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Sustainability Spotlight: Autodesk Helps Echotect Bring Sustainable Building Materials to Market

Dec 30, 2010

Echotect, a Dutch clean tech company, has successfully deployed software from Autodesk, Inc. to design and optimize technology to produce a cost-effective, recyclable, and environmentally sustainable alternative to engineered stone. Combining quartz, marble, and other aggregates with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), the technology has resulted in a product that is almost indistinguishable from natural stone, but the material is non-porous and 100% recyclable. Five years in development, the engineered stone will provide consumers with an eco-friendly alternative that meets the performance characteristics of traditional products.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program enabled Echotect to combine digital prototyping technology with piping and instrumentation design (P&ID) to bring this innovative recycling process to market. Autodesk Inventor software was used to design and engineer the equipment that converts shredded PET bottles, while AutoCAD P&ID software was used to create, modify, and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams in the recycling plant.  Autodesk Vault proved essential for maintaining design and engineering documentation of the project lifecycle, and photorealistic 3D visualizations of how custom modules of their recycling equipment will fit into customer buildings and sites was enabled by use of Autodesk Showcase.

As part of the sustainability efforts at Autodesk, the Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies by providing them with low cost design and engineering software that will help them develop of solutions to environmental challenges. Some other companies that have benefited from this program include

? San Francisco-based PearlLED used Autodesk Inventor to digitally prototype its new energy-efficient light bulbs.

? Seattle, Washington-based General Biodiesel used Autodesk mechanical design and piping design software to transform waste into energy.

? APTwater, Inc. used Autodesk Inventor software to develop advanced water treatment technologies that are less expensive and more compact, while  also improving water quality and reusability.

? Fiberforge of Snowmass, Colorado, used AutoCAD Electrical software to help design controls for creating lighter, stronger, and recyclable materials for consumer products and industrial machinery.

Clean tech companies in North America and Europe who can benefit from Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping are invited to apply to the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program which provides up to $150,000 worth of software for only $50.