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Cradle to Cradle Product Design: Designing for a circular economy

Get practical product design strategies for the circular economy. This course draws from some resources on disassembly, recycling, repair, upgrade, and green material selection from the Sustainable Design collection within the Autodesk University Workshop Library.

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Durability

Products that stay in use for many years often have lower environmental impacts. Learn how to make your product durable – not only by resisting physical damage and wear, but also by staying relevant.

Improving Product Lifetime
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Improving Product Lifetime

While some products should last a lifetime, improving a product’s life isn’t always just about making it last. Learn how to decide on the right strategies for optimizing a product’s life and end-of-life.

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An Improved Coffee Machine

This concept for a radically simplified coffee machine is beautifully simple while being more reparable.

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A Solar Charging Station for the Developing World

In 2011, students from Stanford University were awarded a grant to develop solar-charging stations for the developing world.  Learn about their process and their final result.

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FEA Sustainability Goals

It is important to understand your sustainability goals before using FEA. There are many aspects of sustainability that can be investigated, but the overarching aim for all of them is to reduce the impact of your product.

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Metrics and the Basics of Mechanics

To really understand simulation results, you need a solid understanding the following basic metrics that the software considers: force, torque, pressure, stress, etc.

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Simulation for Sustainable Product Design

To use fewer resources and treat the surrounding environment in a better manner, designers and engineers must use their expertise, along with advanced tools, to reduce the impact of our actions and consumption.  One of these tools is computer simulation.  Here you will learn the basics of how and when to use simulation for sustainable design.