A few months back, Tesla’s Giga Press manufacturer IDRA released a video teasing a new 9000-ton Giga Press being assembled at the company’s Italy factory. In the 21-second video, IDRA did not share a lot of details about the new machine besides stating it will be “coming in 3 weeks.”
Currently, Tesla uses 6000-ton Giga Presses to build the front and rear chassis of the Model Y as single pieces. Using the Giga Press has allowed Tesla to decrease the parts that make up the rear body of the Model Y from 120 to 1.
This enables Tesla to eliminate several welding robots from the production line, decrease the footprint of the factory, and decrease manufacturing time, complexity, and assembly errors.
Having a single-piece rear body as opposed to 120 also makes the Mode Y lighter, stiffer, and simply an overall better product but at a cheaper price.
Going back to the new 9000-ton Giga Press, when IDRA released the video teasing this machine, there was confusion as to what product Tesla will use the new Giga Press for. However, a few days after IDRA’s video Elon Musk confirmed the new machine will be used to build the Cybertruck’s body.
According to Tesla, the Cybertruck is not expected to begin production until mid-2023 with initial deliveries not starting until the second half of the year. However, there are unconfirmed rumors that Tesla might deliver 30 hand-built Cybertrucks as early as next month.
Currently, IDRA has finished assembling the 9000-ton Giga Press that will be used to build the Cybertruck. And IDRA has shared this information through the company’s official YouTube channel.
In the video, IDRA shows off the final assembly of the Giga Press. The parts we have seen getting built in previous IDRA videos all come together and now the machine stands as a single magnificent piece.
On top of that, IDRA showcases the new 9000-t Giga Press in action and says that the machine has successfully completed testing.
It’s incredible to imagine the new 9000-ton Giga Press basically “printing” large chunks of the Cybertruck as single pieces. However, before Tesla can begin utilizing the new Giga Press, there is a process it needs to undergo.
The machine will need to be disassembled, transported to the Cybertruck factory in Austin Texas, reassembled, undergo testing, and only then can the new 9000-ton Giga Press begin building the Cybertruck’s body.
This entire process is expected to take several months. However, before we are done digesting this news, today, through its official Linkedin account, IDRA announced that it is currently in the process of assembling a brand new Gigapress.
IDRA did not specify whether the new Giga Press is the 9000-t version that will be used to build the Cybertruck. However, the picture the company shared shows a machine eerily similar to that of the now-completed 9000-t Giga Press.
Currently, besides this short tidbit, there isn’t a lot of information regarding the second Cybertruck Giga Press, however, we will be sure to keep you posted as we learn further information. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see a second 9000-ton Giga Press slated to build the Cybertruck’s body already being assembled? Also, how do you think this will accelerate Cybertruck’s production ramp? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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