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STILFOLD to build “origami-type” vertiport structures for Kookiejar

Swedish design and technology company STILFOLD has today announced a new partnership with air mobility company Kookiejar, which will see STILFOLD produce modules for Kookiejar’s vertiports using its sustainable “industrial origami” manufacturing technology.

“STILFOLD is already revolutionising urban mobility: at daughter company STILRIDE, the team has created a sustainable lightweight electric motorcycle made almost entirely from recycled steel,” according to the company. “The team is also working with Polestar to build the world’s first climate-neutral car. Now, STILFOLD will work with Kookiejar to make advanced air mobility even greener, by drawing on its green manufacturing expertise to build the foundation of Kookiejar’s advanced drone landing platforms, or “vertiports””.

“Sweden-based Kookiejar is creating a scalable vertiport network that will enable goods (and eventually people) to be moved sustainably and efficiently around cities using drones. Drones have a critical role to play in the future of deliveries in urban and rural environments: the number of drone delivery units in operation is expected to grow by 84% in the U.S. alone by 2024.

“Through the STILFOLD collaboration, Kookiejar aims to create a scalable and environmentally-friendly production solution for its vertiports. The new vertiport foundation will be built by folding steel plates using STILFOLD’s origami-inspired manufacturing technology. The tech, dubbed “industrial origami”, involves the use of robotic arms to fold flat sheet metal over curves to form strong and sustainable new structures, using minimal component parts.

Kookiejar aims to have its network in operation by 2024. Already, Kookiejar has secured multiple pilot sites in Europe and the Middle East; and has established partnerships with Airqual Technologies, ADB Safegate, JetPak, Aerit, Oilchain and Flying Basket to enable its network operations and pilot projects.

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