Numbers matter in Season Three of the IMTS+ Original Series “Manufacturing Explorers,” brought to you by Mazak, which premieres on Sept. 28 on IMTS.com.2 – The number of parts in the rear underbody section of the Tesla Model Y, down from 70 on the Model 3.185,000 – The number of electronic circuit boards printed each week at Tier 1 supplier Magna. 6,000 (degrees Fahrenheit) – The temperature of a plasma column that synthesizes EV battery elements.  Season Three starts with a visit to Munro & Associates in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Sandy Munro, known as the “Teardown Titan,” deconstructs and analyzes vehicles, and he has particularly focused on EVs. The tour starts with Munro explaining the genius behind the Model Y design and really any design that consolidates parts for optimization. Munro calls items such as bolts “unfasteners.” Any design that eliminates a connection is one less thing to go wrong, and it’s something he happily points out as part of Munro’s redesign services.  Munro also answers Max’s questions about EV battery recycling and battery life (you’ll be surprised), explores the design of electric motors (they are only about the size of a basketball!), and provides insights into design and manufacturing efficiency. In a twist of fate, a fender bender at home provides the opportunity to rent a Model Y, and it’s a contest between Max and Travis to see who becomes the bigger fan and why.   In the second episode, Max and Travis travel to Magna to meet up with another father-son duo, general manager John Cunningham and manufacturing engineer Alex Cunningham. If you drive a modern vehicle, chances are you’ve experienced one of the millions of sensors manufactured by Magna, including those used for cruise control, parking assist, object detection, and tailgate cameras. Watch as Max experiences one of Magna’s newer innovations, the Toyota Tundra trailer backup assist, then gets a firsthand look at how printed circuit boards are made.  In the final episode of Season Three, Max and Travis explore what might be the key to EV growth: the synthesis of Li-ion cathode battery materials. Based in North Andover, Massachusetts, 6K Inc. created the UniMelt® system, a production-scale microwave plasma process that produces critical materials. With an ultra-high temperate 6,000-degree plasma, battery elements feedstock gets processed into high-value materials in just two seconds. Where conventional production processes of battery materials pose geopolitical risks and mining damages the environment while also fraught with fair labor issues, UniMelt is a green process that enables a diverse and reliable supply chain for EV battery components leveraging both domestic and recycled feedstock.Season Three also bids a bittersweet farewell to its current hosts, as it’s the final season with Travis and Max. The show started with Max as a young mechanical engineering undergraduate and Travis introducing him to his world of manufacturing. After one pandemic, five years, two degrees, and 10 road trips with dad and a camera crew, Max is now pursuing his dream career as a lead analyst in the renewable energy industry.  Buckle up and join Max and Travis Egan as they talk about the thrills of visiting innovative automotive companies in the premiere of the third season of “Manufacturing Explorers,” an IMTS+ Original Series, at IMTS.com/ManufacturingExplorers.  
Buckle up and join Max and Travis Egan on Sept. 28 as they talk about the thrills of visiting innovative automotive companies in the premiere of the third season of “Manufacturing Explorers,” an IMTS+ Original Series, at IMTS.com/ManufacturingExplorers.