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Move over casinos – Las Vegas now has a Hyperloop factory

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments

We have been hearing a lot of the Hyperloop lately, the proposed transportation process that can “move individuals and cargo through near-vacuum tubes at airline speeds via electric propulsion over a non-contact levitation track.” One thing that we haven’t heard much of, yet, is where its parts can be created. That changed right now, as parent company Hyperloop One revealed the opening of the “First Hyperloop Manufacturing Plant in the World.”

Known as Hyperloop One Metalworks, the 105,000 sq ft (9,755 sq m) tooling and fabrication plant is located in North Las Vegas, not far of the company’s existing test track.

According to the company, the facility can house engineers, machinists and welders. They can be tasked with assembling and testing components going into DevLoop, that is a full-process Hyperloop prototype due for completion in 2017. There can in addition be a test lab for the Transponics process, the innovation that is responsible for launching the Hyperloop cars to high speeds.

Within the next few months, a few of the items to be created at the plant can include the joints between the Hyperloop tube and its supporting columns, along with the cradles that can hold and preserve the tubes prior to their installation.

The facility can be seen in the next video.

Source: Hyperloop One

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