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 www.solidworks.nl.
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.