Tesla Giga Texas will soon start installing the 9,000-ton Giga Press as the parts are already in the factory. Parts and unpacked boxes marked IDRA are seen in the Casting Shop.
Tesla Gigafactory Texas has finally received a delivery from the Italian IDRA. This is the long-awaited Giga Press with a clamping force of 9,000 tons, which will be used to produce the rear single-piece cast of the Cybertruck. Boxes of parts for the giant machine have been in Texas for weeks now, but none of the factory's progress observers have been able to spot the delivery to the factory grounds.
Dec. 16, @JoeTegtmeyer/Twitter was able to spot the expected boxes already in the factory. He shared pictures of boxes labeled “IDRA,”located next to the unboxed parts, which were still in polyethylene. The find was in the Casting Shop. Joe shared the first shots on Twitter and later posted a video of the drone flying on YouTube.
IDRA 9K Giga Press major parts identified inside casting machine section today! Here are a few images with amplifying examples. See more in my 16 Dec 2022 Giga Texas YouTube video later today! @JoeTegtmeyer pic.twitter.com/Nq7DHl53KU
— Joe Tegtmeyer 🚀 🤠😎 (@JoeTegtmeyer) December 16, 2022
IDRA GROUP is Tesla's supplier and produces key manufacturing machines for the Texas-based company. The Giga Press they made revolutionized the production of cars, which provided Tesla with even greater superiority over legacy competitors. At the moment, 6,000-ton Giga Presses installed at all of the company's manufacturing facilities around the world are making single-piece ends for Model Y.
An even bigger machine, with a clamping force of 9,000 tons, is critical to the production of Cybertruck. The recently spotted body of the pickup truck demonstrated that single-piece casts that will be produced by the Giga Press will be huge. It is worth bearing in mind that the “single-piece cast” seen, according to Sandy Munro's analysis, is in fact not a real sample. He suggested that this is a prototype made from at least five different parts connected together.
The delivery of the Giga Press for the production of Cybertruck is a very positive signal. The installation of the machine can take several months, after which it will be necessary to calibrate its work, which is always more difficult to do with the first machine. However, Tesla seems to have plenty of time to get the machine up and running by mid-2023, as planned.
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