I recently ran a webcast about SolidWorks Sustainability, which is an incredibly powerful tool inside SolidWorks that enables us to gain insight into our design and its environmental impact. More importantly, it provides us with a very efficient way of evaluating design changes to minimize the impact our design will have on the environment. It’s also advantageous to do this early in the design cycle as this has a larger impact on reducing time and costs.
In this design example, we’re focusing on a personal humidifier, and we want to see if we can implement changes to improve the environmental impact. A key element of sustainability is the level of integration we have inside SolidWorks. We can use assembly visualization to look at aspects such as mass, density, total weight and so on. But we also support the sustainability characteristics such as the material class or specific material. In our case, we are interested in evaluating the carbon footprint and trying to minimize that for our design. But it could be that we are looking to reduce energy consumption, like a wind turbine manufacturer in Vermont is doing.
To get a true sustainable design impact study with SolidWorks, use SolidWorks Simulation in concert with SolidWorks Sustainability. What good is it to select environmentally appropriate materials if the new materials do not live up to daily product use. So SolidWorks Simulation will get the new material that is selected in SolidWorks Sustainability to run a stress analysis on the tank component, which is subjected to water pressure and external loads. From running the stress analysis, we discover that we can reduce the wall thickness of the tank and save material as well as money! Check out the quick run-through of the webcast below and then watch the full webcast if you are interested in learning more!