Tesla is making tremendous progress quickly building Phase 2 of Giga Shanghai to start the production of Model Y electric crossover. In fact, Tesla is also improving its Model 3 deliveries and already beating the schedule delivering the Long-Range RWD MIC Model 3 to Chinese electric car buyers. We just noticed that Tesla is also building a sky bridge between the Model 3 assembly building and Model Y production facilities
In the footage from Wuwa, a Twitter user Reenath noticed the sky bridge connecting the Tesla's Gigafactory 3's Phase 1 extension section to the Phase 2 assembly lines. A Torque News Twitter friend Ray4Tesla suspects it’s the conveyor bridge for casting pieces used for the ModelY. If true, the speculated casting machine is designed to be shared between the Model 3 and the Y production.
Here is what Ray Twitted.
In the footage from Wuwa, @Reenath noticed the sky bridge connecting the phase 1 ext section to the phase 2 assembly lines. I suspect it’s the conveyer bridge for casting pieces used for #ModelY. If true, the speculated casting machine is designed to be shared between 3 & Y prod. https://t.co/3YcfvQTE0O pic.twitter.com/IdEoaZ955Q— Ray Tesla (@ray4tesla) May 24, 2020
We think Tesla wants to centralize the casting equipment used for the Model 3 and Model Y production.
According to Wikipedia, "casting is a manufacturing process in which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowed to solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process."
I did a little research about casting in production and found out the following.
Casting has several types. "The Metal Casting or just Casting process may be divided into two groups: Hot Forming Process. Examples are Centrifugal casting, Extrusion, Forging, Full mold casting, Investment casting, Permanent or Gravity Die casting, Plaster mold casting, Sand Casting, Shell Mold casting," explains The Metal Casting.
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