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.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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