Background & Objective
SolidWorks Sustainability software is a first of its kind tool that makes sustainable design accessible, credible, and simple. SolidWorks Sustainability helps engineers and product designers determine the carbon footprint, energy consumption, and air/water impacts of a product design’s raw material sourcing, manufacture, use, and disposal.
The software works directly within SolidWorks 3D CAD software and brings environmental considerations into forefront of the design process where it can have the greatest influence on resulting products.
For many years the product design process has focused on three major themes: innovation, quality and cost. By adding environmental considerations to the design process, designers can have a monumental impact over the environmental life cycle of billions of products that are manufactured, consumed and disposed of each year. SolidWorks Sustainability is forging the way for expanded opportunities in green product design for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) and its users, and has inspired DS SolidWorks to launch its own internal Employee Green Team to reduce its own environmental impacts and create a positive impact on its workforce and the community.
SolidWorks Sustainability was developed for product designers and engineers. SolidWorks currently has over 400,000 commercial customers and nearly a million education customers who currently have access to SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress for free – exposing over a million product and future product designers to lifecycle thinking, and sustainable design.
SolidWorks Sustainability has huge potential to change the way products are developed. DS SolidWorks has currently over one million users, each of whom use their CAD tools to create various products. By placing SolidWorks Sustainability in their hands, the impact on future products could be a huge win for the environment.
“This entry is our favourite. This software has the potential to revolutionize the way designers design their products. By integrating lifecycle thinking into the design process, SolidWorks helps designers to lower the environmental impact of their creation from the design stage. Their partnership with independent organisation PE International which provides life cycle inventory database makes their product: robust and reliable. A must have in any designer’s tool box.”