London – Michelin and French machinery supplier Fives have set up a 50/50 joint venture to develop industrial machines and production shops for metal 3D printing.
According to Pierre Robert, director of Michelins’ R&D centre Ladoux, the joint venture, called AddUp, will offer “cutting edge technology which improves tire performance.”
“With 3D printing, we are able to make moulds with very complex features. The idea is to have tread features that can regenerate throughout the life of tire,” explained Robert in an interview with ERJ.
The move is…