SolidWorks Sustainability in Engineering Design Education – Teaching Green

End of lifeLast week I was fortunate to present on SolidWorks Sustainability at the American Society of Engineering Education – Engineering Design Graphics Division Mid Year Conference at Penn State Erie.  SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress is a new, free, application that allows you to determine Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on a part.  So how do you teach green?  How do you empower your students to learn how their decisions will impact the environment.  From inputs, such as material selection, manufacturing process, where manufactured in the world, and where a product is used, SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress provides information on carbon footprint, energy consumed, air acidification and water eurtrophication.  Once the student calculates the baseline, similar materials can be compared based on material properites such as density and tensile strength.  Final LCA reports are delivered in Word format.  My complete presentation, step-by-step example for the classroom and information to obtain SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress is below.  You must have SolidWorks 2009 SP2 or greater. To download SolidWorksSustainabilityXpress, goto  Marie Planchard

 PPT Presentation: Download Sustainability-EDGD 2010A

Tutorial: Download SustainabilityLabsTutorial

Model: Download Drive Sled2

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard