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Matchbox Car of the Future – Tesla, Matchbox cars have always been so much fun to play with as a child. They were always a great way to own a car without having to pay the price tag of some of the most incredible vehicles in the World.
Their simple designs and construction always made kids eyes light up with excitement and fun. Companies like Matchbox had thousands of cars both real and fantastic to choose from and they came in all shapes colours and types.
The construction of these vehicles would be as complicated as the real thing, but under the veneer, it was simply a metal cast with some plastic interior and wheels.
So why has it taken over 100 hundred years for a car company to try to do the same thing?
Tesla rethinks manufacturing
Matchbox Car of the Future – Tesla. Tesla has spent billions of dollars making some of the most incredible vehicles. They have now started to bring the same principles that matchbox employed into real-world vehicles. This simple approach has found several benefits.
Elon mentioned the process to create vehicles like matchbox cars several years ago. The Model Y seems to be the testbed for these advancements to make their way into real-world vehicles.
The Giga press appears to be the tool that will make this happen. The new factories of Giga berlin and Giga Texas and eventually Giga Shanghai will employ the use of the Giga press to produce castings of vehicle parts.
To achieve such an amazing manufacturing marvel Tesla worked to develop their own formula of aluminium to deliver the casting. Taking a structure in the vehicle from many pieces down to 1-2 pieces is truly incredible.
Model 3 has almost 70 parts in the rear construction.
Model Y has 1-2 pieces in the rear casting
These images show the contrast between the two vehicles and how much simpler the construction is.
The Model Y is the vehicle Tesla believes will sell millions globally, as I wrote about last week, so to produce the vehicle in large numbers they had to rethink the complete process of manufacturing at volume.
Linked In post
The recent post by Tom T. on Linked In shows the success of the Giga press and its possibilities moving into the future.
Matchbox cars will continue to be the cool toys that they have been for decades. It is now that the young children that loved those vehicles can now love the real vehicles made the same way and help influence the future of the car industry.