Dassault Systemes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. has announced the first grand prize winners and runners up of the Green Design Contest. The contest, which kicked off in honor of Earth Day on April 22, required contestants to use SolidWorks 3D CAD software to design a low-impact airport terminal chair. Contestants developed the chair for a fictitious new green airline to be mass produced for use within an airport terminal.
Commercial grand prize winner Russell Donovan, of Auckland, New Zealand, will travel to Chaa Creek rainforest eco-resort in Belize in recognition for his “Leaf” chair design. Within the Education category, the two grand prize winners: Gerard Libby of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with his “Airfoil” chair, and Elias Chavez of Fontana, California with his bamboo chair reminiscent of a nature lodge, will be recognized for their designs at SolidWorks World.
“Sustainable design is a very complex subject, and it is hard to understand and reduce environmental impacts that we can’t see every day,” said Asheen Phansey, SolidWorks Sustainability Product Manager. “We sponsored the Green Design Contest to create greater awareness of how SolidWorks Sustainability can enable users to incorporate product life cycle thinking into their designs and tangibly reduce the environmental impacts.”
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