Creating Drinking Water from Thin Air

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 12, 2009— More than one billion human beings lack access to clean water, according to the United Nations. The rest arguably pay too much for water infrastructure, transportation, and packaging.

That’s why Island Sky ® Corp. USA, based in Hollywood, Fla., has developed a patented technology for transforming water vapor from the atmosphere into potable water. This is the latest in a long line of remarkable sustainability-focused innovations designed with SolidWorks ® 3D CAD software.

“High-quality water is typically transported from springs, distilled, perhaps packaged, and transported again, leaving a considerable carbon footprint,” said Island Sky Vice President of Engineering George Dubois. “Our mission is to provide low cost, high-quality drinking water to people in every corner of the world and to supply critical emergency drinking water equipment to relief agencies for crisis areas where potable water is unavailable.”

Island Sky has developed two water-making products: Skywater ® 14, a home/office model, and Skywater ® 300, a larger outdoor model just entering mass production. The multipatented devices consist of more than 400 parts each, designed from top to bottom in SolidWorks, and produce as many as 1,100 liters per day.

Other green breakthroughs designed in SolidWorks include:

  • The BigBelly ® trash bin, the world’s only on-site solar-powered trash compactor;
  • UV-light drinking water disinfection systems from Trojan Technologies;
  • The Reee chair, a stackable chair made entirely from discarded video game consoles; and
  • Whole-house systems designed by Greentec Systems featuring solar panels, air filtration units, under-floor heating, and other products that reduce dependence on oil, gas, or electricity.

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“There’s an urgent demand for our products, as you might imagine, so development speed is of the essence,” George Dubois said. “SolidWorks is an excellent tool that helps us work very quickly. We conserve time, money, and material resources by carefully studying all our prototypes in SolidWorks so the first physical assembly works perfectly. Our team has a long and varied design resume, including aerospace and medical, and SolidWorks was simply the logical choice. Our manufacturing partners use SolidWorks, too, so communication is simple.”

For more information on SolidWorks and sustainable design, visit:

Island Sky relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller The SolidExperts for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation are products of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks), a world leader in 3D solutions.

About Island Sky

Island Sky Corporation, USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Island Sky Australia Ltd. For more information, visit

About The SolidExperts

The SolidExperts enable innovation and new product development for engineers and manufacturers across Florida through the power of SolidWorks products and applications. With a qualified team of experienced engineers and certified SolidWorks professionals, The SolidExperts provide comprehensive sales, support, and industry-leading training for the full line of SolidWorks 3D design products. For information, visit

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, develops and markets software for design, analysis, product data management, and documentation. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit .

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