Michelin suggested restoring worn tires with 3D printingAugust 3, 2018
The company Michelin is working on a technology that will allow using 3D printers to repair worn tires. At special stations, drivers will be able to reproduce on them any tread pattern – from winter with a lot of slats to half-whips. This is reported by the site CarAdvice.
According to Michelin research director Cyril Roger, before large-scale industrial introduction of 3D printing is still very far, but his team has made significant progress in this area. At the same time, the main problem in the company is the creation of an appropriate infrastructure.
In addition to environmental friendliness and high energy efficiency, this technology will provide access to information about the state of tires through a special application. Further data “on the cloud” will come to the printer, which will select the appropriate tread pattern for a particular time of year.
The development of such technologies is part of the Visionary Concept strategy. As part of the program, Michelin is also considering the possibility of replacing individual components of the rubber compound, which are now made from petroleum products, on crushed wood.