The machine with the unbelievable clamping force of 8 000 ton is to be delivered for the manufacture of large structural parts. The die-cast parts will be chassis parts for larger vehicles such as pick-ups, small trucks and SUVs.
Tesla has placed an order for the world’s first 8 000 ton casting machine, which is expected to be key to produce the Cybertruck pick-up truck.
In January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the automaker was looking to secure an order for a new world’s biggest casting machine.
He said during the conference call for Tesla’s Q4 2020 financial results:
“We’ll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck work. We’re actually going to be using even bigger machines for the rear body of Cybertruck because you’ve got. Obviously, it’s a bigger vehicle and you’ve got a long truck bed that’s going to do a lot of loads. So we’ll be using an 8 000 ton casting press for the rear body casting, as opposed to 6 000 tons for Model Y. So 6 000 tons was the biggest casting machine in the world.”
Riccardo Ferrario, Idra General Manager, announced: “Idra makes a world’s first for technological innovation and we are very proud to announce that 16 on March 2021 we have been able to secure the first order for an 8 000 ton die-casting machine.”
“This is a milestone for the industry and thanks for the trust of the customers and for the performance of our engineers,” said a clearly proud Riccardo Ferrario.
“Development work has gone into this product for several years – now the start has been made for a new way of thinking in die-casting.”
Idra didn’t confirm that Tesla is behind the order and, instead, only mentioned a “leading global manufacturer for new energy vehicles.” But Tesla is clearly behind the order since Idra is already a supplier for the automaker, and Musk mentioned the new die-casting machine just a month ago.