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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Project Fusion: Anton Willis & Team Refine Oru Kayak

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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