After Tesla and Hyundai, Toyota is also experimenting with gigacasting. It sounds clever and simple: instead of producing dozens of small, individual parts that you then have to weld together, the enormous machine spits them out as one complete construction. That is faster and cheaper, which lowers the price of the car, but there is also a major disadvantage for the consumer.
It's not Toyota, though Tesla that started with gigacasting. The Americans have an enormous Giga Press, which simplifies and accelerates the production process. 70 individual parts are replaced by three large ones. The cost savings are approximately 30 percent. Not to mention the time savings. No wonder that other car manufacturers are looking at Tesla with more than average interest. earlier Hyundai already did thisnow Toyota is also starting to experiment.
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At a workshop in Japan, Toyota presented its new gigacasting technology, which can be used to create a complete bodywork from just three parts in a short time. Instead of welding the individual parts together, an injection molding press spits out the sheet metal parts in gigantic presses as one complete whole.
Thanks to this technology, building cars becomes cheaper and the production process goes faster. According to Toyota, the body assembly time will be reduced from 20 to 10 hours. The customer also benefits, because the shorter production time can reduce the price of the car.
But there is also a major disadvantage to gigacasting. Suppose you are hit from behind, or you accidentally drive backwards a little too enthusiastically. If this is done now, the individual part is replaced and a repair does not have to cost a lot of time and money. But with a car built according to the gigacasting principle, the entire rear part of the car must be replaced immediately. This can become so expensive that the car can actually be written off.
The first Toyota electric models with the new production technology will be launched on the market as early as 2026.
This post was last modified on October 10, 2023 8:34 am
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