Tesla is accepting yet another giant casting machine, known as the Giga Press, at Gigafactory Texas, as the automaker moves to produce entire car bodies in just a few pieces.
Over the past few years, Tesla has invested heavily in casting and alloying technology to enable larger cast parts that have the ability to greatly simplify manufacturing.
The company acquired several units of the largest casting machines in the world. These multi-million dollar giant machines were developed by Idra. Tesla’s first Giga Press, which was installed at the Fremont factory, was put into operation in 2020. The machine, nicknamed Giga Press, was the first of its kind at the time and has a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons (5,600 to 6,200 tf).
Tesla has already produced Model Y with a single rear body which replaced 70 different parts of the vehicle.
Now Tesla has started implementing these machines at other factories in the US, Berlin and China. Gigafactory Texas in Austin has got many of them.
Jeff Roberts, who often flies drones over Gigafactory Texas, saw another Giga Press delivery at the factory this week:
This is believed to be the delivery of the fourth Giga Press at Tesla’s new Texas plant.
Last year a picture of the first single front casting part of Model Y produced at Gigafactory Texas leaked. In October, we announced it Tesla produced the first Model Y with both front and back in one piece.
While Tesla has lagged behind in starting production at Gigafactory Texas, which was supposed to start last year, it looks like the automaker will start production with its front and rear molding in one piece with Giga Press and possibly connect both with its structural battery package.
This will drastically reduce the number of parts needed to produce a vehicle body, which will simplify production and greatly reduce the capital needed to implement production capacity.
It was disappointing that Tesla did not manage to start production at Gigafactory Texas in 2021, but as I have often said, the ramp is more important than the start of production. And with four Giga Presses now installed, it looks like Tesla is preparing for a massive ramp-up at Gigafactory Texas.
I think the bottleneck will be 4680 battery cell production, which we have heard less about.
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