Hyperloop One has announced the opening of Hyperloop One Metalworks, the site that will develop and build the company’s prototype transportation system for testing early next year.
According to a statement from the company, the 105,000 square foot tooling shop in North Las Vegas, Nevada will host many of the company’s 170 employees, and is the first manufacturing site for Hyperloop.
Among its equipment, it houses two Flow Waterjet steel cutters, able to cut at speeds up to 36 metres per minute and accurate to 1/1000th of an inch.
The company’s ambitious – some have said unfeasible – plan involves “vacuum tubes” transporting passengers between cities at “faster-than-airline speeds”. It claims that it could enable travel between Stockholm and Helsinki in half an hour.
The factory will produce joints between the tube as well as supporting columns and cradles in the coming months, according to the statement.
Formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies, the company raised $US 80 million and rebranded this year, notes TechCrunch.
The site will also include a test lab developing “Transponics”, Hyperloop’s propulsion system.