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US Marine Corps develops 3D-printed ‘do-it-yourself’ Nibbler small UAV

12 September 2017

Key Points

  • The US Marine Corps has developed a small UAV made of 3D printed and COTS parts
  • The goal is to develop quickly developed and custom UAV solutions for every mission

With a goal of eventually creating customised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs for every mission, the US Marine Corps (USMC) developed a small quadcopter UAV that can be quickly produced using additive manufacturing and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

Captain Christopher Wood, director of innovation and next generation logistics (NEXTLOG) at headquarters Marine Corps installations and logistics, told Jane’s in a 11 September interview that to eventually reach its goal of custom UAVs for every mission, the USMC must start small.

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