Episode 2: Shenzhen and the Maker Movement

Woooooo episode 2 is out!

I wrote a post once about getting my phone’s screen fixed in Shenzhen. I’ve learned a lot from watching these phone repair guys do their thing in Shenzhen.

This video shows most of the process, from splitting the bonded LCD/digitizer assembly using a cutting wire and a heated vacuum chuck, to rebonding, to removing bubbles in the LOCA (liquid optically clear adhesive) by way of a vacuum chamber. There’s also typically a UV curing step that was probably left out of the segment for time reasons. The whole video is a good watch, but if you’re short on time, the segment on repairing a screen starts at 12:36.

2 Responses to “Episode 2: Shenzhen and the Maker Movement”

  1. Raymond Lutz says:

    Open source and open hardware spirits, motivations and principles are incompatibles with capitalism. So, go home Duncan Turner, speaking @7m26 about the difficulties to “monetize the act of making the world a better place” No, really. That kid building the Parkinson spoon holder SHOULD NOT do it for the pleasure of helping his uncle, a friend’s grandmother or an unknown sick person, NO! That’s impossible, that kid should be motivated by greed! Stop all this insanity!!! You fucking freetards!

    We should build une économie de la contribution comme le décrit Stiegler http://arsindustrialis.org/node/3796

    • I think you’re kind of missing the point here – when you’re doing open source hardware (and competing with people who are making non-open source hardware) you’re giving your ideas away, if you want to make a living doing that then you have to move fast and make your money before anyone else does – to the Chinese engineers, who are not as wedded to the western concept that people might own ideas, this is a natural thing