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    Here's a new video by BMWUSA that shows some good scenes of BMWs Research and Innovation Center. in this video you can see the mystery BMW concept which is said it's BMW surprise for Tokyo Motor Show

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    A full sized solid aluminum car CNC milled from a single block !!
    That'll need a huge 5 axes CNC.
    + i've never seen such a large single block of aluminum.
    Very impressive
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    A full sized solid aluminum car CNC milled from a single block !!
    That'll need a huge 5 axes CNC.
    + i've never seen such a large single block of aluminum.
    Very impressive
    i was thinking about the same , it's a massive block .
    i like the Aluminum idea , it's better than CFRP. sure it's not that light but it's far easier to build and repair and more importantly it's way cheaper.

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    It's interesting I guess, always good to see how they assemble cars and do prototypes.

    Plant 0, heh, sounds funny.

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    That is a very cool video. I would love to see that bmw made out of solid aluminum.

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    I have personally been to plant 10 in Spartanburg.

    I worked with a company a few years back that did contract work for GE Gas Turbines out in Greenville SC. Well one of my colleagues who lived in SC was also a contractor for BMW and designed a lot of the control and conveyor systems for plant 10. After work he took me on a 'real tour'.

    Not the public tour bull$#@!. I got to put on a one piece paint suit and literally touch all the new cars. I got to see the N55 before it even came out, I also got to see the N53 diesels which would be installed in 335d's being shipped back to europe.

    The entire plant was SPOTLESS, you could eat off the floor.

    The robots were majestic, they work 24 hours a day non-stop. The robots are enormous, they weld and paint and apply special coatings (wax coatings to certain parts).

    The process by which BMW builds it's cars is very detailed. I wont get into that but lets just say that each car gets physically inspected by hand for paint quality. This involves using a special machine to measure the thickness of the paint using sonar, which can tell you if different areas of the car have more undercoat or clearcoat than other parts. If a body checks out bad, they scrap it.

    I saw a couple X3 chassis's sitting in the scrap yard, they looking perfect to me, but if the paint doesnt spec out they toss the shell.

    There are about 5 levels of conveyor belts (about 75 feet tall and 300 feet deep), each level contains different parts of the car body, some belts have doors some have chassis's some have windshields. They snake around to different parts of the plant to be processed, and at the end of the line they all meet up by VIN number to the correct car. This control system was designed by one of my colleagues in SC at the time.

    Also, plant 10 usually works 3 shifts at 8 hours per shift. They crank out about 340 cars per shift so at full capacity about 1000 cars a day. Plant 10 used to manufacture Z3s and Z4s but have since stopped and now only make the SUV line of BMWs.

    Another cool thing I saw was the first X5Ms rolling off the lot. There was one X5M sitting in 'detention', its a spot where you can only fit maybe 3 or 4 cars , this is where diagnostics are ran incase something doesnt check out. And when I say diagnostics I dont mean a $#@!ing laptop hooked up to the ECU. They have an entire control room that communicates to the car about what is going on and they fix it, then send it off for vibration tests on rumble strips.

    Anyway, I can go on about this if anyone else wants to hear. It was an amazing experience, good thing is, I snuck out some pictures Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    Anyway, I can go on about this if anyone else wants to hear.
    I'm in Click here to enlarge it was a good comment man.

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    Sounds like a hell of an experience. Color me jealus
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