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ELEKTRO 2/2019 was released on February 13th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective, signalling and special

Main Article
Advanced power converter topology
Smart Cities (part 7)

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2019 was released on February 4th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 5th 2019.

Fairs and exhibitions
Invitation at LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition
Prolight + Sound 2019: keep up with time
The light at For Arch 2018 fair

Public lighting
Lights of towns and communities 2018 – the meeting at the round table

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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