Hankook Precision Works recently opened its new 3D Printing Convergence Technology Center at the Hankook Engineering Lab in Yuseong-gu, Daejeon Metropolitan City, Korea. The new facility will provide production capabilities for tyre moulds using Additive Manufacturing and is equipped with a wide range of testing equipment.
The company states that there is a growing demand for kerfs in tyres (small slits in a tyre’s tread block which creates additional tread surface area), particularly in those tyres designed for EV’s and high-performance vehicles. Additive Manufacturing allows for the optimisation of product-specific performance, including features such as reduced noise, robust grip, and superior handling of features.
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Additionally, the use of Additive Manufacturing to build mould components reduces the length of the tyre production process when compared to conventional methods.
Hankook Precision Works was established in 1973 as a mould manufacturing company, and has been at the forefront of tyre mould, tyre curing container and precision parts development through its casting and machining technology. In 2015, the company introduced a metal Additive Manufacturing machine for the development of tyre moulds.