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2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
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of automated factory fabrication and assembly lines are awesome. Watching
the robots sling metal panels around for presses using hundreds of thousands
of pounds of pressure to stamp out body panels for the Tesla Model S
electric car is an inspiring reminder of how ingenuous and capable our
fellow homo sapiens can be in spite of politicians' best efforts to
enslave an underclass voting bloc of slackers. Think of the amount of
knowledge required to conceive of and execute the processes show in
this video - metallurgy, robotics, software, production planning, material
sourcing and handling, factory environment, structural analysis,
safety, testing, budgeting, training, union demands, human concerns,
massive governmental regulation, surface finishing, marketing, work
flow, and a host of other issues. That doesn't even include the brainpower
necessary to plan, design, test, and build all the electrical and electronics
parts of the vehicle. Utterly amazing. It takes 3-5 days from beginning
to end to build a Model S. Even back in the 'old days' when
most of the labor was manual, film reels showing masses of humans working
together to make a complex piece of machinery like a
Ford Model T will
bring a tear to the eye of any self-respecting tech aficionado.
In the lower video of Tesla's unveiling of the Model S at the
SpaceX hangar (billionaire
Musk is the owner / CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX), note the airfoil
vanes built into the custom wheels to cool each axel's dedicated motor.
I'm still willing to accept a Tesla donation for writing a teardown
How It's Made: Tesla Model S
Tesla Sedan Unveiled! Tesla Model
S Hits the Road
Ford Model T Assembly Line Video
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