Tesla Model Y body castings begin to stack up at Giga Texas

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Tesla Model Y body castings begin to stack up at Giga Texas
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ByJoey Klender
Posted on September 10, 2021
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-castings-giga-texas-video/


Tesla Model Y castings are beginning to stack up in impressive numbers at the automaker’s Giga Texas plant just outside of Austin. A Snapchat video put up by someone on-site shows perhaps thousands of Model Y castings on the property as Tesla begins to work toward the initial production of the all-electric crossover.
Tesla Giga Texas is slated to begin production later this year, but that is not halting the automaker from starting the pre-production processes of vehicle manufacturing. A focus of Tesla since day 1, the company has always tried to make the manufacturing processes more streamlined through various production efficiencies. The most notable was the introduction of the Giga Press, a massive machine from Italian company IDRA that can cast the body of any of Tesla’s vehicles in a matter of a few seconds. The IDRA presses have been spotted on Giga Texas property in the past, and now it seems Tesla is putting them to work ahead of initial production.

The video was obtained by Teslarati through the Snapchat application, which allows users to scan a map and view Snaps from anywhere on Earth. After finding Giga Texas on the map and accessing the available public Snapchats, it was clear that Model Y castings are beginning to stack up in significant numbers as Tesla prepares to build hundreds of thousands of vehicles at the plant next year.

Tesla has been testing the manufacturing equipment at Giga Texas for several months. In late July, photographs of a Model Y chassis were posted to Reddit, showing a close-to-fully-fabricated body of the all-electric crossover. Some members of the community indicated that it was likely a test frame that was manufactured at the Fremont factory, which was then shipped to Giga Texas to use for calibrating the automated manufacturing machines at the plant. However, Tesla has also built fully-equipped pre-production units since late last month.


Additional Model Y castings were seen in the back of a hauler on site, likely being transported to another portion of the Giga Texas property by Joe Tegtmeyer.


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Credit: @JoeTegtmeyer
In late August, Tesla was already building Model Y pre-production units at the factory. The pre-production phases are usually utilized by automakers to test the accuracy and efficiency of the machinery at the site, ensuring that it is ready for wide-scale operation.

Additionally, there were rumors of Cybertruck chassis also being present at the plant. While unconfirmed, an image of Cybertruck-shaped objects wrapped and concealed by covers gained a lot of traction, but it was never confirmed whether Tesla was building the vehicle ahead of its initial production phases, which have been pushed back to late 2022, according to Tesla’s online Design Studio.

Tesla plans to kick off production of Texas-built Model Ys later this year as the plant’s initial construction phases finally conclude.
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I saw this. Are they expecting the assembly line to outpace the Gigapress at first? Or maybe they are planning capacity around 4 presses and since they only have 2 running want to get a head start?

I assume they can just melt down the bad ones and re-cast them so it just seems odd to have so many banging around.
 

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Maybe practicing with the new Gigapress. Not a bad idea, rather than get your first taste when production starts. That would be sad business practice. peace
 

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They have huge piles of these around the Fremont factory, too.

I wonder what's the difference between the ones in the boxes and the ones in the piles, or the ones outside vs the ones inside?

We've already seen them send some off to be recycled, so...

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It would seem to be pre-production runs to dial in the calibrations on the equipment so that when the factory is ready for full production, they've already knocked out the setup process on the Gigapress(es). Since they can recycle the ones that don't meet specs, this is a smart use of time.
 

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I'd kind of assumed they could recycle them on site since they have a furnace there.
 

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I'd kind of assumed they could recycle them on site since they have a furnace there.
Billet size and weight is an issue for the on-site furnace. You have to do it in an airless space (or at least oxygen free) so bigger is much more complex.

I wondered the same.

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Billet size and weight is an issue for the on-site furnace. You have to do it in an airless space (or at least oxygen free) so bigger is much more complex.
That makes sense. They won't have big numbers of units they need to recycle once things get going so no point in having a way of breaking them down on site. Or maybe they are getting one but it's not set up yet.
 
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