Giga Press Manufacturer Touts 8,000-Ton Machine

A new video from the manufacturer of Tesla’s Giga Press gives details on the machine the automaker intends to use to use to stamp out the Cybertruck.

The video from IDRA Group General Manager Riccardo Ferrario did not name Tesla, but announced that an electric car manufacturer ordered the first 8,000-ton die-casting machine. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk previously said that to produce the Cybertruck the company would need an 8,000-ton casting press.

Tesla currently owns the two biggest casting machines in the world, including a 6,000-ton unit used to manufacture the Model Y rear chassis and crash rails as a single component.

Tesla reportedly has three casting machines installed at Giga Shanghai, two machines installed at the factory in Fremont, Calif., and one machine set to be installed at both Giga Berlin and Giga Austin.

“This giant machine will be used for the production of chassis components of larger vehicles such as pickup trucks, full electric lightweight goods vehicles, and SUVs,” Ferrario said. “It is a maestro, and not only shows the capabilities of IDRA’s technical superiority but also validates the many, many years of hard work that have gone into realizing this project.”

Musk recently said that a production version of the Cybertruck is expected to be unveiled in Q2. The company is currently rushing to build Giga Texas in Austin in time for the Cybertruck to go into production at the end of the year.

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Oct 14, 2020
If the Cybertruck is an exoskeleton, then would not this casting machine be for other vehicles such as the Semi, or other cars? It has been reported that Semi, model 3 and model Y's will also be built there (Austin).

Wouldn't the manufacture process of the Exoskeleton need more of a press to fold the body from cut patterns of the stainless steel?