Everyone loves a good do-it-yourself project. Even the Marines love DIY! The Corps has developed the “Nibbler,” a 3-D printed drone that can be used in combat. It’s cheap, portable and easy to repair.
The Nibbler can be customized for various tasks, including carrying ammunition, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance, all with touch of a button. The device can be controlled by a smartphone, tablet or radio controller. It’s just the latest in a long line of autonomous and 3-D printed products the military is developing.
Marines have been training on how to solder, wire, program and construct the system which takes about six hours to build.
The Nibbler leverages 3-D printing and commercial-off-the-shelf technologies to serve as a low-cost and modifiable airborne system for Marines to utilize across all types of operations. Here’s a short video about how the Nibbler works.
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