In January 2020, SensiLab and MADA ran a two-week design workshop in Shenzhen, China. The goal of the workshop was to refine the final design of the SensiLab Drawing Robot platform in order to move from a prototype to a manufacturable product. Five students from MADA, IT, Engineering and Business along with SensiLab Lab Manager Elliott Wilson and MADA Lecturer Dr. Rowan Page spent the two weeks immersing themselves in the consumer electronics and manufacturing capabilities of Shenzhen.
The trip started with a tour of the city beginning in Fumin, the oldest part of the city where we learnt that the city of Shenzhen is only about 40 years old. Before the 80s there was just a sleepy fishing village, now it’s home to over 17 million people.