STILFOLD and Georgia Tech partner on sustainable manufacturing initiative

Swedish start-up STILFOLD and the Georgia Institute of Technology are setting up an initiative that will teach students new approaches to sustainable manufacturing.

STILFOLD in action

Taking inspiration from origami, STILFOLD is pioneering the use of curve folding and robotics to build things more sustainably. Their technology, dubbed ‘industrial origami’, involves using robots to fold flat sheet metal over curves to create strong and sustainable new structures. The technology is currently being used to build STILRIDE 1, a lightweight electric motorcycle; and the world’s first climate-neutral car in partnership with Polestar.

In a statement, Jonas Nyvang, CEO and co-founder at STILFOLD, said: “This collaboration represents an exciting opportunity for us to work closely with a leading educational institution to help develop the skills and knowledge of the next generation of engineers. We look forward to working with Georgia Tech’s staff and its brightest young minds to break exciting new ground and showcase the value of innovation and entrepreneurship when it comes to building a greener future for industry and our planet.”

STILFOLD will now work with Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering to advance the institution’s existing Origami Engineering program and introduce students to its suite of sustainable manufacturing technologies. STILFOLD will share its insights into curve-folding, and its industrial origami software and hardware, with students at Georgia Tech to teach them how innovative approaches to manufacturing can streamline production processes, reduce costs and minimise engineers’ environmental impact. 

Students from Georgia Tech will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience using STILFOLD’s advanced manufacturing technology with the opportunity to visit the company's head office in Stockholm, Sweden. STILFOLD will start working with the Origami Engineering program this autumn, with students able to visit Stockholm from next spring.

The new initiative will also create knowledge-sharing opportunities between STILFOLD and Georgia Tech with both organisations working collaboratively to explore new technologies and innovations in the field of civil and environmental engineering linked to the concept of industrial origami.

Dr. Lauren Stewart of Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering comments: “We are excited to partner with STILFOLD. This initiative will provide our students with hands-on experience with advanced technology, cutting-edge structural engineering, and sustainable manufacturing. Further, the students will get the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, a core value of our School, directly from a startup.”