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The failure seems to be rather obvious at this point.
This La Times article discusses some of the issues.
Tesla’s problems come from the fact that neither Musk nor most of the top Tesla top people are car guys. They are enthralled with the gee whiz technology of electric cars, but don’t really understand cars and really don’t understand how to manufacture in a mass production environment.
Recently I created a post about the history of machine tools. Here’s that post.
Since I did that post I’ve found some great pictures, links and videos of the tools and how they changed over the years.
“How It’s Made” is a quirky program on the Science channel. What it is a demonstration of how various products are made. Each segment is about 5 minutes long and on the cable channel the program will have four or so to make up the 20 minute show(1/2 hour with commercials). Here’s a short segment from a typical show. This one is for vacuum rated ball valves.
I’m thinking that it’s about time. The reasoning on Rush is that it has something to do with Trump and the election. I’m not so sure though. I’ve posted about the issues that Foxconn has had with automation before.
Another in Wired Uk’s series of videos about Shenzhen.
Ran into this excellent post on designing machined parts for manufacturing. the excellent post is from OMW Corp, a job shop in California. The link is below. If you need some machining work done in CA, they look like a good place to go. It’s a good guide to how to design parts for machining. There’s no great rocket science here, just common sense and understanding the tools and how they work.
A revolution in manufacturing is coming. The power of automation and the dropping of the costs of tools is going to change the landscape of how thing get made. How this going to happen and what the impact will be will probably have as large an impact as the industrial revolution did back in the late 18th Century.
After the “Ghost” post I did a little more research on sheet metal toys for an upcoming post on sheet metal fabrication I’ve been working on for the “Let’s Build” series. I thought that I would share the videos I found. Here’s a video of the entire process.
Pratt has finally completed it’s geared bypass engine for commercial aircraft. The development for this engine has been going on for a long time. There are reasons for that. Some of it’s FAA red tape. The biggest part though, is the expected long life of the engines themselves.
It’s not like the old days where you did all your development in a backshop. Of course the aircraft aren’t enlarged kites anymore either.