Since its founding, Tesla has had an extremely ambitious plan: to produce the best electric cars while optimizing its processes as much as possible. The manufacturer has come up with a lot of new things in this area since the launch of its Gigafactories, which have been significantly increasing their production for some time.
However, given the increasing demand that Tesla has experienced in recent years, the company still needs to further optimize its processes. Not only to reduce costs, but also to be significantly more agile by simplifying production.
In fact, it will implement one new casting process that could significantly reduce costs and simplify vehicle production beyond the capabilities of the rest of the industry, which would undoubtedly provide a competitive advantage over other manufacturers, even those that have been in the industry for more than half a century.
According to sources from ReutersWith the new process, the car manufacturer can cast almost the entire underside of the vehicle in one piece. This is a very ambitious step, as today, depending on the model and manufacturer, around 400 parts have to be manufactured and welded using traditional industry techniques.
A process that began with the Tesla Model Y
It’s a process similar to that used by Tesla on the Model Y, producing some parts using its own ultra-high-pressure molding process, which can be used to shape both the front and rear of the vehicle. The new process would allow you to use similar technology with some nuances for the entire lower part of its cars, not just limited to the Model Y. Once this new process is introduced, Tesla could produce the entire underbody of its cars in one piece.
Keep in mind that there is a reason why manufacturers use multiple parts when making bass guitars. Generally, the underbody is made by welding parts together, exposing the subframe, which is completely hollow Helps the car structurally in an accident.
However, Tesla would also have a solution to maintain the hollow structure of the subframe: a new mold that contains 3D printed cores made of solid sand. After the piece is printed and cast, the sand is removed, This means the same hollow substructure is retained without having to weld parts together.
It is not known when Tesla will have the new process ready, but it can undoubtedly be a big change that will revolutionize the electric car industry and also take advantage of the innovations that this type of vehicle allows to be manufactured due to the smaller number of vehicles in terms of mobility Parts before. to a conventional one.