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It looks like in China it is the most Chinese company and in Germany the most German. But deep down they all have an American soul (the proprietary chip that watches and records everything).
Its great how that works. It seems to make more sense to just build everything in each country rather than shipping tons of parts all over the world for assembly.
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WOOHOO Again for local manufacturing! USA made steel for a USA made pickup.
Things are just as they should be. Gotta thank these guys for putting together the steel -the stainless steel- that's going to make my Cybertruck. And my Starship!
 

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Things are just as they should be. Gotta thank these guys for putting together the steel -the stainless steel- that's going to make my Cybertruck. And my Starship!
You're buying a Starship!?!?!?!

I'm not quite ready to buy one of those yet. But if I took a ride to see how it was I just might get hooked enough to put one on order. LOL.

Now to find the spare millions that would be required....
 

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Things are just as they should be. Gotta thank these guys for putting together the steel -the stainless steel- that's going to make my Cybertruck. And my Starship!
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...?!
 

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I know it is delivered to Boca Chica in rolls for use building the starships but the starships are mostly round so I would imagine a different plan for the CT but I’m just guessing.
 

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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...?!
My guess is it's going to be delivered in flat sheets
 

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My guess is it's going to be delivered in flat sheets
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 again) or else it's going to be damned hard to roll it onto the spool... and once it's on the spool, is going to be damned hard again to unroll it off the spool. And I can't imagine getting very many layers onto the spool, in any case. My belief is that flat sheets are going to be far, far easier to package and ship. In either case it's going to be fascinating to see SO MANY of the things about the CT...!! It's going to be SUCH a revolutionary vehicle for SO many reasons!
 

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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.
I'm not sure why this would be the case. They are making tens of thousands of trucks. They are going to need massive amounts of steel.

Either the stainless steel is going to be springy (in which case it's going to try hard to unspool and get flat again) or else it's going to be damned hard to roll it onto the spool... and once it's on the spool, is going to be damned hard again to unroll it off the spool. And I can't imagine getting very many layers onto the spool, in any case. My belief is that flat sheets are going to be far, far easier to package and ship. In either case it's going to be fascinating to see SO MANY of the things about the CT...!! It's going to be SUCH a revolutionary vehicle for SO many reasons!
I'm not sure how they are going to deal with massive amounts of stainless. It seems to me like flat sheets would make more sense, but with the sort of presses we're talking about here, the original shape of the steel might not make much difference. 3mm is pretty thick and difficult to move by hand, but there is going to be some pretty monstrous equipment pulling the steel off the sheets and feeding it into the steel presses.
 

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The stainless steel will be folded like origami.

I assume rolls will be cut to size in the factory... That's what they do for the internal parts at Boca Chica.

But they could have some sheets made and stacked then shipped.

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SS will be rolled if it's over 7 gauge (4.5mm ish). CT is 11 (3mm ish) gauge SS. Having SDI cut it to size before shipping would be expensive for the cutting and more expensive than normal for the shipping of special shapes/sizes. Tesla will likely cut the steel.


Even if they ship it in flat sheets because Tesla demands it, it'll still be rolled over and over.
 
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I'm not sure why this would be the case. They are making tens of thousands of trucks. They are going to need massive amounts of steel.


I'm not sure how they are going to deal with massive amounts of stainless. It seems to me like flat sheets would make more sense, but with the sort of presses we're talking about here, the original shape of the steel might not make much difference. 3mm is pretty thick and difficult to move by hand, but there is going to be some pretty monstrous equipment pulling the steel off the sheets and feeding it into the steel presses.
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 presses". That's why the CT is flat panels and folded. The "Gigapresses" are casting molten aluminum alloy, and that's a TOTALLY different deal than forming the exoskeleton steel CT body involves.
 

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SS will be rolled if it's over 7 gauge (4.5mm ish). CT is 11 (3mm ish) gauge SS. Having SDI cut it to size before shipping would be expensive for the cutting and more expensive than normal for the shipping of special shapes/sizes. Tesla will likely cut the steel.


Even if they ship it in flat sheets because Tesla demands it, it'll still be rolled over and over.
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.
 
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