Design Raid News Inside ELON MUSK's car factory of the future

Inside ELON MUSK’s car factory of the future

Wired takes us for a tour inside Tesla’s car factory of the future

Inside ELON MUSK's car factory of the future

At one end of Tesla’s 500,000 square metre factory in Fremont, California, there is a very large, white box. Inside it is a Schuler SMG hydraulic stamping press, and it happens to be the largest in North America; this one machine can stamp out a new car panel once every six seconds, or 5,000 per day, with up to 10,000 tonnes of force out of an aluminium coil that weighs 9,071kg when it shows up at the factory.

New, this single piece of equipment would cost you $50 million. Elon Musk bought it for $6 million — including shipping, which took four months. To stand on a gantry, and watch this mechanism about its brutal work from above, you might suppose that Tesla is in the business of making cars.

Not so, says VP of business development Diarmuid O’Connell. […]

Wired.co.uk

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Competitions

Storyhouse includes a large main theatre space with a 20m high flytower, a studio with a dedicated bar, a boutique cinema and a city library
Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions
The SIX is a 52-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans
The project is located in one of Dubai’s busiest residential neighborhoods and accordingly surrounded by many low rise houses.
Like a kaleidoscope, the Andaz hotel reflects the culture and tradition of the neighbourhood, creating a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere ...
Located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood, the Galley house challenges conventional notions typical of a semi-detached, Victorian era home...
‘Two Tree House’ is designed for a young family on the steep terrain of a north facing escarpment in Australia.
In this Crown Heights brownstone, spaces are defined by built-in graphic millwork compositions and vivid three-dimensional color treatments ...
This newly built brewery with a restaurant and a bakery is located at the periphery of a Prague residential area called Hostivar
Restored interior and skylight bring new life to Chicago’s landmark Union Station

Frank Gehry Interview: Jump Into the Unknown

Watch the Canadian-American architect talk about his life, architecture and the world today in this in-depth video by Marc-Christoph Wagner for Louisiana Channel

Alejandro Aravena – To Design is to Prefer

In this personal video interview, the Chilean Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena shares his unorthodox path to architecture

Inside the converted orangery that Muller Van Severen call home

Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen—the creative duo behind Ghent-based design studio Muller Van Severen—are no strangers to having unknown visitors ...

Torkwase Dyson for MoMA PopRally-The Shapes that Make the Black

Responding to Wolfgang Laib’s evocation of the past and present in his seminal work Milkstone, Dyson’s one-day presentation is concerned with the ritual ..