In the long term, CEO Elon Musk sees the advantages of Tesla less as an electric car, energy or technology company, but more in the world of production: With ever better factories and products that can be built ever faster, down to his own battery cells, he wants to give it something new Bring momentum and excitement. Interesting in this innovative environment is a job advertisement from Tesla, which the Electrek blog first discovered.
3D printing in Tesla’s Gigafactory Nevada
In the case of Tesla’s electric cars, it currently seems to be primarily about more and larger parts from huge die-casting machines. Eight of these Giga presses are planned for the Gigafactory near Berlin. They should each spit out the rear and the front frame of the Model Y in one piece, then both are connected to a battery element to form the entire load-bearing structure, as CEO Musk recently explained.
But Tesla also deals with completely different production processes, as an advertisement for a position in the Gigafactory Nevada shows. We are looking for a “highly motivated person” to operate 3D printing machines. Because the description of the job also includes cleaning the equipment, it should not be very high-ranking. But there is another note worth noting: The Tesla ad is from a “rapidly growing” team for additive manufacturing (a generic term for processes in which workpieces grow instead of being cut or pressed from other shapes).
What exactly Tesla plans to do in this area is not clear from the ad. Many companies are now working with fast prototype parts from various types of 3D printers. In mass production, on the other hand, such additive technology has still not really made its mark – conventional presses and casting processes are ahead in terms of speed and, with Tesla’s Giga parts, should go even further.
Tesla boss curbs speculation
After Electrek reported on the job, it was still speculated that Tesla would somehow do parts of the production with 3D printing. But even CEO Musk went too far into the future: Additive parts manufacturing for cars is still far too expensive, he wrote on Twitter. The situation is different when it comes to the manufacture of machine tools. Here, 3D printing enables faster innovation – and his rocket company SpaceX, which produces far fewer units than Tesla, is probably years ahead of others in this area.