The Tesla Cybertruck’s steel exterior doesn’t need wraps to look stunning.

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The Tesla Cybertruck’s steel exterior doesn’t need wraps to look stunning
By Simon Alvarez
December 6, 2020

The Tesla Cybertruck is a stainless steel beast of a pickup truck, and this is highlighted by the fact that it’s not even going to be painted. Elon Musk has mentioned that owners of the Cybertruck would be able to wrap their all-electric pickups with any color or pattern as they see fit. Yet considering that the Cybertruck is built with cold-rolled stainless steel, the vehicle may actually not need customized wraps to make it unique.



All it would take is some heat. Or a lot of it, for that matter.

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When tempered, cold-rolled steel changes colors. These colors span a pretty decent range of shades from bright silver to yellow to purple to blue and grayish-green. Elon Musk has responded positively to the idea of the Cybertruck’s exterior being tempered, with the CEO even joking that he would choose a “Blue Steel” option for his personal truck, a reference to the comedy film Zoolander.

Tesla enthusiast @TheCyberCamper recently gave a shot at simulating how the different shades of tempered steel would look on the hulking steel vehicle, and the results are actually really good. Based on the Tesla enthusiast’s simulated shades, it appears that tempered steel could give the Cybertruck a subtle, unique range of colors.
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The range of colors that result from the Cybertruck’s tempered steel actually seems to have more personality than the current paint options available for the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, which, for now, could be summed up as white, black, blue, gray, and red. Granted, the chances of Tesla actually offering tempered steel color options for the Cybertruck may seem slim, but there’s no denying that such shades do make the vehicle even more eye-catching.

The Cybertruck is arguably Tesla’s boldest vehicle to date. With an extremely angular, origami-like design and a stainless steel exoskeleton, the Cybertruck is extremely durable. It’s also priced very aggressively, with the base variant starting below $40,000 and the top-tier tri-motor version being priced below $70,000 before options. The vehicle is expected to enter production sometime next year at Gigafactory Texas, which is currently undergoing construction.

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Heres the issue with that.

In order to do this type of treatment you would have to disassemble the ENTIRE vehicle to remove anything that can't handle those temperatures. All interior, windows, the whole drive train, the battery pack etc... (and you cant remove the batteries if its a cell to chassis installation like Elon wants)

After all that work you'd be looking at an astronomical cost compared to just wrapping it. Oh and if you change your mind on a wrap its changeable, this isn't.
 

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I imagine the raw material would have to be heat treated as it was rolled off the spool, prior to being cut, scored, bent and welded.

I suppose it would be cool to have a SS gun metal blue Cybertruck.
 

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Kinda iffy at best. I'd hate to be the guy who melted the wiring harness and fused it to the exoskeleton... unless you, naw just forget it. It's as handsome a truck as you're going to want, as is. It ain't broke, don't fix it 'till it is.
 

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I imagine the raw material would have to be heat treated as it was rolled off the spool, prior to being cut, scored, bent and welded.

I suppose it would be cool to have a SS gun metal blue Cybertruck.
I can see a lot of folks sitting in their garages with a hot air gun waving over the truck skin for hours on end to get the desired color.

Wondering how many will give up and end with a tiger stripe pattern after they get tired of hot gunning their truck. o_O
 
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The Tesla Cybertruck’s steel exterior doesn’t need wraps to look stunning
By Simon Alvarez
December 6, 2020

The Tesla Cybertruck is a stainless steel beast of a pickup truck, and this is highlighted by the fact that it’s not even going to be painted. Elon Musk has mentioned that owners of the Cybertruck would be able to wrap their all-electric pickups with any color or pattern as they see fit. Yet considering that the Cybertruck is built with cold-rolled stainless steel, the vehicle may actually not need customized wraps to make it unique.



All it would take is some heat. Or a lot of it, for that matter.

1607302286482.jpeg

When tempered, cold-rolled steel changes colors. These colors span a pretty decent range of shades from bright silver to yellow to purple to blue and grayish-green. Elon Musk has responded positively to the idea of the Cybertruck’s exterior being tempered, with the CEO even joking that he would choose a “Blue Steel” option for his personal truck, a reference to the comedy film Zoolander.

Tesla enthusiast @TheCyberCamper recently gave a shot at simulating how the different shades of tempered steel would look on the hulking steel vehicle, and the results are actually really good. Based on the Tesla enthusiast’s simulated shades, it appears that tempered steel could give the Cybertruck a subtle, unique range of colors.
1607302343699.jpeg




The range of colors that result from the Cybertruck’s tempered steel actually seems to have more personality than the current paint options available for the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, which, for now, could be summed up as white, black, blue, gray, and red. Granted, the chances of Tesla actually offering tempered steel color options for the Cybertruck may seem slim, but there’s no denying that such shades do make the vehicle even more eye-catching.

The Cybertruck is arguably Tesla’s boldest vehicle to date. With an extremely angular, origami-like design and a stainless steel exoskeleton, the Cybertruck is extremely durable. It’s also priced very aggressively, with the base variant starting below $40,000 and the top-tier tri-motor version being priced below $70,000 before options. The vehicle is expected to enter production sometime next year at Gigafactory Texas, which is currently undergoing construction.

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-paint-color-options/
"Cybertruck’s steel exterior doesn’t need wraps to look stunning"

Sure, Simon, especially as long as they remain rather scarce. But when there's one on every block, some owners might want a more distinctive appearance. And if any vehicle's configuration screams, "Wrap me, wrap me," it's the CT's.
 

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Lots of negativity in this thread for some reason. A “pale straw” color cybertruck would be sick! Does anyone know how this heat treat would affect the hardness or structural properties of the steel? I fear that you might end up relieving the internal stresses which make cold rolled steel so strong. If it works structurally then I can see someone doing this to their truck
 

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In order to do this type of treatment you would have to disassemble the ENTIRE vehicle to remove anything that can't handle those temperatures. All interior, windows, the whole drive train, the battery pack etc...
The assumption in earlier threads about this was that this heat treatment would occur during manufacturing -- before all of the items you mentioned would be installed.

(and you cant remove the batteries if its a cell to chassis installation like Elon wants)
A structural battery pack doesn't mean that it's not removable. For instance, sailplane wings are structural, but are also easily removable.

What the structural battery does mean that the vehicle will be too weak to drive without the battery pack installed. But, then again, how exactly are you going to drive the vehicle without the battery pack?
 
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Lots of negativity in this thread for some reason.
I would say that people are starved for new information and that, along with Elon's declaration that the finished design would be revealed "in a month or so." We'll, it has been a month or so and I am personally a bit stir crazy to find out. Maybe that is the root of this "negativity."
 

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There seems to be a few posters who do random drive-by negative posts randomly no matter the topic ^-^

Most of the posts seem eager and positive, in my opinion. Even people I have blocked. ...because it still alerts me to their posts sometimes.

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Elon's declaration that the finished design would be revealed "in a month or so." We'll, it has been a month or so and I am personally a bit stir crazy to find out.
There is a lot of truth in it...
I would like to hear something about "the rest of the world deliverys..."

But back to the topic of this (misplaced or no) tread:

I have an idea that can only work on CT and Starship.

It wil make it stand out even more and desirable for the customers.

How about using a powerfull laser ?? This tool shurely would still fit in at T erra T exas.

A faned out burst of laserlight should heat up only the upper portion of the Exterior metall sheets.

it can be tailored to the desired colour.​
it can be done to the finished vehicle​
it will not affect any other surfaces than metall (by software)​
it does not need cover tape​
there is no problem with any chemicals like oxidizer​
it is removable by polishing.​
it is a fully automated process.​
no extra parts needed​
it is inexpensive, just some "sun power" from the TT roof​
it can be combined with engraving the metall with laser by cranking up the power.​
it can also put instructions (or numbers like VIN ?) in the metall.​

And the best :
You can put logos, two tone yes even multi tone artwork on the CT.

I envision it as part of the ordering process.

You can even upload your own artwork.
A picture of a loved one, a landscape, a couple of nice words............ limitless possibilitys.

If you find my idea is good please somebody forward it to @elon, THX

btw. it would be a nice if this idea earns me a free "TESLASAR Custom Exterior", yes a TLE.🤩
 

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It's hard to control blossoming from heat-treated surfaces, but it would be really cool ^-^ Each dot would be itself a rainbow effect around the edges, and your success at making an image would be how small you could make that transition zone without damaging the steel (introducing microfractures) itself.

-Crissa
 
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