Robots Paint Today’s Car of the Future

Take a look at these robots painting the new Tesla Model S cars.

According to the Tesla website:
“…The paint finish of Model S will raise the bar in the premium automotive category. First, a Body-in-White is submerged into our pre-treatment bath where the aluminum gets prepared for its first treatment layer. We then dip Model S into a 75,000 gallon tank of advanced electro-coating solution to enhance the appearance of subsequent paint layers. After this e-coat dip, the car goes through a 350° F oven to ensure a “baked on” protection against corrosion. Highly-skilled craftsmen then apply sealer to ensure it is watertight and quiet. Next, the car gets its primer coat, followed by a base coat from one of our 10 vibrant color choices. Lastly we apply a clear coat application to make the car shine! These “coats” are all applied by the latest robotic paint applicators that not only spray, but also open the doors, hood and liftgate to cover every surface of the car. The robots move fast, so watch carefully in the video to see all these maneuvers.”

My favorite part is when the “highly-skilled craftsman” comes out and puts his Mark 1, Mod. 0 eyeball on the car before accepting the finished product.

Related post: A Love Affair with Machine Technology

  3 comments for “Robots Paint Today’s Car of the Future

  1. fotokritix
    August 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Doing automation myself , I am allways amazed by this smooth movement.The programming behind it is not that difficult but it does become complex…. I mean you do one simple step at a time and then put all those step together.


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