19 October 2018

MICHELIN: 3D at the heart of the Paris Motor Show

On the MICHELIN Stand at the Mondial de l'Auto 2018, you could meet the famous Michelin Man in good company.

MICHELIN decided to showcase 3D printing with a Volumic 3D printer that printed live scale models tire models and Bibendums in order to raise awareness of the future visitors to the future of 3D printing.

Today, 3D printing is used to produce prototypes, but also for tooling, small series and replacement parts in industry.

Mrs. d'Aversa (European Events Project Manager) commented: "We were delighted to be able to introduce visitors to the Michelin stand to this technology, which is still little-known to the general public and, what's more, is French. I'd also like to thank the entire Volumic 3D team for their help with this project".

Volumic's Stream 30 Ultra printer (made in France), which can print over 50 different materials (including soft and flexible materials), with unrivalled precision and speed, confirms its aim to revolutionize the standards of additive manufacturing.

VOLUMIC is delighted to equip MICHELIN plants with its machines, and to see the joint developments of MICHELIN and FIVES on high-level METAL 3D printing through ADDUP.

The stand also featured a brand-new 3D-printed tire concept: the Concept Vision, which could well revolutionize the way we drive. The tire has a biomimetic structure and a tread that can be reprinted to suit the climatic conditions.

This brand-new concept is an airless tire that's puncture-proof and biodegradable, with a 3D-printed tread that can be changed according to the weather and the type of road travelled. The center of the tire would be made from biodegradable and recycled materials such as electronic components and cans.
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