3D Printing Media Network reports on a leap in innovation developed by Michelin in conjunction with GM. Apparently, these two companies have developed an airless, recyclable 3D printed car tire.
The companies have dubbed this tire the “Uptis” Tire, which stands for Unique Punctureproof Tire System. The Uptis Tire is scheduled for a 2024 release. Indeed, this Uptis Prototype “represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s Vision concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and development in sustainable mobility.”
“The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials). Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream.”
This Uptis Prototype was developed to be used with today’s passenger vehicles. However, it will also be useable with the “fleets of tomorrow, whether autonomous, all-electric, shared service, or other applications.” In any case, the Uptis tire will “demand near-zero maintenance.”
“These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load and result in extraordinary environmental savings: approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear. There is no doubt that these advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.”
As GM’s Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Steve Kiefer concludes: “General Motors is excited about the possibilities Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology. Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”
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