EkoKop

Breaking parts is unavoidable when flying multicopters. If a multicopter is made with aluminum or other metals, they are a little more durable, however if you sustain major damage in a crash which is not hard to do, metal becomes permanently deformed. A multicopter frame made of carbon fiber can take a lot of punishment, but when frame damage occurs, breaks are impossible to fix.

Both metallic and carbon fiber frames lead to the same issues; buying replacement parts that may take weeks to arrive, and burying the evidence.

EkoKopters are different. Plastic breaks. This is actually a good thing! EkoKopter frames will break under enough stress, and because they are weaker the more expensive components such as motors, motor shafts, and flight controllers, the breakable frame will absorb most of the force of the impact. It is a concept along the same lines as automotive ‘crumple zones’. But if something breaks almost every time you have a hard crash, isn’t there a lot of garbage created? Yes and no…

3D printed with PLA, an organic plastic derived from corn starch, EkoKopters are individually hand-crafted on a small island in the Pacific Ocean. These Kopter designs have been torture tested by new pilots; quite durable given the rough handling that inexperience brings. Extra parts are included in the initial purchase and broken parts can be returned and recycled into new Kopters or, get this, they can be composted. With the right composting conditions, these parts are broken down over a few months. When returned for recycle, broken parts are ground up, melted, and extruded into new filament for creating the next EkoKopter. If broken parts are returned, recycled parts can be very inexpensive.

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