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  1. Gordon E Peterson II

    3mm thick 30X stainless steel body panels / exoskeleton

    The 8,000 ton GIgapress is to cast (high-strength aluminum alloy) the rear suspension/chassis (and bed?). These will be the largest aluminum castings in the world.
  2. Gordon E Peterson II

    Cybertruck’s stainless steel supplier to start operations at TX plant by Fall 2021: report

    Yes, of course. But "straightened out somehow" is the problem. 3mm thick ultra-strong stainless steel alloy is (as I mentioned in an earlier comment) either springy, or not... Either way, it's going to be challenging to put it onto a spool (and take it off) and that's going to be more...
  3. Gordon E Peterson II

    Cybertruck’s stainless steel supplier to start operations at TX plant by Fall 2021: report

    It's a safe guess that it's going to be cut using something like a plasma torch. I do expect that further cutting will be done in Austin, but it'll surely be cut at the steel provider too.
  4. Gordon E Peterson II

    Cybertruck’s stainless steel supplier to start operations at TX plant by Fall 2021: report

    The spools would need to be small enough that they can fit on a flatbed truck and be transported on a highway. The SpaceX rocket boosters are MUCH more than 20 feet in diameter. As for "presses", that's precisely the point. This 3mm thick stainless alloy basically doesn't work in "steel...
  5. Gordon E Peterson II

    Cybertruck’s stainless steel supplier to start operations at TX plant by Fall 2021: report

    Well it's worth remembering that the SpaceX rockets are pretty big in diameter... surely the spools that would fit on a truck for shipment to Austin would be much smaller in diameter. Either the stainless steel is going to be springy (in which case it's going to try hard to unspool and get flat...
  6. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    I would guess that there will be an option on the control panel for how you want to configure/tweak the door opening.
  7. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    FWIW, here in Dallas I pay about $0.10 per kWh for 100% wind-generated electricity... from Southwest Power and Light. powertochoose.org
  8. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    I hope so... certainly it's structurally SUPER-strong... but the issue could be that it will lack "crush zones", so will need more space protected by air bags or something? It's going to be interesting to see, that's for sure... Of course, the "crush zone" is likely to be predominantly in the...
  9. Gordon E Peterson II

    Fascinating look at Sinton, TX plant being built to produce stainless steel Cybertruck exoskeleton

    I expect the suspension and drive components (at least) will be attached to the aluminum alloy castings, and not to the stainless steel exoskeleton. I understand and expect that there will be one cast battery compartment, one rear casting and one front casting. But we'll be finding out!! ;-)
  10. Gordon E Peterson II

    Fascinating look at Sinton, TX plant being built to produce stainless steel Cybertruck exoskeleton

    The castings are an aluminum alloy, and they ABSOLUTELY are exposed to the elements. You can see that in the current production MY. I've wondered in fact if the bed of the CT isn't part of the aluminum casting! That would certainly help explain why the 8,000 ton Gigapress is needed for...
  11. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    I think there are actually FOUR channels tracking Gigafactory Austin (and several more tracking Berlin and Shanghai)... According to Joe: "Be sure to check out additional Texas Gigafactory footage on these channels: @Terafactory Texas @Jeff Roberts @Texas Terafactory" ....but based on what...
  12. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    If you're watching the Tegtmeyer drone videos of the progress building the Austin Gigafactory (as I do... it's updated every two days... here is today's video: ) it's pretty damned obvious that Musk is convinced (and helped no doubt by the fact that there are more than a million of them under...
  13. Gordon E Peterson II

    Fascinating look at Sinton, TX plant being built to produce stainless steel Cybertruck exoskeleton

    Does anybody know whether this 3mm thick stainless steel is going to be delivered as flat sheets, or how? Hard to imagine how it could be bent onto a spool or something...?!
  14. Gordon E Peterson II

    Cybertruck’s stainless steel supplier to start operations at TX plant by Fall 2021: report

    Does anybody know whether this 3mm thick stainless steel is going to be delivered as flat sheets, or what? Hard to imagine it could be bent onto a spool or something...?!
  15. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    It would be almost as hard to install the CT line in Fremont as to install it in Austin... especially stuff like like the 8,000 ton Gigapress. Installing it in Fremont and then moving it to Austin just doesn't make sense. I expect ALL the CTs are going to be built in Austin.
  16. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    I was looking at solar panels for my roof, but the battery costs will be coming down SO much before I get my Cybertruck that I'd rather not pay today's prices for the battery walls.
  17. Gordon E Peterson II

    Latest From Musk: Production Cybertruck almost exactly same but better. No door handles. 4 wheel steering. Self opening doors.

    I suspect that as much as anything, this is because of the cost of the work of installing all those small mechanical moving parts in the 3mm thick ultra-strong stainless steel exoskeleton body panels...!
  18. Gordon E Peterson II

    Fascinating look at Sinton, TX plant being built to produce stainless steel Cybertruck exoskeleton

    Fascinating look at the plant being built in Sinton, TX which will make the stainless steel used for the exoskeleton of the Cybertruck...!! https://www.steeldynamics.com/VideoPlayer?videoID=549253364 and the company's website about the Sinton site...
  19. Gordon E Peterson II

    Rear Wheel Steering

    well, if you look at the Tiegtmeyer video, you'll see that the (huge) section of the factory they're building in Austin is NOT for the older, soon-to-be-obsolete smaller battery packs. ;-) It's a pretty safe bet that this GIgafactory will ONLY be producing the 4680 batteries. And presumably...
  20. Gordon E Peterson II

    Rear Wheel Steering

    well, presumably the TeslaVision will prevent (e.g.) the CT back end grazing a car in the lane to your right when you're making a left turn...!


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