Learning the ropes of boat design software

Discussion in 'Software' started by dishsail, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. dishsail
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    dishsail Junior Member

    Hello,

    I am new to boat design and have been doing a lot of reading. I have a heavy background in CAD with AutoCAD and Pro/E. I would like to learn how to use different CAD software. I don't know if anyone has any suggestions about how I go about doing this. I learn best by reading and then hands on. I do not have any boat designs myself I am just learning the ropes.

    Thanks,
    Joseph
     
  2. Jeff
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    Jeff Moderator

    My advice would be to download several of the demos to see what's right for you and start by reading & following along with the tutorials in the manual or on the web site for each. I really like the fact that the standard for marine design software is to have a demo available so people can try them out first hand.

    For example, for ProSurf there are these nice intros:
    http://www.newavesys.com/tutorial.htm

    For Rhino there are these
    http://www.rhino3d.com/tutorials.htm
    (but unfortunately the training guides are only for registered users, not for those working with the demo, but the cadence ones are free and there are a number of others on the web also - for example the user tutorials lower down the page are free, and there are some nice ones like http://www.suurland.com/gallery_stills_newbeetle.htm which although not marine related are very nicely done - I'm not sure when Cliff will have a revised marine tutorial cd and I've not seen one of his tutorials or anyone who has used one, but people speak very highly of Cliff in general so I would expect good things.)


    For Autoship, the Users Manual is a good way to get started:
    http://www.na.chalmers.se/~sw/MMA135/autoship.html
    or
    http://www.na.chalmers.se/~niklasw/uGrad/autoshipmanuals/ship.pdf
    (I think this is on the www.autoship.com web site somewhere as well, but I couldn't find it tonight).

    Also when you download the demos you get a number of example designs which you can work with a little to get a better feel for the programs
     
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