They 3D Printed an Airplane and Then Flew It!

The future is now.  3D printing has brought us human limbs

You can print mugs and more.  (HOLY CRAP)

But the future is officially now now. 

They have not only printed a 3D airplane, but they’ve flown it.


According to

“This is a test of what’s possible with 3D printing technology,” said Detlev Konigorski, who was in charge of developing Thor for Airbus, speaking at the International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show at Berlin’s southern Schoenefeld airport.

“We want to see if we can speed up the development process by using 3D printing not just for individual parts but for an entire system.”

In Thor, the only parts that are not printed from a substance called polyamide are the electrical elements.

The little plane “flies beautifully, it is very stable,” said its chief engineer Gunnar Haase, who conducted Thor’s inaugural flight last November near the northern German city of Hamburg.

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The airplane required almost no manufacturing waste.  While this was a smaller version, this is a sign of exciting things to come.  If we can 3D print airplanes, we can change the future of aviation.

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