot vacuum cleaner. You need to verify different elements of the robot by making prototypes. However, if you don't have a whole design yet, how can you test them without the actual robot? You can' t install the elements ( for example, the vacuum pump) on the robots manufactured in your country because the fixture geometry is different and you can't get your hands on their designs and modify them for you because of the copyright issues, otherwise a collaboration with such companies will be very expensive.
However, the market in Shenzhen is brimming with a lot of electronic and hardware products that have been manufactured locally and they are quite cheaper than the USA or European brands because each product has the brand price inside. In addition, if you order a prototype from a machine shop in Shenzhen, they can communicate with the local manufacturers extremely fast and provide you both your prototype and the modified vacuum robot where the prototype can be mounted. Shenzhen is a center of innovation and all the companies help each other out to grow and develop. That is one of the reasons it has risen so dramatically.
The New Area of Shenzhen Industry is Rapid Manufacturing
China was considered a low-cost mass-production line for a while, however, a lot of companies in China offer rapid prototyping and low volume manufacturing services. But the Guangdong Province and Shenzhen, in particular, have made rapid production their new focus.
As it was once with electronics, Shenzhen is all about rapid manufacturing now. Dozens of rapid prototyping firms are springing up daily and the ones that stay afloat in this highly competitive industrial "sea" are the top-notch providers.
For example, WayKen is one of the leaders in Rapid Manufacturing, Prototyping, Part Customization and Finishing operations in Shenzhen. Why is that? Well, they've managed to stay afloat and then to prosper in the highly competitive Economic Zone where 90% of electronic appliances are manufactured. I think that this alone is a feat that speaks volumes. However, if you would like more information, then here it is. The Wayken people have mastered a number of key rapid manufacturing techniques the combination of which allows them to make parts from an enormous variety of materials in mere days. The techniques include rapid injection molding, 3D-printing in metals and plastics, CNC machining, Vacuum casting and much more.
But Wayken isn't all about its technologies, its main feature are its people. Highly professional machinists and engineers will select the best techniques and install everything with utmost precision, kindly project managers will clear up all the questions as fast as possible and the advantage is that you won't need an interpreter, all the people you will come in contact with will be able to help you in English.
How You Can Order a Rapid Prototype in Shenzhen
A lot of people think that ordering something from another continent, especially some personal items or a customized product is very hard. They are afraid to do that and only consider local companies as a development facility for their idea. A lot of people are afraid of their design being copied by the Shanzhai concept followers. Shenzhen manufacturing wouldn't be one of the world leaders if there were problems like that. Shipping is cheap nowadays and they can send you the final prototype by an express mail to arrive within a week on your doorstep. If you want the Chinese to keep your original idea secret, just state that specifically in the contract and you are safe to go.
Otherwise, the quotes arrive extremely fast, there are a lot of specialists who can make the best of your design and provide you the prototype in the short run.