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Sustainable Minds Release 1.0 Offers Product Life Cycle Assessment for Autodesk Inventor Users

Import of Bill of Materials Data Provides Seamless Interoperability

Submitted by: Sustainable Minds LLC

Categories: Clean Technology, Green Products & Services

Posted: Oct 27, 2009 – 01:36 PM EST


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 27 /CSRwire/ - Sustainable Minds, a greener product design software and information company, today announced that its flagship life cycle assessment product, Sustainable Minds Release 1.0, is streamlined for sharing data with Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software.

Sustainable Minds Release 1.0 is a comprehensive Web-based software and information service that enables users to apply ecodesign strategies to generate innovative and greener product concepts. Autodesk Inventor software takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping, enabling them to design, visualize and simulate products before they are built.

Interoperability between Sustainable Minds Release 1.0 and Autodesk Inventor software makes it easier than ever for manufacturers to measure the environmental impact of an entire product design, including assemblies, sub-assemblies, and parts.

Manufacturers can easily import bill of materials (BOM) data from Inventor software. Multiple features simplify the data sharing process for Inventor users:

  • Inventor material names have been mapped to the Okala Impact Factor database to ensure accurate identification when imported
  • Consistency between Inventor software and Sustainable Minds BOM attributes
  • Automatic mass unit conversion

"Thousands of users rely on Inventor software to design, visualize and simulate digital prototypes before a part is ever cut," said Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. "Now, through our close collaboration with Sustainable Minds, they can estimate the environmental and human health impacts of their design decisions. By having quantitative results early in the concept stage, engineers and designers can design greener products from the start, saving time, money and resources."

"Sustainable Minds Release 1.0 models impacts in all life cycle stages-from manufacturing and use, to end of life and transportation-making it the most comprehensive early-stage LCA software on the market," said Terry Swack, CEO and co-founder of Sustainable Minds. "By allowing Inventor users to take advantage of these capabilities so easily, we hope to make environmentally sustainable design a reality for every manufacturer."

To watch a video demonstration to see how Sustainable Minds Release 1.0 works together with Inventor to enhance manufacturers' ability to make more environmentally responsible products, visit:

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About Sustainable Minds
Sustainable Minds, LLC is a greener product design software and information company dedicated to bringing environmentally sustainable product design into mainstream design and manufacturing in an understandable, empowering and credible way. The company has deep knowledge of product design, life cycle assessment and environmental systems design, expertise in Web-based business, software design and customer experience. Sustainable Minds is the first on-demand, early-stage design decision support software and information service that estimates a product's potential life cycle environmental and human health impacts, in a collaborative, learning work space. Sustainable Minds is committed to helping create products that are environmentally beneficial, economically viable and socially and ethically equitable. Customers include Yakima, Celestica, Whirlpool, Motorola, LUNAR, IDEO, Farm Design, Smart Design, Frog Design, MOTO Development Group, Pratt Institute and UCLA. In a Premium Strategic Relationship, Autodesk and Sustainable Minds are empowering companies to make more sustainable design decisions. With Inventor software for Digital Prototyping, Autodesk is helping take designers and engineers beyond 3D to address the most challenging environmental issues. More information about Sustainable Minds, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts, can be found at

© 2009, Sustainable Minds and are trademarks of Sustainable Minds, LLC.

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For more information, please contact:

Terry Swack Co-Founder and CEO
Phone: 617-401-2269
Juliann Grant Vice President, Telesian Technology
Phone: 978-687-4262


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