Marine Corps’ 3D-Printed Drone ‘The Nibbler’ Ready for ‘Over the Hill’ Surveillance in Combat Zones

Published by , June 27, 2017 1:08 pm

(GovConWire)  Marines are ready to launch a 3D-printed drone nicknamed ‘The Nibbler’ into combat zones. The Nibbler would be able to operate like other, far more expensive unmanned aircraft and conduct “over the hill” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The Nibbler is composed of a few prefabricated pieces including a motor, batteries and spool of filament, and its body is printed using 3D technology.
“Our team is very enthusiastic about the Nibbler, but even more enthusiastic about what it represents for the future,” Capt. Chris J. Wood told Defense Systems. “Imagine being in a forward deployed environment, and just like Amazon, you can ‘order’ the weapons and equipment you need for the next day’s mission from an entire catalog of possible solutions,” said Wood. “These solutions can all be upgraded literally overnight, in order to integrate new components or adapt to new requirements. On a very small scale, Nibbler shows us that this is possible right now with the group 1 UAS family of systems.”

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