The U.S. Marine CorpsÂ wants to deploy a small unmanned aircraft system built using three-dimensional printing technology to support the military branch’sÂ combat operations in the coming weeks, Defense Systems reported Monday.
Capt. Christopher Wood, co-lead for additive manufacturing at the Marine Corps headquarters, said that the Nibbler UASÂ will aidÂ surveillance missions alongsideÂ other 3D-printedÂ drones that the service branchÂ is currently developing, the report stated.
Wood added the Marine Corps aims to establishÂ a small manufacturing function and produce a “near infinite” range of UAS that can be produced fromÂ basic materials, such as aÂ fixed-wing UAS and a small quadcopter for building clearing operations.
He noted that the Marine Corps will forward deploy these 3D-printed UAS technologiesÂ into a combat zone “as soon as possible,” according to the report.