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Thursday, 05 November 2020 23:46

On The Lighter Side: Fascinating Look At Tesla’s Mammoth ‘Giga Press’ Machine Being Assembled

Written by Simon Alvarez, TESLARATI

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A recently-uploaded video has provided a rather fascinating glimpse at the assembly process of an IDRA “Giga Press” machine, which allows Tesla to produce single-piece casts for the Model Y.

The short clip highlights the impressive and almost daunting size of the Giga Press itself, which Elon Musk has aptly described as comparable to the size of a small house.


So far, two Giga Press machines have been set up in the Fremont Factory, and they are so massive that they could not be installed inside the facility itself. Tesla has resorted to building a shed of sorts around the Giga Presses, protecting them from the elements. IDRA, the company that makes the Giga Presses, reportedly has 12 orders for the giant casting machine.

 

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In true Tesla fashion, the Giga Press lives up to its name. The machine showcased in the video is Giga Press No. 3, and according to a report from Foundry Planet, it takes up to 24 flatbed trucks to transport the components of the massive 430-ton giant contraption. Its dimensions of 20m x 7.5m x 6m are also quite impressive.


It remains to be seen where Tesla intends to deploy Giga Press No. 3, though filings have indicated that the electric car maker is looking to use eight of them for Gigafactory Berlin. Considering that foundational work is already underway in the Giga Berlin complex for the massive machines, there seems to be a chance that Giga Press No. 3 may be...


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