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Flat-free tires

Last updated 10/15/2022 - Originally published 9/23/2020
Written by SimpleTire

The idea of airless tires is all the rage right now. From tractors and construction equipment to bicycles and cars, tire manufacturers are thinking there’s no more room for air in their tires.

The Basics

This tire is made purely out of recycled materials and is 3-D printed for the terrain you are encountering, making new tires and changing them completely a thing of the past. Driving from the sunny days on the coast of California to the rain of the Pacific Northwest to the mountainy winters of Colorado – in the future, all you’ll have to do is hit up a service station to have the proper tires re-printed for every condition. That’s not all; if you don’t travel — no sweat — just have your tread replenished when needed. Never get a flat or change your tires again!

No More Flat Tires

AAA reported that 1 in 5 drivers do not know how to change a tire. The positive impact of this tire could go for mile after mile with its approach to innovation. If your tires are wearing thin, it’s just time to re-print some tread. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Environmental and Economic Impact

Did you know that in 2017 the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association reported that nearly 250 million tires were scrapped in the United States alone? With that many tires in landfills, it has been a worthwhile effort to recycle or repurpose tires rather than simply make gigantic, unmanageable piles. Learn more about the many uses for discarded tires that have been developed.

Not to mention, those piles are a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry harmful diseases and can contaminate groundwater and surface water. Scrap tire fires can last for months polluting the air!

This process will help save energy, reduce water pollution, save trees, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The concept of 3-D printed tires from recyclable materials would improve every facet of the negative effects tires have on the environment.

Although this is a seemingly close reality, it has a long way to go to perfection and likely exists in the distant future. When it comes to tires, what do you want to see in the future?

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