So I was driving around the other day in my Ford F-250 Powerstroke - ha! There's a way to start off a blog about sustainable design in manufacturing... Did I mention that I burn BioDiesel? Smells like french fries.
Anyway, who's not hearing about sustainable design, eco-friendly, green initiatives these days? You can't swing a bat around here without coming across an article about sustainability. So how does that relate to manufacturers, and are there tools available to help us create more environmentally conscious products? Why yes there is...
LCA, or Life Cycle Analysis from Sustainable Minds is so much more than changing from one material to another. LCA incorporates Material Selection, Usage, Transportation of material and finished product, as well as End of Life process. LCA gives you a complete picture, far beyond switching from aluminum to recycled aluminum, allowing you to have a true picture of the environmental impact of your design decisions before a single part is ever cut.
Check out this video to learn more about taking an Autodesk Inventor assembly and importing it into Sustainable Minds, making multiple concepts and analyzing the results.
And visit http://www.sustainableminds.com/autodesk.to learn more about Sustainable Minds and sign up for a free trial. Hey, we all like free and I know you guys like trials.
-Rob "Greengo" Cohee