Best Free or Low Cost Marine Design Software? (2008-2010)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Apr 8, 2008.

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Which free or low cost hull modeling program(s) do you use?

  1. Bearboat

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  2. BioDesign

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  3. BoatExpress

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  4. Carene

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  5. Carlson Design Hull Designer

    5 vote(s)
    2.9%
  6. Free!Ship

    58 vote(s)
    33.5%
  7. Free!Ship Plus

    40 vote(s)
    23.1%
  8. DELFTship free

    29 vote(s)
    16.8%
  9. HullCAO

    2 vote(s)
    1.2%
  10. Hull Form Free Version

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  11. PolyCAD

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  12. jSDN

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  13. Other (please post below)

    20 vote(s)
    11.6%
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  1. Admin
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  2. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    Same as the other category. I use Michlet, Flotilla and an extended version of the Gnu Scientific Library.
     
  3. lazeyjack

    lazeyjack Guest

    I sure as hell would not recommend Rhino to any beginner(me) what the heck is this C plane bizz and how do you set it, the bloody line snaps all over the place and I mean i have been trying for months YUK!!
     
  4. BarendGrobler
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    BarendGrobler Junior Member

    lazeyjack, just press F7 and the C plane will dissapear.
    if things are snaping everywhere, click "disable" (very bottom)
     
  5. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Freeship is still king.... currently trying to keep up with the rapidly evolving Free!ship Plus which is now at version 2.9something.
     
  6. lazeyjack

    lazeyjack Guest

    thanks Marsh, but then you cant free draw, between points, and then how do you turn grid back on
     
  7. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    I have been using DelftShip, FreeShip and now FreeShip-Plus via "wine" on Linux all present with issues for drawing a cat...
    I have a 2D cad running on Linux as well as Blender 3D, which is Bloody brilliant if I could figure out how to use it or print out the web based manual... - it works on Windows - free to download & use - It is apparently designed to create "movies" from cartoons inserting actual footage and drawn objects. Those into rendering - have a look, learn it and teach me please???
     
  8. DickT
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    Location: middlebury, vt

    DickT Junior Member

    Bearboat

    I've fooled with bearboat a little, but haven't been able to figure out how to change midship beam and draft.
     
  9. BOATMIK
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    BOATMIK Deeply flawed human being

    How is "low cost" defined?

    I understand "free" completely.

    Best wishes
    Michael
     
  10. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    BoatmiK, for me "low cost" is when you feel embarrassed to pay, or "I thought this stuff was FREE what am I paying for???"
     
  11. cekuhnen
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    Location: USA Grand Rapids

    cekuhnen Junior Member

    masalai

    I am some month later responding but I am a designer using Blender for organic modeling and also rendering of course. I feed Rhino the obj files through utilizing t_splines for converting polygon meshes into perfectly fitting NURBS patches.

    if you have questions about Blender feel free to contact me

    info@ckbrd.de

    or simply go to the blender user forum
    http://blenderartists.org/forum/
     
  12. Javaid Hosany
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    Location: Mauritius

    Javaid Hosany Junior Member

    Michlet

    Leo

    I am an electric and electronic engineering student. And I am actually learning Michlet to predict the thrust needed for a solar boat that I am doing the electrical installation.

    Can somebody help me please in understanding and calculating the ship loading type.

    Thank you lots.

    Regards
     
  13. Manie B
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    Manie B Senior Member

    Blender

    hi guys i see that some of you are using it
    i am still learning

    i get a message "no installed python found" some scripts may not run

    any ideas?

    i cant open any help menus

    www.blender.org doesnt work????
     
  14. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Yes You gotta install the Python script/language as well...
     

  15. Manie B
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    Manie B Senior Member

    Mas if you are online can you please see if you can get to
    www.blender.org

    no luck this side
     
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