Tesla’s Mesmerizing Video Features Frunk-stamping Robots
Who would have thought that watching a robot stamp frunks could be so satisfying?
Tesla just posted a couple of short videos (below) filmed at its Fremont, California factory that show robots stamping sheet metal into parts for their Model 3 and Model Y electric cars.
The cyclic sound and movement make for an intriguing display of advanced technology as the factory works around the clock to build the vehicles for Tesla’s North American customers.
Watch the powerful robotic arms with metal sheets go in and out while the huge hydraulic press swings up and down to make parts for the frunk (front trunk, for strangers).
Also model 3 frunks pic.twitter.com/Up848EP3mk
– Tesla (@Tesla) January 24, 2021
The footage follows a longer video (below) made by Tesla a few years ago that shows the same factory crashing a Model 3. It shows the car moving along the production line while a number of robots and humans build the model 3 piece by piece.
In keeping with the robot theme, Tesla recently demonstrated its battery manufacturing process in an artfully produced video (below) designed to encourage people to apply for jobs at the upcoming Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories.
The Tesla facility in Fremont spans 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space and employs more than 10,000 people in a variety of roles.
The site housed General Motors from 1962 to 1982, and GM and Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing from 1984 until the partnership ended in 2009. Tesla bought the plant in 2010 and overhauled it in preparation for Model S production. The first vehicle came off the grid two years later.
The site also includes an employee training center, cafeteria and food trucks, gym, 24/7 medical center, and outdoor patios, according to Tesla.
Tesla’s latest Fremont factory videos came on the same day the company cut the price of the Model S and Model Y 17-inch touchscreen upgrade from $ 2,500 to $ 1,500.
Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Tesla to recall approximately 158,000 vehicles – including the Model S 2012-2018 and the Model X 2016-2018 – because of a safety issue with the vehicles’ touchscreen. The company has yet to announce whether it will proceed with the recall as it has tried to fix it with wireless software updates.