IDRA has unveiled a giant 8,000-ton die-casting machine that will be the tool for the production of the iconic Tesla Cybertruck and possibly other Tesla cars. The new Giga Press is the one that Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about during the Q4 2020 Earnings Call.
Cybertruck will be a truly revolutionary vehicle. For its production, a number of the latest technologies, processes, and methods will be used. It has an origami-style design and using a stainless steel alloy exoskeleton made from the same material that will be used on the outer shell of the SpaceX Starship rocket. “It is, it is literally bulletproof to a nine-millimeter handgun. That’s how strong the skin is — it’s ultra-hard, cold-rolled stainless steel alloy that we’ve developed. We’re going to be using the same alloy in the Starship rocket, and in the Cybertruck,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk during the pickup’s unveiling.
In addition to its impressive exoskeleton, single-piece rear casts for will be used for production, the same as in Model Y. In the case of Model Y, Tesla used a Giga Press with a clamping force of 6,000 tons, but for the production of the single-piece rear casts for Cybertruck, the company needs a larger machine. During the Q4 2020 Earnings Call, Musk mentioned that Tesla intends to use a similar Giga Press as for the Model Y, but the clamping force for producing the rear part of Cybertruck will be 8,000 tons.
Now, in a new video, the company that manufactures Giga Presses for Tesla has officially announced that it has received an order for the first 8,000-ton Giga Press. Although IDRA General Manager Riccardo Ferrario did not say that Tesla was the customer, he described it as "a leading global manufacturer for new energy vehicles," which clearly indicates Tesla.
Ferrario said the 8,000-ton Giga Press could be used for the production of chassis components of larger vehicles such as pickup trucks, full electric lightweight goods vehicles, and SUVs. This also indicates that, in addition to Cybertruck, such machines could produce parts for the Model X, as well as for a van, which is expected and could be introduced by Tesla in a few years.
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