How the Tesla Model S is Made | Tesla Motors Part 1 (WIRED)

for me manufacturing steinberg the way

we assemble this car the way we put it

together all of this is essentially very

different from another cop the modernist

process stages is all starts with raw

material we have coils of aluminum

different gauges different types of

aluminum maybe 56 equals


we start the process by uncoiling the

coils in a special machine we call

blanking machine that allows to flatten

the metal person and cut it into fat

pieces we call them blanks in addition

to traditional blanking tools were using

laser and then with these species we

feed them to the press lines his

gigantic dies and the press lines

essentially form the panels you know



we're getting all of the parts necessary

to meet the body of the recall out of

those gigantic machines and then all of

these parts as they are finished so to

speak are brought to the body shop the


rule of the body center is to take all

the stamping panels that we make and we

bring all that together in one central

location and that's where we actually

put the model ass together

we'll start and we do an underbody which

is the main floor system of the car and

then from there we'll move to body sides

that's the internal reinforcement as

well as the outer skin and inside the

framing area we take the body sides the

underbody and the front end of the car

and we actually marriage it all together


one of the most unique things about this

body center is we actually have five

different overall joining methods for

the body show we use adhesive we use

self piercing rivets we have cold metal

transfer conventional resistance welding

as well as a new Delta spot welding


when a body leaves the body center it's

actually a full completed body shell

ready to be prepped and painted every

gigantic robot that takes the body and

put into an conveyor it is conveying to

the paint shop you have multiple

pretreatment primer base coat clear coat

all of this is supplied with robots that

have a special ability to paint in a

very clean environment you get a

beautiful painted body that's coming to

general assembly where we have these

super elegant robots we call smart card

where every card is essentially moving

through the factory by itself it follows

a magnetic strip and essentially the

card is being assembled from inside out


we're utilizing automation to the

fullest we have a variety of robots from

the teenager ones to huge one that are

able to move the entire body itself


one of the robot that I I'm always very

impressed to look at is the one that

puts the seeds inside a Model S and the

same robot is able to change tools go

from a seat handling device to putting

the windshield actually grab the

windshield put some glue around it and

then put the windshield onto the car as

well as do the real glass of the

vehicles so talk about versatility here

we have most everything we need right

here in house we do the majority of our

stamping panels ourselves we have design

engineers here at the facility so we're

very nimble and very quick at what we do

currently it takes about three to five

days for model has to go from raw

material all the way to being finished

on the air vent line it's magnificent

it's like a piece of art we constantly

try to improve process efficiency we

want to push the boundaries of what can

be done by robots versus humans so it's

a constant evolution this Tesla factory

is the future of the USA and the world

that's the way I see it

we are building the future here that's

how proud I feel about this