This is the third part in a series of videos all about creating and sharing eco impact data such as end of life, CO2 footprint, energy usage etc that was created within Autodesk Inventor 2012 and then managed using Autodesk Vault Professional 2012.
In part one of the series, we looked at how we could create the eco impact data within Autodesk Inventor.
In part two, we looked at how the eco impact data we created in part one can be added to Autodesk Vault Professional and then managed with the documents and Bill of Materials of the product so that non-engineers can access and work with the data.
This final part shows how we can access all of the same eco impact data that is managed within Autodesk Vault Professional via the webclient and also a mobile device such as an Apple iPad (other mobile devices can also access the data):
So whats the point of this I hear you cry.....
As designers and engineers, we have a responsibility to think about material choices and regulatory compliance. We need to make sure that the products and solutions we design, engineer & manufacture are taking advantage of materials that can be recycled and to do this that we don't need our own personal power station to manufacture.
But more importantly, buyers, distributors and consumers are asking more questions about the products they buy, is it sustainable? is it recyclable? whats the CO2 footprint? what materials have been used? does it comply with regulations? - and all these need to be answered!
Using Eco Materials Advisor within Autodesk Inventor will give design engineers the ability to start the process of thinking about the eco impact of their designs much earlier. Once they have made decisions about the materials, manufacturing processes and finishes all of that eco impact data can then be shared and re-used by non-engineers without the need for them to do time consuming research.
The information is there for them, they can find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily and then when asked those questions by distributors, consumers etc they have the data to hand, driven directly from the Digital Prototype.