Panel Gaps Be Damned: Tesla Patents New Repair

What gaps?

The corporate is engaged on a brand new sort of clamping meeting that can hopefully lead to a noticeable enchancment in automobile construct high quality within the close to future.

Whereas I could also be topic to the Tesla crowd burning a Ford Mustang in entrance of my condominium constructing, the very fact is that the construct high quality of some Tesla automobiles leaves rather a lot to be desired. One of the crucial urgent objects on their brief checklist of pressing tweaks & enhancements is clearly the problem with loosely becoming physique panels. Nevertheless, the carmaker appears to be on it – as revealed by a lately revealed patent.

Tesla is engaged on a brand new sort of clamping meeting that may enable them some flexibility between panels throughout manufacturing. This may then enable their employees to superb tune the alignment and fitment of the physique panels in the course of the automobile’s remaining meeting course of.

This newly revealed patent is referred to as “Clamping Meeting for Securing Collectively a Pair of Adjacently Positioned Panels.” Within the patent utility, the carmaker describes a easy, however a fairly efficient method of addressing the misaligned physique components situation. Moreover, Tesla notes how the traditional clamps – often used to connect varied physique panels to the body of the automobile – usually are not efficient in connecting physique panels and their particular person tolerances because of their inflexible construction.Diagrams depicting Tesla’s design for its new clamping meeting. [Credit: US Patent Office]

Tesla explains new system like this:

“The current invention was derived in mild of the foregoing challenges, and it's an object of the current invention to supply a clamping meeting that gives flexibility in securing components which are manufactured to bigger dimensional tolerances and wherein play is important between adjoining components throughout, or after, meeting. The clamping meeting of the current invention can accommodate misalignment of the half or components owing to variances in a single or each components throughout manufacture and/or crucial play between the components by permitting flexibility in adjusting the positions of the components relative to 1 one other in a single route whereas nonetheless securing the components to 1 one other. That's, the clamping meeting secures collectively a pair of manufactured components, wherein the manufactured components require play alongside at the least one route whereas confining the motion of the components in a second route.

Diagrams depicting Tesla’s design for its new clamping meeting. [Credit: US Patent Office]

 

“Based on sure embodiments of the current invention, the clamping meeting features a retainer member. The retainer member might have a U-shape groove that enables for the insertion of a tab member and a slim retaining throat that confines a bulbous portion of the tab member in a number of instructions. For instance, as soon as inserted into the groove of the retainer member, the tab member with the bulbous portion is confined from transferring vertically and horizontally. As soon as inserted into the groove of the retainer member, motion of the tab member with the bulbous portion is feasible by sliding the tab member and the bulbous portion thereof relative to a airplane P 2 of the groove, i.e., by sliding the tab member and the bulbous portion into or out of the web page. Thus, with use of the clamping meeting disclosed herein, some play or flexibility between two panels is feasible, and the panels might be adjusted relative to 1 one other throughout meeting.”

In additional methods than one, the Tesla Mannequin three is an incredible automobile. Nevertheless, the alignment and high quality points are one thing you may’t disregard. The standard points most notably got here to mild when Detroit’s Sandy Munro began his teardown of an early manufacturing Mannequin three. It was then when he found that the automobile’s panel gaps had been so inconsistent, that they reminded him of a Kia from the 90s.

Naturally, Elon Musk tackled the problem and issued a company-wide assertion. The latest batches of the Mannequin three showcase considerably improved construct and high quality management. And this patent ought to enhance the builds much more.

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