Free or Low Cost Hull Modeling Software? (2012)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Jan 1, 2012.

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

  1. Bearboat

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. BoatExpress

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  3. Carene

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Carlson Design Hull Designer

    3 vote(s)
    5.1%
  5. Free!Ship

    19 vote(s)
    32.2%
  6. Free!Ship Plus

    19 vote(s)
    32.2%
  7. DELFTship free

    25 vote(s)
    42.4%
  8. HullCAO

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. HullForm

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  10. jSDN

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. PolyCAD

    3 vote(s)
    5.1%
  12. Other (please post below)

    5 vote(s)
    8.5%
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  1. Admin
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  2. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    I sometimes use the free versions of Delftship and FreeShip, but I have many special routines so that they can communicate (via plain text files) with other programs such as Michlet, Flotilla, SWPE and SMP.
     
  3. Boston

    Boston Previous Member

    is there a free program for a MAC. cause thats pretty much whats preventing me from doing computer renderings, rather than these sketches.

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    I'd love to do a 3D model and be able to spin it around and see it from different angles
     
  4. Boston

    Boston Previous Member

    nothing for MAC eh
     
  5. LP
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    LP Flying Boatman

    I just replaced my laptop with another PC based laptop for that very reason.
     
  6. alanrockwood
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    alanrockwood Senior Member

    Leo, what kind of routines do you use? Are they your own home-brew routines or something that is available on the web somewhere?
     
  7. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    They are home brews at the moment, Alan, but they will eventually find their way into the public domain (if I ever get time to write manuals).

    Delftship produces a very useful Michlet file, but I sometimes need the output in a format that can be read by the US Navy's "Ship Motion Program" (SMP). Trying to get these various codes to communicate seamlessly is a bit tedious.

    All the best,
    Leo.
     
  8. Joe Petrich
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    Boston, try the free WIP (Work In Progress) of Rhino OS X at http://mac.rhino3d.com/. It is free untill they release the final version, and they usually give a decent discount to those who use the WIP.
     
  9. Boston

    Boston Previous Member

    Damn I'm on 10.4-11
    told you it was an old computer, but that was perfect, would have worked perfectly. I think I'm about due for an upgrade anyway so maybe next week when I get paid I'll spring for a new MAC.
     
  10. BPL
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  11. spidennis
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    Boston, I'm kinda in the same boat as you .... my good laptop died and I'm on an older tower running 10.4.11 just like you and that just isn't cutting it any longer!
     
  12. BPL
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    How hard is it to upgrade MAC to the latest OSX?
    Is it harder than upgrading linux when the next version comes out?
     
  13. spidennis
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    spidennis Chief Sawdust Sweeper

    It's pretty easy usually, unless your machine is too old, which seems to be the case for Boston and myself.
     
  14. Izugarrin
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    You have got JSDN modeller for free in MAC version as well, but rendering may not be it´s strongest point. TRy it anyway from here: www.jsdn.es/

    Good luck!
     

  15. spidennis
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    spidennis Chief Sawdust Sweeper

    thanks Izugarrin,
    I downloaded and installed it but it won't run, and I saw nothing about system requirements ....... did you?

    back in the day, you know, when 10.4.11 was the latest greatest , wasn't there software to do any of this? ...... and I was thinking that my 17" mac laptop was pretty slick, before it died. It did photography and photoshop just fine but I wasn't trying to design boat back then either.
     
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