Sustainable Design

Using SolidWorks Sustainability Software to Engineer Greener Products

SolidWorks Sustainability was introduced back in 2010 to assist engineers design renewable products in the early stages.  Here is an interesting article on this topic. http://www.good.is/post/new-software-could-help-engineers-create-greener-products/

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Backcasting with SolidWorks Sustainability

Everyone knows what forecasting means, but have you heard of the term “backcasting”?  With forecasts we want to know what the future will be like.  Backcasting is a different mindset.  Rather than trying to predict what happens in the future, we decide upfront what we want our future to be.  Then we can make decisions and steps to turn that future into a reality.  We have the power to create a better future and this is greater than any prediction. Backcasting is important for sustainable development.  Without a solid plan in place, the future may look more like current “forecasts” and less like the vision from our “backcast”.  Not all will agree upon the exact future we desire, but working together in taking steps forward…

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Why Sustainable Design?

Worldwide awareness of environmental issues has never been more acute. Consumers are increasingly considering the environmental impact of products they buy. They’re not just looking at recyclability. They want to know about materials used and how the product was made. Manufacturers, in turn, are trying to respond to that growing demand. What it means to you As an engineer or product designer, you have the power to dramatically alter how we interact with our environment. The question is how. Many designers don’t know about the life cycle assessment (LCA) process or how it could guide them to more sustainable designs. Others may think the process is too complex and time-consuming, or is someone else’s responsibility. Learning about designing for the environment now will put you…

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Eco-friendly design using SustainabilityXpress

A great free tool available to all SolidWorks users to help them design products that are more environmentally friendly is SustainabilityXpress which was introduced in SolidWorks 2009. The life cycle assessment tool looks at a product’s entire life, which encompasses ore extraction, material production, manufacturing,…

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Interested in the upcoming Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Electric Car?

Nissan LEAF

Today, Nissan Canada launched the Nissan LEAF consumer website offering Canadians the opportunity to learn more about the first all-electric, real world car. With Nissan LEAF hitting the Canadian market in the second half of 2011, www.nissan.ca/LEAF provides interested Canadians with information on the revolutionary Nissan LEAF, and…

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Winners for the Javelin Earth Week contest

Lauren Murdoch: GreenPrint software                                                            http://www.printgreener.com/enterprise.html Scott Durksen: Carpooling parking spots Jeremy Jobin: “stylish” recycle and compost bin Congratulations to all the Winners &  thanks to all who participated

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SolidWorks Sustainability wins Design News Golden Mousetrap Award 2010 for Innovation and Creativity

A top design industry publication has named SolidWorks® Sustainability software as one of the most innovative products of 2010. The editors of Design News magazine chose SolidWorks Sustainability as a Golden Mousetrap Award Best Product winner based on its ability to help designers create more environmentally-friendly products. SolidWorks Sustainability helps users determine their designs’ carbon footprint, energy consumption, and air/water impacts. Read the full press release to learn more

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Educational Winner of the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest – Ryerson University

Ryerson University (Calvin Chan) is the educational winner for the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest.  Calvin designed the iShower. Nice job Calvin! Product Name: iShower the Greenstyle Product Function: “iShower the Greenstyle” is a modern reinvention of the showering system. The systems computer is integrated…

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Runner-up of the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest – Gastle Engineering Services

Gastle Engineering Services has won the Runner-up prize for the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest. Product Name: 10 kW Microfit Ground Mount Solar Panel System Product Function: This solar panel system generates electricity from the sun therefore reducing the need for less “green” methods of…

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