Although choosing green products like hybrid cars can certainly help the environment, the real green action occurs in the product design stage. Australian SolidWorks 3D CAD users can make far-reaching decisions about sustainability, such as:
- Which materials will be used for this product?
- Where will they come from?
- Can they be reused or recycled?
- How much energy will the finished product consume?
“Our job is to help our customers make products that are both economical and sustainable,” says Scott Frayne, CEO Solidtec Solutions. “SolidWorks Sustainability software assists in developing even greener products in the future. This is good for our business and good for the planet.”
SolidWorks Sustainability software’s intuitive dashboard details a design’s expected carbon footprint, air and water impact, and energy consumption. It rolls up the probable impact of an entire designed product across its environmental life cycle.
Demand for green products
Municipalities, large commercial buyers and consumers are increasingly demanding eco-friendly products. For example, the Australian Government has been undertaking the replacement of filament lighting for some time now. The municipality of Los Angeles is undertaking the largest LED lighting project ever with a goal of replacing 209,000 lights over a five-year span. The project will pay for itself in energy and maintenance savings and spare the environment 40,500 tons of carbon per year, according to the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting.
Preference for green products however is perhaps most obvious at the consumer level. More than one in three consumers opt for green products, even in a recession, and seven in 10 pay continuous attention to the green steps companies take.2 Designing green products and documenting their advantages satisfies this market need.
“Design and engineering teams play a critical role in the fate of the planet,” said Frayne. “Our goal is to help them exercise that power in ways that helps their businesses. SolidWorks Sustainability software extends the functionality of SolidWorks 3D CAD to make sustainable and economical design accessible, credible, and simple.”
Other SolidWorks benefits
Australian customers which have standardised on SolidWorks software for design enable team member’s access to SolidWorks Simulation for structural analysis and SolidWorks Flow Simulation for thermal analysis. The product combination helps design teams maximize performance and life. Using these products in conjunction with 3D printing of physical prototypes reduces design cycles and time to market by as much as 60-70 percent.
SolidWorks Sustainability software is one of two versions of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.’s sustainable design technology. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, included with every license of SolidWorks 3D CAD software, helps users quickly determine the environmental impact of any part.
Solidtec Solutions regularly conduct webinars to highlight functionality of the SolidWorks 3D CAD product range.