The two combined means truly greener products. Ecodesign systematically incorporates environmental considerations into the design process. LCA is a widely used and highly effective way to measure the relative ‘green-ness’ of a product.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) overview
Single figure LCA
Using environmental impacts vs. process flows to measure environmental performance
Sustainable Minds® is an on-demand, Web-based software and information service that provides a comprehensive system for companies to credibly estimate, evaluate, and track environmental performance throughout a product’s life cycle. At the core is design decision support software that enables life cycle assessment and rapid iteration of product concepts during the earliest stages of design.
Partnership with Autodesk
To further sustainable design and provide information that will help designers build eco-responsibility into their products early in the design process, Sustainable Minds and Autodesk have partnered to provide information to designers on life-cycle assessment. Autodesk Alias Design 3D modeling software allows industrial designers to create design concepts, including the beautiful aesthetics and surfaces that consumers demand. Introducing rich information on life-cycle assessment alongside Alias, allows designers to ideate and iterate on the life-cycle impacts of their designs and helps Alias users create products that are less harmful to the environment.
Create innovative, greener products. Reduce cycle time and costs. Win new business. An SM LCA can be conducted at many points throughout the design process – the earlier the better.
Using SM in the design process & two example projects
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