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Blog Watch a Tesla Paint Robot Spray the Model 3

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by TMC Staff, Aug 8, 2018.

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    Elon Musk has has pointed to Tesla’s paint shop as one of the areas that has slowed Model 3 production. In fact, he said in a letter to employees in June that the paint shop needed “radical improvements.” Nearly two months later, it seems Tesla is proud enough of its paint shop to show it...
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  2. Daniel in SD

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    Shouldn't paint be one of the easiest things to automate? Am I missing something here?
     
  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    It's only easy if it's black.
     
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    When will an Obsidian Black paint run start?
     
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    I believe the delivery thread had some Obsidian VINs finally
     
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    Thanks! I'll have to check!!!
     
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    That paint sprayer looks "utterly ridiculous"!
     
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    Udderly so
     
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    I need one of these for my house !!!
     
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    Too bad it doesn't detect for contaminants before it paints!

    Mine had too many, took it to Tesla Service center, likely need to repaint the whole car! Without the utters! haha
     
  11. Daniel in SD

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    I saw the pictures you posted of your car. Unbelievable! Hopefully this machine is to replace the rattle can system they were doing in the parking lot for yours. Tesla should really give you a new car. Repainting a whole car to factory quality is not practical. Maybe they can sell it CPO as the the first $35k Model 3 :p
     
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    So.... What do those "nipples" on the paint sprayer actually do? Seems like everything comes out of the center. Are they blowing air to direct the spray or something?
     
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    Electrostatics.
     
  14. Trevor B

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    Maybe your car was painted in the tent :)
     
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    painting at speed - capacity - daily output - 1 or 2 thousand cars a day - how many gallons per day? per hour?
    Where and how long to dry??
    You get the idea, right?

    You can make almost anything. Producing that anything at scale and making money well it is complex...especially vehicles.
     
  16. Daniel in SD

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    I'm not saying it's easy, just saying it seems like it would be the easiest thing to automate.
    What part would be hard compared to painting by hand? It just seems like you'd program the motion control and be done.
     
  17. Jean Loyens

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    :):):):):) Great comment! Looks like a cow... but hey, if the cow gives good milk, who cares what it looks like, right?
     
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    More like udderly ridiculous. My first thought when I opened up the site and saw that photo was, "Weird, a 6-teat cow."
     
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    Yeah, well, how's about spraying some Blue so I can get a VIN someday soon! :D
     
  20. RFernatt

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    So do we know if this is a new more automated paint system/process or just video of the existing paint process?
     

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