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Michelin 3D Print Airless Tire

Designboom was on hand to witness an exciting new announcement made by the tire company Michelin.  This announcement concerned a brand-new tire “concept, designed to make mobility safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly.”  It was made at Michelin’s MovinOn Conference in Montreal.

“Michelin envisions a puncture-free future, combining tire and wheel into one 3D printed design.  The revolutionary form is made entirely of recycled materials, and it too can be recycled at the end of its (hopefully long) life, after having covered thousands upon thousands of kilometers.”

Michelin’s 3D printed airless tire’s biometric structure was inspired by “the honeycomb, as if it may well itself have been woven by nature.  A perfect example of generative design, the tire gets its strength from its coral-like texture.”  With this tire, punctures will be a thing of the past.  But beyond this, “the tire’s tread can be replenished by a 3D printer” as well.

“The tire’s biodegradable body material performs to the same standard as conventional tread, yet saves expensive costs and waste materials in replacing the whole tire when tread gets low.”  The tire’s inbuilt 3D printed qualities will therefore help conserve resources.

Additionally, “Michelin’s concept tire is even connected with your vehicle, automatically informing you of the wear on your tread, and programming you in for a tread re-print.  When you’re due for a tread touch-up, you can even choose the type of tread you need at that particular time for your intended tire use, following the suggestion that its embedded app deems fit.”

As Michelin boasts: “our vision of mobility is also based on a vision of the economy.  A circular economy protecting the planet’s resources by reducing, reusing, renewing, or recycling the materials required to manufacture our products, in order to avoid leaving an environmental footprint.  This vision guides our research because we bear in mind that, if mobility is to have a future, it will have to be even safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Michelin and Designboom

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