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ELEKTRO 12/2016 was released on December 7th 2016. Its digital version will be available on January 6th 2017.

 

Topic: Measurement, measuring devices and measurement engineering; Testing and diagnostics

 

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Lithium traction batteries for electric mobility (final part 2)

SVĚTLO (Light) 6/2016 was released on December 5th 2016. Its digital version will be available on January 5th 2017.

Interiors lighting
Colloquium Interiors 2016 – the fifth anniversary
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New standards for road lighting

Airbus presents 3D-printed mini aircraft

06.06.2016 | Phys.org | www.phys.org

Airbus has introduced the world's first 3D-printed aircraft at this year’s Berlin air show.

Windowless, weighing in at just 21 kilos (46 pounds) and less than four metres (13 feet) long, the drone Thor 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.

Airbus Thor plane

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. In Thor, the only parts that are not printed from a substance called polyamide are the electrical elements. The sky is not the limit for the technology—engineers also plan to use it in space.

Read more at Phys.org

Image Credit: Airbus

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