SolidWorks Tutorial: Windmill with SolidWorks Sustainability


The Windmill Tutorial takes you through the design of a component utilizing SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress to perform a Life Cycle Assessment on a part.  The first document illustrates a parts list and  the assembly.  The second document develops the sustainable part by selecting the material, manufacturing process, geographical locations for where raw materials are obtained and where the product will be used, students can determine the carbon footprint, energy consumed, air and water effects.  Students will also create the drawing.  The third document takes you through the assembly of the windmill.  This tutorial was developed by Jack van den Broek, technical vocational instructor.   The tutorial is available in Dutch at

Other tutorials by Jack can be found on the SolidWorks STEM Teacher Blog.

The complete model answers to the windmill project are available on our SolidWorks Customer Portal.   You require your SolidWorks Education serial number to access curriculum. 

As an engineer and an educator,  teaching students to incorporate SolidWorks Sustainability into the design of a product becomes a critical step as they learn the design process.  We teach form, fit and function of a component.  The student also has a responsiblity to understand that the materials they select and the manufacturing process they choose have an effect on the environment.  Empowering your students to make these choices takes the engineering design process to a level that socially sound and economically feasible.    I hope you enjoy the windmill. 


Project Documents:Download Windmill_tutorial_13; Download Windmill_tutorial_13A; Download Windmill_tutorial_13B

Models:Download Windmolen 10-06-2010

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