Airbus Unveils Miniature 3D-Printed Aircraft
The lightweight, windowless drones takes off at Berlin's Airshow
Airbus, the European aerospace pioneer, unveiled the first 3D printed aircraft at the 2016 Berlin Airshow. Except for its electrical elements, the mini plane is completely 3D printed. The windowless vessel, dubbed Thor, short for “Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality,” weighs in at a mere 46 pounds, is less than 13 feet long and is remotely controlled by pilots on the ground. As airplane manufacturers increasingly lean on 3D printing technology to cut costs, minimize material waste and built lighter, more durable aircrafts, the steady vessel is a taste of what we can expect for the future of travel.