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September 19, 2023

Tesla's Game-Changing Bid to Transform Car Manufacturing

On September 14, 2023, Reuters reported Tesla's groundbreaking quest to cast car underbodies in one piece, a complex feat

In a recent report, Reuters unveiled an intriguing insight into Tesla's relentless pursuit of innovation. According to their sources, Tesla is edging closer to a groundbreaking manufacturing milestone that could shake the automotive industry to its core.

Tesla's ambitious goal is to cast the underbody of its cars in a single piece using a high-pressure casting technique, a process that could revolutionize car production. Traditionally, car manufacturers rely on numerous stamped metal parts that are assembled, welded, bolted, or glued together to create a unibody structure.

If Tesla succeeds in perfecting this technique, it could potentially slash manufacturing costs by up to 50%, applying intense pressure on its competitors to keep pace with this game-changing innovation.

Learn more about Tesla's audacious endeavor and the significant challenges it faces in this transformative journey.

While the road ahead is fraught with challenges, including the need to design subframes that are both hollow and capable of dissipating crash forces, Tesla's determination to pioneer this transformative casting method is evident.

They've turned to innovative approaches, including 3D printing and industrial sand molds, to reduce costs and increase flexibility in the prototyping process. This agile approach enables Tesla to make swift modifications, ultimately speeding up the design validation cycle.

Tesla's upcoming small car/robotaxi, with its simpler underbody, offers a prime opportunity for Tesla to cast an entire EV platform in one piece. This could mark a significant milestone in the company's relentless pursuit of innovation and its commitment to revolutionize the automotive industry.

As Tesla contemplates this bold move, it's clear that Elon Musk's appetite for risk and innovation remains as voracious as ever. Stay tuned for more updates on Tesla's audacious bid to transform car manufacturing.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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