Tesla castings at Giga Berlin are being shown, and these castings replace over 70 different under body parts. This enables Tesla to produce cars just like a toy car – where they use single piece castings to quickly make the frame of the car.
Elon Musk has long said that Tesla’s long term advantage will be manufacturing. When Maye Musk took a visit to Giga Berlin, she was shown many things and the castings Tesla makes were one of those.
These giant, steel, structural castings are made and are the same every time. Because there is a machine with a mold, there isn’t any variation on the casting pieces, which will greatly reduce any errors that could occur.
The machinery in Giga Berlin is shown grabbing and hauling the castings around. They are inspected by Tesla workers still. This is one of the ways that Tesla is able to reduce their costs so much, and this helps Tesla lower the cost of its vehicles.
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Idra and the Giga Press
Toy cars are made similarly to this. If you listen to Elon Musk, you can see that he has a vision for Tesla to make cars this way. This is what will allow Tesla to be a mass producer of vehicles at an eventual 20 million per year run rate.
With our giant casting machines, we are literally trying to make full-size cars in the same way that toy cars are made
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 18, 2021
Each casting has taken about 1 to 2 minutes to make, although, Tesla is likely doing things today to reduce these times, along with Idra making improvements to their Giga Press.
One of the things I think about is will there be a way to do this even faster beyond the Idra Giga Press? Is there some technology that will improve even upon this. Perhaps some device that allows the liquid material to be poured, and multiple molds are able to be done at the same time.
What do you think of these die castings from Tesla? Will Tesla be able to reach 20 million vehicles per year using this technology?
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Each casting replaces 70+ underbody parts—enabling us to produce real cars the same way toy cars are made https://t.co/uoyhjXCk3S
— Tesla Europe (@tesla_europe) February 2, 2023
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he’s become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.
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