Airbus showcased its brand-new Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality (Thor) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at Berlin’s ILA 2016, Wednesday.
Detlef Konigorski, head of the Airbus Thor programme explained that the aircraft is designed “for concepts bearing a high technical risk” adding that “the material cost for the printing amounted to €25,000 ($27,976)”. He added that “drones usually costs hundreds of thousands or even millions, which nobody will provide you with to make a potential belly landing. If it crashed, we can brush it off the runway. Within four weeks we will print a new one”.
Airbus created the first airplane in the world produced on a 3D printer. The first test for the aircraft was conducted in November 2015, when the plane flew 40km (24,8 mi)
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