3D-printed aircraft debuts at Berlin air show — Local de| Watch short video

The little plane flies beautifully, it is very stable,-said its chief engineer Gunnar Haase. Photo, Courtesy ILA Berlin Air Show

Dwarfed by huge jets all around, the mini-plane Thor was nonetheless an eye-catcher at the Berlin air show this week – the small Airbus marvel is the world’s first 3D-printed aircraft.

Windowless, weighing in at just 21 kilos and less than four metres long, the drone Thor – short for “Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality” – resembles a large, white model airplane.

Yet to the European aerospace giant Airbus, the small pilotless propeller aircraft is a pioneer that offers a taste of things to come – an aviation future when 3D printing technology promises to save time, fuel and money.
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