SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress

June 23rd, 2009


You drive your Prius to work, you’re reading this blog on an energy efficient monitor, but the burritos you ate last night are not doing the planet any favors. How do you remove this feeling of contrition?

How about making your designs more planet friendly? SolidWorks Labs now has the beta version of SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress. (I think they called it Sage at SolidWorks World.) With this new tool you can experiment with materials, manufacturing techniques and even manufacturing location to see how these factors affect your part’s “footprint”.

That video leaves me scratching my head. Is it marketing hype? Think you could use it? Think others will use it? How much of your designs will you let Sustainability Xpress dictate?

All that said: the included “find similar material” tool is worth the price of admission alone. “Show me all materials with the same or better strength but lower density”, “Show me similar materials but have a lower thermal conductivity”, etc. You can do these searches on the following properties: Thermal expansion, specific heat, density, elastic and sheer modulus, thermal conductivity, Poisson’ ration, tensile and yield strength. Now this is cooler than the sour cream you were eating!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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3 Responses to “SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress”

  1. Lou Gallo says:

    Nice post Jeff. I agree it looks very slick. I think the goal of this tool is to bring sustainability awareness to the table. I agree it is worth looking at from the angle of better material selection and SUSX is going to give another dimension to that question. I can’t wait to download and test it out.

  2. Ed says:

    What about Cost? the cost of the materials is the single biggest factor. Sure it feels good to suggest maybe, that Titanium may be better than Aluminum in some hypothetical criteria….but what about the cost difference. I did not see any consideration applied to that.
    The bottom line is the bottom line

    The other thing that is not considered is the database out of Germany. This has been established for a EU market…a market that is already a subscriber of the GW myth. There is political factors to consider. The subjective criteria used to establish the data.

    And the blatant statement of acceptance by solidworks that Carbon is hazard.

  3. Jeff Sweeney says:

    The bottom line is a bigger factor than the cost of material. If I can make more $$$ selling something if it has a “green” label, material may become secondary. Now days we as engineers have one more variable we need to consider.

    Sadly, perception is reality.

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