Hide Table of Contents

Specifying Duration of Use

When the Sustainability software calculates the environmental impact of an assembly, it uses the Duration of Use value in conjunction with the Built to last value from the Manufacturing section of the Task Pane.

  • Duration of Use is the length of time the product is used.
  • Built to last is the length of time the product lasts.

By dividing the Duration of Use value by the Built to last value, the Sustainability software calculates the quantity of the product that is needed over the period of time that the product is used. The software multiplies the rest of the environmental impact results by that number to calculate the total environmental impact of the design.

  1. In the Environmental Impact dashboard, if a baseline is set (sustainability_baseline_on), click Set Baseline PM_SetBaseline_Sustain.gif (Environmental Impact dashboard toolbar) to toggle the baseline off (sustainability_baseline_off).
  2. For Duration of Use, enter a time increment and value to represent the length of time the product is used. For example, 10.00 and Year, indicating 10 years of use.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Specifying Duration of Use
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.