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Tuesday, 23 June 2020 17:51

Tesla’s ‘House-Sized’ ‘Giga Press’ for Model Y Production Opens the Doors to 1M Cars Per Year

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has noted the Model Y’s casting machine is one of the biggest in the world, so much so that the equipment itself is “the size of a small house.”

As noted in a piece from the recent issue of Automotive Engineering, it appears Musk’s statement is actually very accurate. What’s more, the Model Y’s massive “Giga Press” casting machine could very well become the defining factor in helping Tesla achieve a production rate of 1 million vehicles per year. 

 

The Tesla Model Y may be built on the Model 3 platform, but the vehicle is loaded with improvements and innovations from the ground up. During Sandy Munro’s extensive teardown of the vehicle, the automotive veteran noted the Model Y featured some of the largest aluminum casts he has ever seen in a vehicle of its size.

 

This was most represented by the Model Y’s two-piece rear underbody aluminum casting, which Musk expects could be further reduced into just one piece. 

 

At the center of this all is the Giga Press itself, the machine capable of actually making aluminum casts as big as Tesla requires. The machine is supplied by the IDRA Group, an Italian leader in HPDC equipment founded in 1946.

 

So far, Tesla is the company’s first customer for the OL6100 CS, a mammoth casting machine that underwent some customization to handle the electric car maker’s casting needs. 

 

True to Musk’s description, the machine itself is the size of a house, measuring 64 ft. (19.5 m) long and 17 ft. (5.3 m) tall. It’s also incredibly heavy, at 410 tons.

 

Interestingly enough, according to the automotive engineering publication, the Giga Press is intended to be installed in several key locations, such as the Fremont Factory and Gigafactory Shanghai. 

 

Laurie Harbour, president of Harbour Results Inc., a manufacturing consultancy firm, said the use of Giga Press for the Model Y production is certainly new, but it makes sense.


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