In addition to design, I am very involved in the manufacturing of the products. For me, the actual making and assembling of products is the equivalent of modern day craftsmanship. Our QC process, testing, quality check and recheck are all part of the makings of a quality product we can be proud of. As an industrial designer, I've come to realize the manufacturing of consumer products is far from an automated process where raw materials go in one end and a bunch of robots magically assemble the end product out the other.
The truth is most of the products we buy and take for granted are assembled by the hands of many many workers including electronic devices and various gadgets you think would be rather automated. The care and skill of those workers can be often seen in the final product. No matter how good the design is, it takes people who care and take pride in their work to make great products. The assembly table is only a few feet away from my desk and currently I'm at the assembly line more often than I am at my desk and I love it. :)