Drone-on-Demand: Additive Manufacturing



Project Lead Organisation:
The University of Sydney

Collaborating Organisations:
University of New South Wales
University of Technology Sydney

DIN Funding:


Project objective:

The University of Sydney, in collaboration with UNSW and UTS, aimed to lay the foundations for a drone-on-demand framework allowing small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) assets to be rapidly designed, built and manufactured specifically for each mission and delivered quickly to soldiers in the field.


Battle space awareness is currently limited by the availability of existing small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) and a lengthy procurement process.


This project laid the framework that fully automates the design and manufacturing of bespoke, one-off custom drone for each mission, allowing Defence to maintain dominance in the field and an unprecedented and superior ISR capability.

Our Partner Universities

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