World's first 3D-printed aircraft THOR displayed at International Aerospace Exhibition
Posted on:06 Jun 2016 17:40:51
06 June 2016 Current Affairs GK: Airbus has displayed the world's first 3D-printed aircraft THOR at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Schoenefe on 1 June 2016 .
The drone THOR is short forTest of High-tech Objectives in Reality and it resembles a large, white model airplane.
3D-printed aircraft THOR : Is the world's first 3D-printed aircraft with just 3 parts.It is windowless, weighs 21 kilo grams (46 pounds) and less than four metres (13 feet) long. It is Lighter, faster and cheaper.Except the electrical elements, all other parts are printed (3D) from a substance called polyamide.Thor's inaugural flight was conducted in November 2015 near the northern German city of Hamburg.Airbus and Boeing are already using 3D printing, notably to make parts for their huge passenger jets the A350 and B787 Dreamliner.
3D printing in Aviation : The new 3D printers can make pieces up to 40 centimetres (15 inches) long and is of most use in particularly complex designs.Apart from costs savings, 3D printing also promises ecological benefits as lighter jets use less fuel and spew out fewer pollutants.It will be a radical technical innovation to reducing carbon emissions in aviation with air traffic expected to double in the next 20 years.
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