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Designing for Sustainability

This example demonstrates using SustainabilityXpress to perform an environmental impact analysis of a part.

You analyze a common part used in computers - the drive sled that holds drives in the computer case.

Sustainability measures these areas of environmental impact:

Carbon Footprint
A measure of carbon dioxide and equivalents, such as carbon monoxide and methane, that are released into the atmosphere primarily by burning fossil fuels.
Energy Consumption
All forms of nonrenewable energy consumed over the entire life cycle of the product.
Air Acidification
Acidic emissions, such as sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxides, which eventually lead to acid rain.
Water Eutrophication
Contamination of water ecosystems by waste water and fertilizers, resulting in algae blooms and the eventual death of plant and animal life.
The software measures the environmental impact based on these parameters:
  • Material used
  • Manufacturing process and region
  • Transportation and use region
  • End of life

Follow these steps to analyze parts:

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