Michelin Wants to 3D Print Wood Tires and is developing a Rubber 3D Printing Technology
“Tire giant Michelin outlined a vision of a very different tire future. The company hopes to in two years release a tire made out of rubber combined with wood. What’s more, the company hopes to 3D print this tire. Once the tire has been worn down the company then will rejuvenate it through 3D printing. In this vision, tire changes will no longer happen, but 3D printing will add new material to the tire via service points throughout the world. A year ago Michelin released its Visionary Concept an idea for a 3D printed tire. This was released with much fanfare but there was no talk of this being an actual manufactured part. Now Cyrille Roget has indicated that the company will produce these tires, with the first one becoming available in two years. At the same time he stated that Michelin will work for a decade on developing a 3D printing technology for rubber, including rubber derived from wood.
It may sound silly at first, but the French tire technology giant is very serious about elastomers from wood. Michelin’s Cyrille Roget, Director of Scientific and Innovation communication at Michelin, said that,
“The elastomers from wood chips will replace the oil content in tyres. 80 per cent of the materials in tyres are coming from oil. We have a project working with wood chips. We will use the waste from the wood industry to create elastomers that come into tyres. We believe it is a good solution for the future,”…”
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