Tesla already has one 9,000 ton Giga Press installed at Giga Texas to produce the Cybertruck’s body. But with over 1.5 million reservations for the electric truck Tesla is going to need to build a lot of them, and it looks like it will soon get some help with the installation of a second IDRA Giga Press.
According to import records uncovered by Cybertruck enthusiast @greggertruck, more components from IDRA arrived in Texas this month. According to the bill of lading, a document issued by a carrier to acknowledge receipt of cargo for shipment, the parts originated from Genoa, Italy and were destined for the Port of Houston, where they arrived last week on March 16, 2023. (via CybertruckOwnersClub)
The description of what’s inside those boxes reads “Die-Casting Machines Parts.”
Additional shipping records show numerous crates from IDRA being shipped to Gigafactory Texas, again revealing they contain pieces of “die casting machinery.”
Given these parts have only just arrived in Houston, and based on the timeline from when the first Giga Press arrived at Giga Texas, it will likely be several more weeks before they make their way to the Gigafactory to be installed. But based on how quickly the first Cybertruck Giga Press was installed, it won’t be long after it arrives before it is up and running.
That first Giga Press first appeared at Giga Texas in December, with several shipments arriving over the course of a few weeks. By mid-January drone operator Joe Tegtmeyer was able to capture the massive machine being installed through a window in the casting area of the factory, along with glimpses of what appeared to the Cybertruck moulds.
Unfortunately Tesla didn’t like promptly covered the windows up to prevent any further views of their progress towards the start of Cybertruck production.
The Giga Press is just one piece of the Cybertruck production puzzle. Tesla has also taken delivery of a small army of Kuka robots that will help put the Cybertruck together as it moves down the production line. The company has also been busy publishing job postings for dozens of positions related to Cybertruck production.,
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