Factory For All

Bringing the world's largest manufacturing center to you

Around the world people are innovating through open source technologies and hacker spaces. It has never been easier to make your ideas real. Factory for all is an attempt to bridge this new wave of innovation with the manufacturing muscle of China. 

Factory For All is the Engineering services branch of ww.SamuraiCircuits.com. We basically spend all of our time in Shenzhen China. However Samurai Circuits is registered as a legal company in the United States.


In short:

We can help you make your stuff.
Our biggest advantage is we know how to make stuff in China.
For whatever reason China seems to be a great place to make stuff.

The longer version of the story:

In large part due to the Internet and open source, people are collaborating online and in hacker spaces building awesome technology around the globe. It has never been easier to make your ideas real. Individuals at home now have the power to make prototypes. However manufacturing on any significant scale is still something primarily left to people with bigger budgets. Kickstarter has done a lot to bridge this gap. However I believe a lot more can be done in the field of manufacturing to cater to all this new talent.

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The Idea

I was having a conversation with Chris Anderson (co-founder of DIY Drones) at Maker Faire 2011.  After showing me their open source Quadra Copter, he pointed out that nearly all the components came from China.  He said, "It would really be useful if there was somebody in China who could manufacture circuit boards in small quantities and then source all the different parts.  And maybe they could laser-cut acrylic parts for enclosures or other mechanical systems that everything can be bolted to. Circuit board assemblies, laser cut enclosures, and motors and things sourced from China. These three things together have so much potential."

So now I'm trying to make it all real.  Thanks, Chris!


Me, Tully Gehan

When I was a child I always knew that I would be an engineer.  like most engineers to be, I disassemble all of my toys to see how they work and reassembled them. my grandfather was a German Mechanical engineer and his father was an engineer. In my family I am at least the third generation of engineers. My grandfather did not like Hitler so he immigrated to Canada and eventually worked his way into America working for Ford Motor Company in Detroit and later moved to the state of Washington to work for Boeing.

During the time that world war two started, there was a great deal of hatred towards German people. My mother tells me that my grandfather practiced his English so he could speak perfectly and nobody would know that he was German. However after the war people started to love German quality products once again and knew that German engineers were the best.  At that point my grandfather developed a very thick German accent so strong that it was difficult for most people to understand him. This way he got more respect as an engineer.  My grandfather's wife was no slouch either, she studied mathematics at the University of Berlin and had some rather famous professors including Albert Einstein. She had numerous stories about how forgetful he was of simple things and profoundly skilled at doing difficult mathematics.

I graduated from Rochester Institute of technology with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. I chose mechanical engineering because I knew that it would be easy for me to do. However I was always very interested in electrical engineering. While I was a student I did some work at the University of Rochester's lab for laser energetics on world's largest infrared laser system at the time used for laser fusion research.  I also worked at DEKA the think tank company founded by a famous inventor Dean Kamen that developed the Segway numerous other famous medical devices. I worked with a research group to develop a sterling engine based alternative power supplie for devices like the Segway.  This sterling engine project later morphed into a sterling engine water purifier.

After I graduated I moved back to the state of Maine so I could spend more time with my family.  I worked at Enercon Technologies.  Enercon was a fast-paced electronics contract manufacture.  It was my job to help to design products for the customers and then outsource all of the manufacturing except for the electronics which was manufactured by Enercon. This was a great opportunity to learn about manufacturing and designing products for manufacturing.  At that time I realized if I could only learn how to do the electrical engineering I could design electronics products in their entirety. That was about 10 years ago but I'm proud to be significantly skilled in both fields mechanical and electrical. Since that time I moved to Silicon Valley in Northern California.  During that time I spent a lot of time working in the cell phone industry.  Through my work in the cell phone industry I started to spend a lot of time in Asia.  I lived for about two years in Hong Kong. At that time I started to study Mandarin. Being able to speak Mandarin has made life and traveling in China much easier. during 2008 I traveled to the site of the earthquake in Sichuan province and met the survivors. I saw the terra-cotta warriors on my way to Beijing where I hung out during the Olympics. After the Beijing Olympics I moved to Taiwan to work for OpenMoko on the world's first open source open hardware smart phone.  here I got to see firsthand the advantages and disadvantages of open hardware.  At that time the Arduino had just started to get popular with their Duemilanove which is Italian for 2009. After OpenMoko closed their phone project and laid everybody off.  I took a one-year vacation to study Arduino and learn as much as I could about electronics.

Using the Arduino architecture to design electronics products gives you numerous benefits.  There are massive libraries of open source code available.  There are numerous blogs where people have pushed the limits of the hardware and human imagination.

Aqua Jiang

She is a graduate of Nanjing University of Technology. Her major is in electrical engineering, mainly in high voltage. DBD (Dielectric Barrier Discharge) and Plasma Jets. She loves learning English and programming her Arduino.



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