Eco Materials Adviser for Autodesk Inventor Available in Six Languages

Full Version of sustainable design tool now in English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese

Cambridge, UK—March 2, 2012 Granta Design today announced the availability of Eco Materials Adviser in six language versions: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Users of Autodesk® Inventor® software in all of these languages can now access both the Base and Full Versions of this powerful sustainable design tool.

Eco Materials Adviser enables designers access an authoritative source of materials property data within Autodesk Inventor, and to apply that data to address environmental, performance, and cost requirements together at an early stage in the design process. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key eco indicators such as CO2 footprint, energy usage, materials cost, water usage, and compatibility with legislation on hazardous substances. Users can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

Eco Materials Adviser Base Version, which enables users to try out the tool, was shipped with every copy of Autodesk Inventor 2012 in English. Users in the other supported languages will now be offered the opportunity to update to their local language version on the next occasion that they open Eco Materials Adviser.

The Full Version builds on the capabilities provided in the Base Version by enabling users to study assemblies of any size, to investigate materials options in greater depth using Granta's comprehensive database of around 3,000 materials, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact. Users can purchase the Full Version by following in-product links or by going directly to inventor.grantadesign.com.

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Further information

Eco Materials Adviser website 

More on Granta's solutions for eco design 

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Cambridge, UK—September 29, 2011

Eco Materials Adviser Full Version Available for Autodesk Inventor

Granta Design today announced the release of Eco Materials Adviser Full Version. This new sustainable design tool can now be purchased online by users of Autodesk Inventor software. It extends the functionality of Eco Materials Adviser Base Version, which is available as standard within Autodesk Inventor 2012.

Eco Materials Adviser—choosing materials and viewing the eco impacts dashboard in Autodesk Inventor

Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to quickly generate eco impact analyses of their product parts or assemblies as they evolve their designs in Autodesk Inventor. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as CO2 footprint, energy usage, materials cost, water usage, and compatibility with legislation on hazardous substances. Users can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

The new Full Version builds on the capabilities provided in the Base Version by enabling users to study assemblies of any size, to investigate materials options in greater depth using Granta's comprehensive database of around 3,000 materials, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact. These include finishing processes and the transport and use of the finished product. Users can purchase the Full Version by following in-product links to the product website or by going directly to inventor.grantadesign.com.

The software works by connecting over the Internet to a Cloud-hosted database that provides the necessary materials, process, and environmental data. Access is available by annual subscription. The list price is US$995, but a launch price of US$795 is available until November 30, 2011.

"You can improve what you measure," says Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta. "Building on our Eco Audit technology, Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to estimate the environmental sustainability of a product while it is still 'on the drawing board'. Designers and engineering teams can then make informed choices. We are delighted to be working with Autodesk to bring these methods directly into 3D design. Eco Materials Adviser Full Version completes the first phase of this work."

"With Eco Materials Adviser, Autodesk Inventor software users can make informed materials choices in the design phase, where it can be most critical," said Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. "We're pleased to have the Full Version available to help designers create unique products while factoring in the environmental impacts of the materials they use."

Further information

A summary table showing the scope of the full version of Eco Materials Adviser is available at inventor.grantadesign.com/upgrade.asp

Download a high-resolution picture of Eco Materials Adviser, and other media information 

Eco Materials Adviser website 

More on Granta's solutions for eco design 

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor and Inventor are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the US and/or other countries.


Cambridge, UK—June 22, 2011

Granta Design to extend Autodesk Inventor sustainable design tool

Granta Design announced details of the Eco Materials Adviser Full Version. This will build upon the sustainable design tool, which is currently available at no extra cost within Autodesk Inventor 2012 software.

Autodesk Inventor Eco Materials Adviser helps designers to estimate a product’s environmental impact and to make more sustainable design decisions. The Full Version, available for purchase from Granta later this year, will enable users to analyze larger assemblies, to study materials options in more depth, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact.

Using the Eco Materials Adviser, currently a designer can quickly generate an eco impact analysis for a product part or assembly within Autodesk Inventor. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as energy usage, restricted substances, CO2 footprint, water usage, and materials cost. Any Autodesk Inventor user can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

The Full Version will enable more in-depth analyses, specifically:

Assembly size—the Full Version will allow users to study Autodesk Inventor assemblies of any size.

More depth on materials options—The Base Version allows users to select from a representative set of materials. Designers can draw useful conclusions about which classes of materials to use, and can access engineering and cost data on these materials so that environmental targets can be considered alongside other objectives. The Full Version will support designers wishing to study materials options in more depth, offering a choice of around 3,000 materials.

Broader scope—The Full Version will account for the eco impact of the complete product lifecycle—raw materials, manufacture, transport, use, and disposal—and will add consideration of finishing processes such as painting, electroplating, and powder coating. The result will be a more well-rounded sustainability profile.

“Our software allows people to better understand the products they create before they manufacture them to make better, more sustainable design decisions,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Granta will take manufacturers’ understanding one step further by making its materials information and eco assessment tools available to Autodesk Inventor customers around the world.”

Granta’s eco design mission is to help companies reduce environmental impacts, costs, and risks through integrated tools to manage and apply materials and process knowledge. “Eco Materials Adviser is a significant step in enabling practical eco design,” said Dr. Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “We are pleased to announce the additional analysis options that we will soon be providing to Inventor users, and we look forward to delivering this new product later this year.”

Further information

A summary table showing the scope of the full version of Eco Materials Adviser is available at inventor.grantadesign.com/upgrade.asp

Download a high-resolution picture of Eco Materials Adviser, and other media information 

Eco Materials Adviser website 

More on Granta's solutions for eco design 

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor and Inventor are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the US and/or other countries.


Cambridge, UK—Mar 25, 2011

Granta Featured in Autodesk Inventor Software's New Sustainable Design Solution

Granta Design announced that Autodesk, Inc. has introduced a new tool for sustainable design within Autodesk Inventor 2012 software, called Eco Materials Adviser, the result of a strategic partnership between Granta and Autodesk. Eco Materials Adviser will help designers to estimate a product’s environmental impact and to make more sustainable design decisions.

Using Eco Materials Adviser, a designer can quickly generate an eco impact analysis for a product part or assembly within Autodesk Inventor software. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as energy usage, CO2 footprint, water usage, and materials cost. The user can interactively explore the effect of changes in the materials choice or design of their digital prototype. The tool is powered by Granta’s expert materials database and proven sustainable design methodology. With Eco Materials Adviser, designers and engineers can:

  • Address environmental requirements early in the design process—when changes matter most and cost least
  • Access a practical eco design tool that does not require the user to develop expertise in sustainability, or to hunt for the right eco data
  • Design more sustainable, cost-effective, and durable products
  • Clearly communicate the benefits of enhanced materials selections

An introductory version of Eco Materials Adviser is available to Autodesk Inventor users as part of the 2012 Manufacturing Software Portfolio release, announced by Autodesk on March 22, 2011.

"Autodesk is committed to providing the best 3D design and engineering software to address the world’s environmental challenges, making sustainable design easy and accessible for manufacturers and designers," said Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.  "Through the Eco Materials Adviser and our partnership with Granta, we are helping make environmentally preferred material selections a reality for enterprises of all sizes."

"It’s very exciting to see Granta’s eco design technology applied through an easy-to-use tool and fully integrated into a CAD environment," said Dr. Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. "Granta is delivering practical tools that embed eco design into routine engineering and design workflows."

Further information

Download a high-resolution picture of Eco Materials Adviser 

Autodesk 2012 Manufacturing Software press release 

Eco Materials Adviser website 

More on Granta's solutions for eco design 

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor and Inventor are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the US and/or other countries.


Cambridge, UK, and San Rafael, California—Oct 19, 2010

Autodesk and Granta Partner to Help Enable Sustainable Product Design

Access to Best-in-Class Materials Information Technology Empowers Manufacturers to Make More Eco-Responsible Design Decisions

autodeskAutodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and materials information technology innovators Granta Design Ltd. have announced a new strategic partnership, combining Autodesk's Digital Prototyping vision with Granta's materials information and eco design technology to help enable sustainable product design.

Granta and Autodesk are co-developing software that will add new sustainable design capabilities to the Autodesk solution. The companies are working closely to integrate Granta’s eco design methods into Autodesk software, helping designers to estimate the environmental impact of a product and make more sustainable design decisions. The new tools will access and use data from Granta’s world-class materials information database. As nearly 80 percent of a product’s environmental footprint is determined during the design phase, the combination of the companies’ technologies stands to significantly impact manufacturers of all sizes seeking to optimize product sustainability.

“The ability to optimize material selection based on environmental impact, in addition to cost and performance, is crucial to today’s manufacturers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “We believe that companies of all sizes—not just large enterprises—deserve ready access to this information, and our partnership with Granta will help deliver that capability to Autodesk customers worldwide.”

Materials analysis and selection is increasingly important for companies to control a product design's environmental impact, both to respond to customer demand and to comply with regulation. For example, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is in the process of updating its "Green Guides," requiring manufacturers that claim their products are made with renewable materials to say how much of the product is manufactured with those materials, what those materials are, how they are sourced and why they are considered renewable. In Europe, the European Union's recent Eco-design of Energy-Related Products Directive requires companies to use best practice in design for the environment to minimize the environmental impact of energy using products and energy related products.

“The market must consider sustainability for myriad reasons,” said Dr. David Cebon, Managing Director at Granta Design. “Granta is a leading innovator in data and tools for practical eco design.  By partnering with Autodesk, with their breadth of industry-leading manufacturing solutions, we hope to make it easy for companies to adopt sustainable design practices into their processes.”

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.

Autodesk and AutoCAD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION:

Autodesk 

Autodesk's Digital Prototyping product information 

Information about Granta's eco initiative