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

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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. Tato4all
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    Tato4all New Member

    can any one help me to find tutorial for Free!ship ?
     
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  3. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    I'll look at it again in the near future. I got lost once. If I have trouble again I'll send you the information by PM.
     
  4. nukisen
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    nukisen Senior Member

    I do use freeship to make a hull that is function in hydrodynamic.
    After that i do use Sketchup to make the construktion. This is for me very handleable.
     
  5. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Welcome...................
     
  6. sigfinity
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    sigfinity sigfinity

    Thanks Thudpucker, Steamer and the others. Good content on CAD systems, limits. I usually am working on very small parts and have first hand experience with the challenges of milling things into reality. I have a materials experiment running in my garage as part of the cat project and will do the mentioned freeship tutorial when I get a chance.

    Again, I appreciated the comments.
     
  7. pamarine
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    pamarine Marine Electrician

    Not really in this same category, but I am using Solidworks for the entire process from design through construction. Even with version 2008 (which has much improved surface modeling tools over previous versions) It is still a bear to draw truly fair and hydrodynamically sound surfaces. (I use rhinomarine for my hydrostatics, just haven't had the time or desire to learn to use Rhino to do my hull design, although with each hull change I'm thinking about it more and more).

    Parametric Solid-Modeling CAD programs like Alibre and Solidworks are designed around the needs of industrial component engineers and manufacturers, not really the Boat, Car, and Aircraft folks. Dassault has a CAD program that is designed for out purposes, Catia, but at a $10k (USD) premium above what Solidworks costs.

    The best package I have seen so far is a Purpose-built Marine design software suite that integrates into a traditional CAD program. Multisurf is such a suite for SW, but again it comes down to cost. For the Low-Cost/Free Category (1K range or less) I would cast my vote for Rhino with Rhino Marine.
     
  8. brayanloius
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    brayanloius New Member

    Best Free or Low Cost Marine Design Software?

    Hi, From point of view carene is best.
     
  9. nukisen
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    nukisen Senior Member

    Need a free cad?
    I did download DOUBLE CAD XT Yesterday And it seems to work fine!
    It can handle 2d,dwg,dxf and do have fine layer options.
    So for us who uses programs at home, this is a nice option.
     
  10. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    I couldnt get the Double cad to down load. I press the Submit and nothing ever happens.
     
  11. nukisen
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    nukisen Senior Member

    I did fill in this form first.
    http://activate.imsisoft.com/doublecad.aspx?productpage=DoubleCAD-XT
    Then i did have to turn off my avast antivirus. to get the exefile to work.
    As i downloaded the exefile with my virus program first there was no virus detected. But the exe file was broken. So i downloaded again with no virusprogram. And it did work perfekt. Maybe you have to confirm an activex controll in top of your browser. Though I dont know wich OS you are running Thudpacker.
    Good luck!
     
  12. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    Thanks Nuk. I did fill all that in. Did you notice it forced you to fill in a business and your position. I used an old business name and position.
    There may be some kind of Virus hooked up to it, so I'll just pass.
    Dick
     
  13. nukisen
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    nukisen Senior Member

    :) I did use business:Home.
    Worked fine.
     
  14. guzzis3
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    guzzis3 Senior Member

    If your looking for free 2D cad programs solidedge are offering their 2D component free. You do have to register with them to get it.

    2D cad is limited for hull design but can be useful for other boat related tasks.

    NX, catia's competition, has a ship design component, but as mentioned previously these are expensive programs.
     

  15. Mark@DSM
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    Mark@duesouthmarine

    Orca 3d comes as a decent hull modelling program.
    there are some bugs that needs working on but overall im enjoying this low cost light weight package.
     
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