3D tires without air

3D tires without air

10-27-2020

It’s common knowledge that old tires tend to combust which leads to dangerous road accidents. But major tire manufacturers has been working on solving this problem for a long time now. Michelin and General Motors decided to use 3D modeling and printing to create airless tires. Engineers believe that airless tires can increase the safety of drivers. Furthermore, maintenance costs will reduce too.

At the moment new tires are being tested on Chevrolet Bolt electric cars in Michigan. The airless tires were announced back on July 4th, 2019 at Michelin Movin’On summit in Montreal. That was when Uptis prototype was presented — a uniquely designed puncture-proof tire fully printed with 3D-printers. This prototype was created for passenger cars, but further down the line the technology could be used for other vehicles, such as trucks, special machinery and even airplanes.

Uptis puncture-proof tires are planned to be released to the market in 2024. Tires will have an affordable price and require less energy and materials to manufacture, which makes them more eco-friendly.