New casting method for Model Y official discussion

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TrevP

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Good article from InsideEVs on an engineer's take on the Model Y body castings.

https://insideevs.com/news/400574/tesla-model-y-bigger-cast-parts/amp/

I'm VERY interested in seeing what they've done and MORE interested in the beast of a machine they developed to do this.

What are your thoughts? Yes I know we'l get the usual "what about repairs" discussion :)
 

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From what was described, it sounds like the aim is to manufacture the Model Y (and possibly Model 3 in the future) with fewer steps, and less waste. Stamping steel and aluminum is normally a labor and time intensive and wasteful process.

I'm not really concerned about repairs yet, because for the most part it looks like the "retail parts" they're creating are essentially the same, just made much more simply. I think where there might be some difficulty is when these higher-strength frame parts have to be cut and welded by higher-end body shops or those who restore salvaged cars.