Any boat building software that is easy to use out there?

Discussion in 'Software' started by madnewf, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. madnewf
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    I have yet to find something that is simple to use for everyday person to use. Let me know will ya. A lot of software listed here will take a long time to grasp especially for a new user. Thanks
     
  2. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    What do you want to do with the software related to boat building?

    Do you want to design a boat? If so what type of boat?

    Do you want to loft and fair an existing design and create full size templates?

    Do you want to create 3D CAD models of existing designs?

    Do you want to create input code for CNC machines?

    Do you want to track mass and cost?

    ??????
     
  3. madnewf
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    Hi im looking for something to loft and fair an existing design for a 3d model in a game engine but i have to be somewhat close to accrual boat. I looked at lofting from photos but its way above my skills .
     
  4. TANSL
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    What information do you have at the moment and what do you want to finally get?
     
  5. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Regardless of what software you use, the first step is to get the shape of the boat to input it. There are many ways to do it, from measuring manually to point clouds. Photos are not likely to give you the information to input, unless you have a huge amount of them taken at the right angle and scaled properly.
     
  6. madnewf
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    Yes I understand I tried delphship but getting the bow section was easy but when it came to stern and deck it got too much..
     
  7. gonzo
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    So, then you already have a table of offsets?
     
  8. madnewf
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    yes I do have table of offsets but figuring this out and where info goes is something out of my league ,just generating a random hull is easy and tweek it a bit bit ,but to replicate one from scratch is a lot more difficult. Tried sketching it with grease pencil in blender, and results were not great,sketch up is ok for building architecture ,i cant get rounded surfaces to work well with it.
     

  9. DCockey
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    I've gone from offsets to a 3D hull model for several hulls using Rhino. I enter the offsets into an Excel spreadsheet I created, and obtain a file with 3D point coordinates from Excel which I import into Rhino. In Rhino I create waterline, buttock, station, sheer, rabbet, etc curves using the imported points. Obvious errors are corrected and the curves are roughly reconciled. A surface is created using the curves and the surface is faired.
     
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