19 Apr '11, 12am

Autodesk fires up green materials design tool via @businessgreen

Software company Autodesk has launched a new system that it claims will make it far easier for designers to work out the environmental impact of their products before they go into production. The US firm has created the Eco Materials Adviser in partnership with Granta, a UK spin-off from Cambridge University that has developed a database of design and environmental information on different materials, ranging from tensile strength to carbon footprint and the amount of water needed for its production. FURTHER READING Are clean technologies really that clean? Searching for a solution to the rare-earth problem Users of Autodesk's Inventor software can now access a free system that draws information on over 3,000 different materials on Granta's database and tests which would be the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly substitute for the materials proposed in the ini...

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