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The Michelin Group and industrial engineering group Fives Group S.A. have spoken about their joint venture ‘AddUp Solutions,’ a metal 3D printing project. AddUp is developing a line of metal 3D printers, and will use 3D printed molds to improve Michelin tire performance.
Michelin, the French tire manufacturer with the famous mascot and restaurant rankings, is collaborating with industrial engineering group Fives to develop 3D printing solutions that are viable market offerings in their own right, but which can also be used to improve tire performance for Michelin. The 3D printing relationship between Michelin and Fives goes back to September 2015, when the two companies joined forces with the aim of developing additive manufacturing equipment and production shops. By April 2016, that joint effort would have a name, "AddUp Solutions," and when formnext 2016 came around this past November, AddUp demonstrated its FormUp 350 DMLS 3D printer. Now, Michelin staff have explained more fully how the 3D printing project is coming along.
Pierre - Robert - Director - Michelin - Research
According to Pierre Robert, director of Michelin's research and development center in Ladoux, France, AddUp is currently focused on creating highly detailed molds which can be used to make Michelin tires. “With 3D printing, we are able to make molds with very complex features,” he told European Rubber Journal. “The idea is to have tread features that can regenerate throughout the life of the tire.” The plan is to create longer-lasting tires that can offer high levels of grip even...
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