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Michelin releases a non-pneumatic tire that its surface use 3D printing technology

Date: 2018-07-11
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Source: net

According to foreign media reports on June 15, Michelin recently releases a non-pneumatic concept tire that uses 3D printing technology , Visionary Concept .The whole tire uses a honeycomb structure ,which is a form of “imitation of the natural growth process of plants , minerals and even animals in nature” as described by the company .

Due to the use of cold curing 3D printing technology , the tire surface can be designed by the owner himself .The owner can perform simple operations in the car ,and the machine can print a new tire tread in real time .The tire can send the tire tread wear information to the car ,and the car can reprint the tire tread according to the road conditions.

Michelin releases a non-pneumatic tire that its surface use 3D printing technology

Terry Gettys, the vice president of research and development ,pointed out that the technology is still in the early stage of research and the durability of 3D printed tire tread still need to be verified .However ,it should not be far away from the full realization of this technology . 

Michelin releases a non-pneumatic tire that its surface use 3D printing technology

Talking about the intelligent application of the Visual Concept tire, Gettys said that we will be able to see this technology applied to passenger cars and light trucks in the next two to three years . While more functions will be realized in the next 10 to 20 years . He also said as self-driving cars become more popular , the future concept tires will be optimized to achieve greater comfort and reduce noise .

Michelin said that the tires will be made of various degradable recycling material and can be completely recycled after being discarded . The service life of the printed tread is equivalent to that of its vehicle.

Michelin releases a non-pneumatic tire that its surface use 3D printing technology

The Visionary Concept is more like an exploration of the future tire industry than a product that is currently applicable .Although some current technologies seen far-fetched , they are still very instructive to the study of future traffic conditions .


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