BigRep, a German manufacturer of 3D printing machines, has created the first 3D printed airless tire. The tire is created using their PRO FLEX material, a TPU filement.
Although it’s interesting that a tire can now be produced on a 3D printer, it seems unlikely that this will be a good substitute for the other choices currently available.
Companies such as Tannus and Greentyre have been making airless tires for years. Their types use a closed cell foam core and now have performance approaching that of pneumatic tires. Tannus manufacture a 700c, 23 mm wide,
Whether the 3D printed tyre is able to rival the