Giga Press

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Giga Press
Die Casting Machine #2 at Tesla Factory, Fremont, 2020
ClassificationHigh-pressure die-casting (HPDC)
IndustryMetal casting
ApplicationCar chassis production
Dimensions19.5 m × 5.9 m × 5.3 m
64 by 19 by 17 feet
Weight410–430 tonnes
900,000–950,000 lb
Fuel sourceElectric
  • 2 × 132kW motors[1]
  • 4 × 90kW motors[2]
  • OL 9000 CS (Idra)
  • OL 6100 CS (Idra)
  • DCC 6000 (LK)

The Giga Press program is a series of aluminium die casting machines manufactured for Tesla, initially by Idra Group in Italy. Idra presses are notable for being the largest high-pressure die casting machines in production as of 2020, with a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons (5,600 to 6,200 tf).[2][3] Each machine weighs 410–430 tonnes (900,000–950,000 lb).[2][3]

Base specification Giga Press machines have been included in Idra's catalogue since 2018,[4] with usage of a custom OL 6100 CS Giga Press begun by Tesla, Inc. in late-2020 for the production of chassis parts for the Tesla Model Y.[5]

For the Model Y, shots of molten aluminium weighing 80 kilograms (180 lb) are injected into the cold-chamber casting mold with a velocity of 10 metres per second (22 mph; 36 km/h).[6] The cycle time is ~80‒90 seconds,[2] allowing an initial output rate of 40‒45 completed castings per hour, or ~1,000 castings per day.

Principle of operation[edit]

Giga Press in closed position during casting + after removal of previous casting; and in open position for robot removal of casting + cleaning;

Die casting works by forcing molten metal alloy inside a reusable mold, then opening the mold to remove the finished piece after it has solidified. The open mold is cooled to 185 °C (365 °F) and cleaned by robots, and fresh molten aluminium is prepared for the next cycle to begin 1‒2 minutes after the first cycle. Each fresh casting is trimmed to approximate size, measured, checked for imperfections, and sent for CNC machining to finished size.[7]

For the Tesla's Giga Press-based casting operation, ingots and off-cuts of aluminium are melted in a natural gas-powered melting oven operating at 850 °C (1,600 °F), until liquid. Slag in the form of aluminium oxide is mechanically removed from the surface, and the rest of the liquid metal is pumped through heated pipes to an enclosed warming oven operating at 750–850 °C (1,400–1,600 °F), heated using 400 kilowatts (0.4 MW) of electrical power. To prevent the formation of oxides, a tank blanket of nitrogen gas covers the molten aluminium, which is circulated to maintain an even temperature. Argon gas and a rotary-degasser are used to remove impurities, with a silicon carbide filter removing most other particles larger than 25 micrometres (1 thou).[7]

At the beginning of each casting cycle robots spray 35 millilitres (1.2 imp fl oz; 1.2 US fl oz) of soybean oil in a thin layer inside each half of the mold to allow separation. The mold is closed, and a low vacuum of 50 millibars (50 hPa) created by pumping out the air from inside. A precise amount of molten metal is pumped from the holding oven into the casting chamber of the Giga Press at 750 °C (1,400 °F), and forced into the mold using a high-speed plunger with an additional 8 millilitres (0.28 imp fl oz; 0.27 US fl oz) of lubricant. The mold is opened, and the raw casting removed at 400 °C (750 °F).

A robot reaches in and removes the casting, placing it in a quenching tank to reduce the temperature from 400 to 50 °C (750 to 120 °F). A mechanical trim press cuts the approximate edges, with excess aluminium being recycled back into the melting oven. The remaining useful part of the casting is X-rayed to check the internal structure, trimmed by laser, drilled for fittings, and then computer-measured for accuracy.[7]

Die structure[edit]

Tesla's Model Y rear casting dies has four known visible parts: [8] [9]

  • 2 big classic main facing dies, oriented vertically with injection from the bottom of the immobile one.
  • 2 smaller side wedging dies, moving in for injection and out for removal.

The front casting suggests an identical die layout, with maybe a 5th wedging die underneath (process) for the front-facing (car) crash rail mount.[10]

Metal alloy[edit]

According to analysis by Sandy Munro, the casting aluminium alloy used in the large Tesla chassis parts is primarily an aluminium 89.5%‒silicon 8.5% mix, plus several other trace elements, falling within the categorisation of Aluminum Association alloy "AA 386":

Analysed alloy composition of Tesla Model Y megacasting[11]
Element Name Percentage
Al Aluminium 89.482%
Si Silicon 8.525%
Cu Copper 0.790%
Mn Manganese 0.455%
Fe Iron 0.277%
Mg Magnesium 0.075%
Zn Zinc 0.020%
V Vanadium 0.015%
Ti Titanium 0.013%
Ni Nickel 0.009%
Zr Zirconium 0.005%
Pb Lead 0.004%
Sb Antimony 0.000%


Vacuum inside the closed mold is achieved using a 4,000-litre tank made by Fondarex in Switzerland.[12]

Molten metal is pumped through heated pipes, and rotary degassing is performed to reduce porosity in the casting.[13]

Steps and machinery involved:[citation needed]

Internals of second Tesla-customised Idra OL 6100 CS Giga Press, with gap for die casting molds, between plattens and moving compression toggles



In 2019 Jerome Guillen indicated that Tesla Grohmann Automation were working on a "giant, giant, giant machine" to "make full-size cars in the same way that toy cars are made".[14]

With our giant casting machines, we are literally trying to make full-size cars in the same way that toy cars are made

Elon Musk, (18 January 2021)[15]

The two biggest casting machines in the world had been purchased by Tesla, according to Elon Musk in April 2020, to enable casting the Tesla Model Y rear chassis and crash rails as a single component.[16][17] In January 2021, Elon Musk announced that also the rear chassis of the Tesla Cybertruck would be produced using an over-8,000-tonne-force (80,000 kN) casting machine.[18] On 16 March 2021, an order had been placed with Idra for the first 8,000-tonne die machine.[19]

As of October 2021 Tesla had five casting machines installed at Giga Shanghai, two machines installed at the Tesla Factory in California, two machines installed at Giga Berlin, and two machines at Giga Texas—plus foundations in preparation for many additional Giga Press machines.

Compression plates of OL 9000 CS (9000 tonne·force) Giga Press, photographed in Italy during Idra Open House tour (2022)

During May/June 2022, Idra were assembling a 9,000 tonnes-force (88,000 kN) Giga Press.[20]


Robot immediately after removing completed Tesla Model Y rear megacasting from Die Casting Machine #1 (DCM1) at Tesla Factory in Fremont, September 2020

Preparation work for installation of the first Giga Press die casting machine ("DCM1")[f 1] was planned to begin in California during May 2020.[16] In May 2020, Tesla requested building permits from the City of Fremont for demolishing a car wash at the Tesla Factory, and installing an arch-shaped metal building for casting machinery.[f 2][f 3][f 4] During May/June 2020 Tesla advertised a "Castings Tooling & Process Engineer" job, based at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, responsible for production ramp-up of the first Giga Press.[21] In June 2020, permits for foundations to support the Giga Press at Fremont were filed, then issued on 26 June 2020.[f 5][f 6]

During July 2020, relocation of electrical equipment and raising of a compressed air pipeline by 1.8 metres (6 ft) were required; these steps were to enable installation of the drilling and tapping ("Drill & Tap") area for the "DCM1" Giga Press-based casting line at the Fremont factory.[f 1] Preparations for the Drill and Tap (D&T) area required in-filling of a pit.[f 7] [f 8] Several platforms required installing.[f 9][f 10]

At the end of July 2020, Tesla filed permit applications for construction work in preparation for Die-Casting Machine #2 (DCM2) at Fremont.[f 11][f 12]

By early-August 2020, the casting cell and first Giga Press were substantially complete, having been assembled in the open air at the north end of the General Assembly building.[22] Permits for the testing laboratory were filed during August 2020.[f 13] (37°29′51″N 121°56′46″W / 37.4975°N 121.946°W / 37.4975; -121.946 (Tesla Die Casting Machine (DCM1 + DCM2): Giga Press OL6100 CS)Coordinates: 37°29′51″N 121°56′46″W / 37.4975°N 121.946°W / 37.4975; -121.946 (Tesla Die Casting Machine (DCM1 + DCM2): Giga Press OL6100 CS))

During September 2020 the first Giga Press at Fremont (DCM1) started producing trial runs of the Model Y single-piece rear casting,[23] and the second Giga Press at Fremont (DCM2) had been installed.[23]

On 11 March 2021, one of the Fremont presses caught fire.[24]


As of July 2020 plans for the Tesla Giga Berlin factory in Brandenburg included provision and piling foundations for eight 6,100-tonne-force (60,000 kN) die casting machines.[25][26] (52°23′49″N 13°47′35″E / 52.397°N 13.793°E / 52.397; 13.793 (Tesla Die Casting Machine building: 8 foundations for Giga Press / 6100-tonne))

Tesla Model Y vehicles built at Giga Berlin will have a redesigned structure.[27] European Model Y cars will use a front chassis megacasting, in addition to the rear chassis megacasting.[28] The first 1‒2 Giga Press machines at Berlin will be required for the Model Y chassis production, with the remainder allowing flexibility in casting large numbers of parts quickly.[28] The first two European Giga Press machines were planned to be delivered to Giga Berlin by the start of 2021.[12]


Locally-produced compression platten (bottom-left) being unloaded at Giga Shanghai factory in July 2020

Idra's parent company, LK Machinery[29] held a factory tour in Shenzhen on 27 November 2019, during which a partially-complete machine was visible.[30] During the factory tour, the locally-produced Chinese machine was branded as "Impress-Plus DCC6000".[30]

By October 2020, three Impress-Plus DCC6000 machines were being assembled for Model Y production at the Giga Shanghai factory.[31] (30°52′19″N 121°46′19″E / 30.872°N 121.772°E / 30.872; 121.772 (Tesla Die Casting Machine: 3 Impress-Plus DCC6000))

By one year later in October 2021, five machines were available at Giga Shanghai.[32]


Construction workers preparing three Giga Press foundations at the Giga Texas factory site in January 2021

For Tesla Model Y car production at Giga Texas beginning in 2022, Tesla began to deploy a single-piece front in addition to the existing single-piece rear casting.[33]

During the night of 18/19 January 2021, concrete foundations for three Giga Press machines were poured at the Giga Texas factory location near Austin, Texas.[34][35] (30°13′12″N 97°37′01″W / 30.22°N 97.617°W / 30.22; -97.617 (Tesla Die Casting Machine: 3 foundations for Giga Press))

On 21 January 2021 the first Giga Press components started to arrive on site.[36][37]

On 22 January 2021 the base frame of the first Giga Press was unboxed and moved into position.[38] By the end of January 2021 one compression platten had been lifted into place, with the other two ready for craning.[39]

As of 2 February 2021, all major components of the first Giga Press at the Austin site has been craned into place.[40]

On 15 April 2021, components for a second Giga Press started arriving at Giga Texas.[41]


The large single-unit Giga Press castings are also a key part of the vehicle design for the Tesla next-generation vehicle[42] to be manufactured at the Gigafactory Mexico facility, on which construction was announced in March 2023. Subsequent vehicles on Tesla's third high-volume automotive platform will also use the giga castings.[43]


LK Technology delivered one Impress-Plus DCC 6000 machine for Glovitech of South Korea, installed in the Vân Trung Industrial Zone, Việt Yên District, Bắc Giang Province, Vietnam.[44] The machine is used for producing large Faraday cages (radio-frequency enclosures) for 5G mobile base stations.[44] The machine was delivered in December 2020, and produced the first castings in March 2021.[45]


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Fremont permits[edit]

  1. ^ a b Molinar, Robert; Tesla (7 July 2020). "F20-0048 Drill & Tap Demo". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00126. City of Fremont. prepare existing factory for new manufacturing line. … demolish existing lighting above and below the mezzanine. … relocate existing panels … transformers and IDF cabinets that are blocking future tools to new location. … relocate compressed air header – raise elevation approximately 6'-0" (must be done before tying in for DCM1) … reroute domestic water piping (that feeds maintenance shop)
  2. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (5 May 2020). "Tesla F20-0048 - Castings Demo". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2020-05639. City of Fremont. Remove car wash equipment including tank, filters, pumps with associate piping and accessories as well as associated electrical and civil components … $576 paid
  3. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (20 May 2020). "(Elec) Tesla F20-0048 Casting Arch and associated MEP". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2020-06008. City of Fremont. Architectural and MEP for pre engineered metal canopy structure. … $6,843 paid
  4. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (16 July 2020). "F20-0048-K Canopy Design and Foundations". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00496. City of Fremont. Canopy and foundation design
  5. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (11 June 2020). "(Elec) Tesla F20-0048 DCM Foundations". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2020-06344. City of Fremont. Die cast machine support skid. … $517.00 paid
  6. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (3 August 2020). "F20-0048-M DCM Tool Anchorage". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00972. City of Fremont. F20-0048-M DCM1 Tool Anchorage
  7. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (14 July 2020). "F20-0048-I D&T Pit-Infill". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00447. City of Fremont. Structural: Pit infill and foundations for new manufacturing equipment.
  8. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (3 August 2020). "F20-0048-N D&T Utilities". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00971. City of Fremont. F20-0048-N Castings D&T Utilities
  9. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (25 June 2020). "F20-0048-D TCO Platform & X-Platform". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2020-06699. City of Fremont. Install TCO Platform and X Platform at the north end of site.
  10. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (16 July 2020). "F20-0048-L Furnace Platform". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00493. City of Fremont. Install TCU-Platform and X-Platform
  11. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (9 July 2020). "F20-0048-F DCM2 Arch & MEP". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00297. City of Fremont. Retrieved 13 July 2020. process cooling water & natural gas piping distribution design from existing ab utility mains to new casting area outside. … new trade waste piping from the tie point inside the building to DCM2 area with pipes, pumps & accessories.
  12. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (16 July 2020). "F20-0048-J Foundations #2". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-00494. City of Fremont. Foundations for #2
  13. ^ Molinar, Robert; Tesla (28 August 2020). "Tesla - F20-0048 Test Lab IFP". Permitting (building permit application). No. BLD2021-01626. City of Fremont. F20-0048 Test Lab IFP Facility Improvements

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