internet of production in China

China Paradigms 80: Building Wikifactory to Take on the Internet of Production in China

In this episode of China Paradigm, Matthieu David interviews Nicolai Peitersen, Co-founder and Chairman of Wikifactory. In this China business podcast, we learn about his company, a collaborative social platform where creative individuals use digital tools such as 3D printers and CNC machines to design and fabricate products themselves and then share them online through the platform to reach out to individuals doing the same thing. Nicolai discusses how his company is making an impact on the internet of production in China by making digital fabrication more prominent and exploring the possibilities and benefits of using it to localize production.

  • 01:38 Introduction to Wikifactory, its mission and vision
  • 08:55 How will Wikifactory as a platform, disrupt/alter the production industry?
  • 16:08 Wikifactory’s business model
  • 18:50 A collaborative product development social platform for companies and open-source communities
  • 23:59 What is Fab Lab?
  • 25:39 Insights on Digital Fabrication
  • 30:30 How traffic is drawn into the Wikifactory platform?
  • 35:32 What brought Nicolai Peitersen to Chengdu, China?
  • 36:25 What is good to do in China and what isn’t?
  • 42:41 What is a CNC machine and how does it compare to 3D printing?
  • 43:54 Wikifactory and capitalism, product ownership rights and sharing projects online
  • 51:58 Ethics, value creation, social issues and Wikifactory’s impact on China
  • 56:54 Nicolai talks about the social credit system and its link into his work

🔖 Building a collaborative platform for the production industry in China and around the world

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