Michelin airless concept made using organic materials via 3D printing

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Michelin has presented its forward-looking Vision concept – an airless, connected, rechargeable, customizable and organic wheel and tire.

It was developed incorporating feedback gathered from a range of users worldwide. A group of around 90 people, divided into four panels, were questioned about their relationship with mobility.

The concept is organic, and made from bio-sourced, biodegradable materials. Built using 3D printers, it is possible to use just the right amount of rubber and easily create more if required, according to the wear. It features an optimized tread pattern with a thinner depth than usual in order to make the tire more efficient.

Thanks to its alveolar interior architecture, which was developed through advanced modeling based on observing nature (solid in the center, flexible on the outside), Vision is completely airless – which means it cannot explode or blow out.

Equipped with sensors, it provides real-time information about its condition and thanks to Michelin’s mobile application, an appointment can be easily made to change the tire’s destination, depending on the user’s needs.

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June 23, 2017

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