Airbus Launched World’S First 3D Printed Plane THOR [ Current Affairs ]


Airbus European based aerospace company has launched world’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR at the International Aerospace Exhibition held in Schoenefeld, Germany. In Reality the THOR is short for Test of High-tech Objectives.

Image of 3D Printed Plane THOR

Image of 3D Printed Plane THOR

3D Printed Plane THOR

  • It looks like a large, white model airplane but it is windowless.

Key features of THOR

  • THOR has just 3 parts.
  • It is lighter, faster and cheaper.
  • It is windowless small pilotless propeller aircraft.
  • Its weighs is 21 kilo grams and its length is less than 4 meters.
  • It’s all parts are 3D printed from a polyamide material.
  • In November 2015 THOR’s introductory flight was conducted near Hamburg, Germany.
  • Airbus and Boeing an Aerospace company has previously used 3D printing technology to make parts for their huge passenger jets A350 and B787 Dreamliner.

About 3D printing technology:

  • 3D printing is a method of making 3-D solid objects from a digital file with electrifying precision.
  • This technology is also called preservative manufacturing as the 3D printed object is formed us additive processes i. e. by retaining successive layers of manufacturing material on each other till the complete object is created.
  • This technology has unlimited opportunities and able to generate nearly anything with just raw material and a computer generated model.

- Published on: June 7, 2016