Imagine a world where your office travels to you, last-mile vehicles didn't clutter your city sidewalks, and custom molds didn't cost $5,000 to make. In this article, we'll share the latest companies that are working to make these concepts a reality with help from the leading cloud CAD tool, Autodesk Fusion 360.
Harrods' Chocolate Magnolia Blooms Were Designed and Molded In-House
Did you know custom chocolate molds can cost over $5,000 and take 8 to 12 weeks to make? Harrods chocolatier, Philip Khoury, collaborated with Agustín Arroyo at desktop vacuum forming company Mayku to see if custom chocolate molds could be created much more quickly and for less cost. TLDR: they can.
Using Fusion 360 and a Mayku machine, the duo created custom chocolate magnolia bloom molds in-house with ease. "After working with Agustín and seeing Fusion 360, I'm now using it to design molds that I create with Mayku FormBox and 3D print them," says Khoury. "I worked with some designers at Harrods who used different programs but struggled to get smooth results.
KUHMUTE uses Fusion 360 and the Formlabs Fuse 1 3D printer to design charging stations built for all types of electric last-mile vehicles (think Lime scooters, Citi Bikes, etc.). The company is focused on tidying up city streets without compromising the convenience these vehicles offer to commuters and tourists alike.
Fusion 360 coupled with the Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS enables the KUHMUTE team to use 3D printed parts for the final product. Thus, speeding up lead times and making their vision more accessible to deploy. Case in point: KUHMUTE stations have already rolled out across cities in Michigan.
SRAM's Bicycle Crankarm Pushes Industry Boundaries
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The crankarm is a critical bicycle component, but it hasn't seen significant design changes—until now. Bike component manufacturer SRAM recently used generative design and additive manufacturing tools in Fusion 360 to design a new mountain bike crankarm. The design team generated multiple (and previously unfathomable) design options and selected two to prototype based on available manufacturing methods. The result? A titanium crankarm that is twice as strong and 20% lighter than traditional ones.
What if you didn't have to travel to a restaurant, the office, the gym, or even a karaoke bar? What if each of these locations could travel autonomously to you? PIX Moving envisions a future where this concept is a reality. The company manufactures customizable, modular three- and four-wheeled chassis built for hosting a variety of specialized services. And they're using generative design in Fusion 360 to make it happen.