4th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge Winners - Re-Think Everyday Products for Circular Economy
Katy Evans
January 23, 2017 - 4:07am

Best Use of Autodesk Fusion 360 - The Leaf Knife

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of their fourth Product Design Challenge.  The challenges are presented by the Institute in collaboration with Autodesk and made possible by Arconic Foundation. 162 designers across 19 countries submitted work for the fourth round of the design challenge, which encourages the design community to envision solutions for the circular economy, powered by Cradle to Cradle product design principles. We are happy to say that this challenge is helping to drive the use of Autodesk Fusion 360. In this most recent challenge, more than 35% of the design submissions used Fusion 360.

Participants in the C2C Product Design Challenge had free access to the self-paced online course providing strategies, tools, and examples of the Cradle to Cradle design principles leading to Cradle to Cradle Certified products.

“With a rapidly growing population and finite resources, now more than ever, it is necessary for designers and engineers to design for the circular economy, creating a future where we can live well and within the limits of our planet,” said Lynelle Cameron, Senior Director of Autodesk Sustainability and President and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation.  

“Autodesk invests in and supports people who are designing solutions to help address social and environmental challenges, empowering them to make anything, better. Autodesk Fusion 360, a cloud-based platform that facilitates collaboration, analysis and simulation enabled the designers of Leaf Knife, winner of the Best Use of Fusion 360 category, to freely iterate and collaborate in their design process. This resulted in an outstanding technical design, with a deep consideration of circular design from materials and process to end product,” Cameron stated.

For an overview of the competition and all winning entries, click here.

Cradle to Cradle’s mission is to turn the making of things into a positive force for people, the economy, and the planet, which is administered through a product program for assessing and continually improving products based upon five sustainability characteristics: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. Their competition is run in collaboration with Autodesk and the Alcoa Foundation, whose focus areas include finding solutions to improve the environment through sustainable design.