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Project Fusion

Project Fusion: Anton Willis & Team Refine Oru Kayak

  • <p>Anton Willis and his team got to work on refining elements of Oru Kayak, using <br />
Autodesk® Fusion 360™ 3D-CAD software.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • <p>One design challenge Willis faced was creating a rib structure to increase the kayak's strength and reduce its weight. Using Autodesk® Fusion 360™'s integrated design tool, which combines industrial and mechanical design, he was able to create a stronger, lighter structure.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • <p>As both designer and entrepreneur, practical business concerns are central to Willis' creative process. Using Fusion 360™, Willis and his team developed a new coaming [the raised edge around the cockpit, to which spray skirts attach] design that will be less expensive to produce and easier to assemble in manufacturing.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • <p>Next, Willis began crafting a new handle, featuring a snap-­in interface designed to work with the kayak’s updated coamings. Achieving the snap-­to-­connect effect he wanted was an iterative process, requiring lots of virtual trial and error. Fusion 360™’s all-­in-one access made staying on top of changes and building on each other’s work, seamless for Willis and his team.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • <p>One of the greatest challenges design teams face while collaborating on products is tracking files and revisions while simultaneously sharing work. Fusion 360™’s advanced collaboration feature—including secure project dashboard—allowed Willis and his team to collaborate quickly, easily and remotely.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • <p>In the end, the Project Fusion challenge was a success. Refining the Oru Kayak using Autodesk® Fusion 360™ resulted in a lighter, stronger and more functional product for consumers and a streamlined manufacturing process for Oru Kayak.</p>

<p><em>This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™ </em></p>
  • 01 /06

    Anton Willis and his team got to work on refining elements of Oru Kayak, using
    Autodesk® Fusion 360™ 3D-CAD software.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

  • 02 /06

    One design challenge Willis faced was creating a rib structure to increase the kayak's strength and reduce its weight. Using Autodesk® Fusion 360™'s integrated design tool, which combines industrial and mechanical design, he was able to create a stronger, lighter structure.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

  • 03 /06

    As both designer and entrepreneur, practical business concerns are central to Willis' creative process. Using Fusion 360™, Willis and his team developed a new coaming [the raised edge around the cockpit, to which spray skirts attach] design that will be less expensive to produce and easier to assemble in manufacturing.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

  • 04 /06

    Next, Willis began crafting a new handle, featuring a snap-­in interface designed to work with the kayak’s updated coamings. Achieving the snap-­to-­connect effect he wanted was an iterative process, requiring lots of virtual trial and error. Fusion 360™’s all-­in-one access made staying on top of changes and building on each other’s work, seamless for Willis and his team.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

  • 05 /06

    One of the greatest challenges design teams face while collaborating on products is tracking files and revisions while simultaneously sharing work. Fusion 360™’s advanced collaboration feature—including secure project dashboard—allowed Willis and his team to collaborate quickly, easily and remotely.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

  • 06 /06

    In the end, the Project Fusion challenge was a success. Refining the Oru Kayak using Autodesk® Fusion 360™ resulted in a lighter, stronger and more functional product for consumers and a streamlined manufacturing process for Oru Kayak.

    This content is brought to you by Autodesk® Fusion 360™

Fast Company Marketing and Autodesk® challenged innovative architect and product designer Anton Willis to refine elements of his origami-inspired foldable kayak using Autodesk® Fusion 360™ 3D-CAD software. This photo gallery takes you behind the scenes at Oru Kayak headquarters in San Francisco to see what happened.

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