Best Marine Design Software for Hull Design? (2001-2005)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Jun 15, 2001.

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If you could only use one software package, which would it be?

  1. Autoship (Autoship Systems Corporation)

    34 vote(s)
    13.4%
  2. DefCar (DefCar Engineering)

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  3. Fastship (Proteus Engineering)

    9 vote(s)
    3.6%
  4. HullCAO (HullCAO)

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  5. Hull Form (Blue Peter Marine Systems)

    9 vote(s)
    3.6%
  6. Maxsurf (Formation Design Systems)

    75 vote(s)
    29.6%
  7. MultiSurf (Aerohydro)

    22 vote(s)
    8.7%
  8. Naval Designer

    18 vote(s)
    7.1%
  9. Prolines (Vacanti Yacht Design)

    12 vote(s)
    4.7%
  10. ProSurf (New Wave Systems)

    37 vote(s)
    14.6%
  11. Rhino (Robert McNeel & Assoc.)

    28 vote(s)
    11.1%
  12. SeaSolution

    4 vote(s)
    1.6%
  13. TouchCAD

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
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  1. wdnboatbuilder
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    I found my prosurf program yahoooooo. been an long time just need hollister to get me my password. If anyone hear got Hollister to contact me I really appreciate it. If not well hell thank you any way for listening to my frustration with the situation.
     
  2. marshmat
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    I find Rhino to be incredibly user friendly, despite its scary-thick manual. Then again, I'm not exactly an old hand here... but I did pick up Rhino pretty well in about 6-10 hours of using it, mostly just playing around. Far more intuitive than something like SolidEdge or AutoCAD. Still a lot about it I don't know, of course.... powerful tool, as most modern CAD programs are. I still use paper for sketching, though- nothing like a set of pencils and a sheet of squished tree to get some ideas out.
     
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  4. Stephen Ditmore
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  5. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    yes- Freeship 2.2 can export directly to Michelet's in.mlt format. The translation is quite reliable and I have found Michlet to be predictable and stable when working with Freeship-generated files. The Michlet output tables, on the other hand, require a bit more effort to work with, as I'm sure you know.... but yes, Freeship and Michlet do make a good pair.
     
  6. Leo Lazauskas
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    What sort of tables would you prefer, Matt? I've got dozens of hydro codes with dozens of output variations depending on what I am researching. I might be able to include more output file types in Michlet if people want them.

    Happy New Year!
     
  7. marshmat
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    I very much like Michlet, Leo.... a good, solid and reliable program. As far as the output files go, I've found it just takes some practice and experimenting to pick them apart into something that makes sense in Quattro or Excel. It's just a mater of getting used to what is, for most of us who are used to a pretty GUI, a fairly complex output format. Would be awesome to see more codes of course! Great program, Leo- keep 'em coming.
     
  8. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    Thanks for the kind comments, Matt.

    Michlet outputs many quantities as single column text files (e.g. Speed, Resistance etc) that can be loaded into Excel automatically. After running Michlet, I can switch to an Excel workbook that loads the data and scales it into the form I need for a particular project.

    I have a few other codes in progress but they are not quite ready for public consumption yet as I am modifying their input/output formats to fit in with Free!Ship.

    Cheers,
    Leo.
     

  9. Admin
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