Incorporate sustainability into your product design
Real-Time Environmental Assessment During Product Design
SOLIDWORKS® Sustainability provides practical design-centric environmental assessments in real time to help you develop more sustainable products. It’s easy to use and designed for the non-expert, providing actionable environmental results at a fraction of the time and cost of a typical assessment. Whether you’re new to adding sustainability initiatives, looking to comply with environmental laws and standards, already building environmentally-friendly products, or an industry leader, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability gives you the data you need to make informed design decisions to move your plan forward.
Reduce Costs and Improve Your Design
More than just a materials assessment tool, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability quantifies impacts across the full product lifecycle—from raw materials extraction and production through product use to end-of-life. Reliable environmental data, instant feedback, and a powerful material comparison tool guide your design decisions. Now you can quickly create more sustainable design options that require fewer materials, produce less waste, and use less energy while you meet your product performance criteria.
Spur Innovation and New Product Development
With a clear view into sustainability, you can improve your designs, reduce costs, and create differentiation for your products. The software considers four key environmental indicators— carbon footprint, total energy consumed, impact to air, and impact to water—to help you implement ecodesign practices. Now you can target “green” marketing opportunities by rethinking existing designs and exploring new ones, to create next-generation, environmentally friendly products for any industry.
Work Seamlessly in the Design Environment
As an integrated part of the SOLIDWORKS software suite, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability makes environmental assessment an effortless and natural part of your workflow. You can model different materials and design solutions, and then quickly analyze the environmental impacts of material, resource procurement, transportation, and fabrication. You get robust environmental results, clearly displayed in a real-time graphical dashboard. Sustainability data is automatically stored as part of the model file, so you can easily share it with others.
Apply Life Cycle Assessment Early in Design
SOLIDWORKS Sustainability uses the science of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a scientific methodology to measure environmental impact over the entire product life cycle, including raw materials extraction, manufacturing, assembly, transportation, product use, and disposal. Traditionally available only in the final stages of product development, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability now brings screening-level LCA to the design phase, when you can easily make adjustments to create more sustainable designs.
Analysis with the Gold Standard of Environmental Data
Through a partnership with the pioneering LCA firm PE International, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability utilizes the extensive GaBi® Life Cycle Inventory database. Built with scientific expertise and empirical data gathered over decades, this database is recognized as the worldwide gold standard for environmental impact data and is regularly refreshed to ensure your information is always up-to-date.
Automatic Environmental Report Generation
You can instantly generate reports to capture the results of your sustainability assessments and the steps you’ve taken to minimize environmental impacts. Show the sustainability profile of your product, compare design alternatives, and break down the impact of complex assemblies. If desired, you can customize your reports with your contact information and company branding.
“SOLIDWORKS Sustainability software is helping us document our achievements and develop even greener products in the future. This is good for our business and good for the planet.”
Brian Kinnune, Engineering Manager, BetaLED (a division of Cree, Inc.)
Make Sustainability Your Competitive Advantage
SOLIDWORKS Sustainability can be a simple, seamless, and intuitive part of your product development. Now designers and engineers can consider environmental impacts and benefits at the earliest stages of design. Easy to understand and use, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability fully integrates comprehensive LCA expertise into design so you can make sustainability part of your design criteria. You can quickly achieve meaningful results that reduce environmental impacts, differentiate your products, and give you a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.