Meet Nibbler, the Marine Corps’ New 3-D Printed Drone

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The U.S. Marine Corps has a new 3-D printed drone and they've given it a name: Nibbler.

The drone, which appears to be similar to many civilian models, can be assembled by a Marine in only six hours and can be controlled by either a tablet, a smartphone, or a radio controller.

Nibbler has the ability to perform a wide variety of missions, including conducting surveillance, gathering intelligence, carrying ammunition, or being the last thing an enemy may see as it drops ordinance.

Drones, of course, have been a part of the U.S. military for several years and have played crucial roles in intelligence collection and striking enemies. Nibbler, however, is the first one the Marines have that is 3-D printed. This may prove Nibbler to me much more cost effective than many other drones in America's arsenal.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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