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. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    You can get the 2D here. You will have to fill in the thingy to get to the download area.
    http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_gb/products/velocity/solidedge/free2d/index.shtml

    If you're using something like Freeship then it is all you need. You can model the hull in Freeship, then export to Solid Edge and cad it up to have the pieces made.

    I have a 3D Solid Edge, but the 3D I use very seldom. 99.99% is 2D.

    As I understand this 2D is as professional as any out there, so do not think because it is 'free' it is not good, it is professional, just not 3D.

    Solid Edge works quite easy too.
     
  2. nukisen
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    Thanks I will run away to get this one imediately.
     
  3. nukisen
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    Worked very fine!
    Thanks a lot for the suggestion!
     
  4. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    The 2D functionality in SolidEdge is more than adequate for most purposes.

    My only beef with SolidEdge is one of their restrictions on the academic version- anything created or edited by a copy running under an academic/educational licence gets locked in such a way that the commercially licensed version can't read it anymore.
     
  5. Vulkyn
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    Vulkyn Senior Member

    I got confused with the similarities between DELFT ship and freeship. Are they the same or different versions?
    They even have the same interface and icons ....

    Apex said they are basically the same ..... are they both being updated or should i just stick with freeship ? (they cant read each other's files not sure if i exported properly though :S)
     
  6. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Both are free - Download both and play with them.

    I used to use Delftship before then switched to Freeship. Only reason is Freeship has a diffent resistance calculator available.
     
  7. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    The original Free!ship forked. Martijn (the original developer) decided to go after the pro/commercial market and renamed that branch Delftship and added a bunch of modules for common tasks in commercial naval architecture. It has a free version that is pretty much the same as older Free!ship versions, and a pro version that can use the powerful NA calculation modules. Free!ship Plus was then spun off by Victor, who has added some resistance prediction codes and other interesting tidbits; this fork is still FOSS and seems to be aimed more at hobbyists and backyard builders.
     
  8. Vulkyn
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  9. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Eh Matt, whatch it with the 'backyard' there eh :D

    I'm so glad my build will be in the front... ;)
     
  10. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Eh Vulkyn,

    I read somewhere you guys is Egypt only sail downwind... Is this true :D
     
  11. Vulkyn
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  12. Raggi_Thor
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    Raggi_Thor Nav.arch/Designer/Builder

    I think they sail downwind upstream (south) and then drift downstram (north) :)
     
  13. Raggi_Thor
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    Raggi_Thor Nav.arch/Designer/Builder

    Fanie, do they ave the same user interface and modelling capabilities, Freeship and Delftship?

    btw, I think 178Euros is "low cost" of you need some of the features in Delftship Pro.
    I even think Rhino at 900(?)Euros is low cost compared to AutoCAD for example.

    I think any tool is low cost if it pays back on one project, so you can buy it when you need it.
     
  14. Vulkyn
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    Vulkyn Senior Member

    What exactly do you mean ?? ;) ;)
    River, Red Sea or Mediterranean or something completely different ??
     

  15. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    He's just pulling your leg, that means joking with you. In ancient times no one could sail upwind, so you'd sail upstream and drift back downstream :D
     
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