MARV 2.0

Background / Applications

MARV2.0 aims to demonstrate how additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as ‘3D printing’) can be integrated into the manufacturing of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). A small unmanned system like MARV2.0 has potential use in a variety of industries including; defense, security, mining and surveying. It is an evolution from the original MARV 1.0


Manufacturing Process

The MARV2.0 construction team made extensive use of the 3D printing facilities offered by RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct. These 3D printing processes require the construction of a digital model using CAD (computer aided design) software. The printer is then able to transpose this model into a solid object by sequentially depositing thin layers of material. A Selective Laser Melting (SLM) printer was used to produce the titanium components. This printer uses high-energy lasers to melt and fuse metal powder into a solid object. The ABS plastic components were produced using a 3D printing technique referred to as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in which layers of melted plastic are successively added.


Size/Wingspan 180 mm x 180 mm
Takeoff Mass 170 g
Payload Capacity 50 g
Range 300 m
Endurance 7 min (mixed)
Flight Controller PIKO BLX Micro Flight Controller

MARV undergoes a new iteration every year, and evolves depending on that year’s focus.