Absolutely, a tall order indeed. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of advisor or product analytics capabilities in this area. I know SolidWorks and PTC both have offerings that aid engineers in this effort.
This looks like a good tool to help design engineers identify sustainable materials. Design engineers need all the help they can get. It wasn't many years ago they engineered for function and cost. In recent years they have become the front line in environmental compliance. Now they need to know the materials in every component and all packaging. Plus, they have to document those materials.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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