Best Marine Design Software for Hull Modeling? (2010)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Jan 20, 2010.

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Which program(s) do you use as your primary hull design software?

  1. Autoship

    14 vote(s)
    7.8%
  2. Catia

    5 vote(s)
    2.8%
  3. DefCar

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  4. Delftship

    28 vote(s)
    15.6%
  5. Fastship

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  6. Freeship

    25 vote(s)
    14.0%
  7. HullCAO

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  8. Hull Form

    18 vote(s)
    10.1%
  9. Maxsurf

    51 vote(s)
    28.5%
  10. MultiSurf

    5 vote(s)
    2.8%
  11. Naval Designer

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  12. Napa

    9 vote(s)
    5.0%
  13. NX

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  14. Prolines

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  15. ProSurf

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  16. SolidWorks

    16 vote(s)
    8.9%
  17. Rhino

    51 vote(s)
    28.5%
  18. SeaSolution

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  19. TouchCAD

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  20. Other (please post below)

    7 vote(s)
    3.9%
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  1. lewisboats
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    lewisboats Obsessed Member

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    You will need some kind of .pdf reader and it is best if you save a copy on your harddrive.
     
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  2. Damian888
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    Damian888 Damian888

    Thank you, I will definitely look at this, this is exactly the answer I was hoping for.
     
  3. pistnbroke
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    pistnbroke I try

    when you have your boat on carene then save as an XYZ file and import into freeship ...not Delftship as only in freeship can you develop plates ( tools icon ) and print them out with all the measurements on them ... Uk no good for a 18ft speedboat ..north sea rough ..weather cold
     
  4. Damian888
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    Damian888 Damian888

    Thanks, that helps, I got carene and Delftship, I was not aware of the advantages of freeship... On the other hand, I think the Canadian Great Lakes are ideal for a 18ft speedboat, (in the summer).
     
  5. pistnbroke
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    pistnbroke I try

    only the free delftship has limitations
     
  6. Andrew K
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    Andrew K New Member

    AutoCAD

    Hello. Actually, I'm beginner in marine design. I would like to know. What are the main points/reasons when designer use AutoCAD, after working in 3D software such as Maxsurf or AutoShip.
    Thanks
     
  7. The Loftsman
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    The Loftsman The Loftsman

    Some of the stuff on this thread is amazing to say the least, is it a competition or can the software do what it is you need it to do, or more to the point do you know what it is you really require from the software?

    The Loftsman
     
  8. HakimKlunker
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    HakimKlunker Andreas der Juengere

    No matter which software: It is only as good as the man who operates it :) Oops: woman?
     
  9. Trent308
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    Trent308 New Member

    AutoCAD??

    I have seen it mentioned a couple times but no responses to the question? Is there a fundemental reason why its not even on the list? I am assuming its the price. But - just beginning to dabble in boat design (personal fantasy) and have used AutoCAD for years.... Cant get it to "Shell" my 3D solid / hull for the life of me... many approaches I wont list here but nothing seems to be working... Inventor same results (both Autodesk products- vastly different tho). My conclusion is there is something fundementally missing in AutoCAD these contestants may have? Thoughts??? How is SolidWorks???
     
  10. HakimKlunker
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    HakimKlunker Andreas der Juengere

    Hi Trent:
    I also had AutoCAD and similar troubles.
    When I was recommended Rhino, I found a tool that was just the right thing for me. It was very easy to learn to operate it. And looking into the statistics above, I seem to be no exception.
    Meanwhile finished a couple of projects drawn with rhino and - guess what - they all float correctly ;)
     
  11. santoo
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    santoo Junior Member

    I think i just need Rhino and Maxsurf only to make a boat design..??
     
  12. zeroname
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    zeroname Naval Architect

    @santoo:
    it depends on what type of work you intend to do. A single software will not offer you the complete solution making boat design. Maxsurf and rhino are popular. But it doesn't necessarily mean that those will suits for you too !
    Free!ship as its free , much popular one too.
    So, try to know your work and then get the right software , which one you feel easy and effective for you !
    and i think , better if u start with Rhino first.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  13. khabiran
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    khabiran Junior Member

    sure maxsurf is suitblae for every type of vessel
     
  14. wardd
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    wardd Senior Member

    Out of curiosity how much does maxsurf cost?
     

  15. zeroname
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    zeroname Naval Architect

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