MemberAugust 22, 2021 at 8:45 am
Maybe a 3-D subtractive process where you start with a specific material and then remove the parts you don’t need.
As far as the assembly factory from my understanding, the hand-built production design has most systems pre-assembled and put into the final car.
It may help you conjure an image of how spartan the assembly line may be – I understand the car is assembled on a small air-dolly that can lower and lift the car during assembly as it is rolled, on the dolly, down the assembly line. The main challenge is establishing the order of operations in the construction for the fastest quality build quality build they can offer without incurring the major expense of giant presses and paint shops. They would need air-compressors around to run the power tools and to operate the lift on the dolly but compared to the image folks have of an automobile assembly plant, this factory is ‘nothing’ but a wide-open warehouse.
The understanding of this simplicity in construction comes from Nathan Armstrong who contends that a single man with seven simple hand tools can take an Aptera apart in a matter of a few hours. (The bonded body would not be separated in this deconstruction.)