Marine Design Plug-in for Rhino

New WIP Release (1.4 2017-09-15)

By on Sep 15, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.4 WIP 2017-09-15). Please note that this release no longer supports Rhinoceros version 4. This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhinoceros version 5. Enhanced Features: Modified Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation meshing options to allow the user to choose “coarse”, “normal”, or “fine” Simerics meshing. Extended the Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation command so that keyboard input is supported during interactive definition of propeller geometry.  Bug Fixes: Fixed a bug in the Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation analysis command related to defining custom propeller Kt/Kq values. Fixed a bug in the display of Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation face attributes which caused it to be very slow for large meshes. Modified network installation to target “All Users”   As a WIP, there will certainly be feature additions, changes, or removals before the final release, but this is your chance to give us feedback and suggestions. A few important notes to be aware of: This version of the 1.4 WIP will function only with Rhino 5, and not with Rhino 4. You should have Service Release 12 or later. Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP. No change to your License is required. The new version of Orca3D will find your existing License. Portions of the Help file may not be entirely up to date. If you have questions as you install and use the new release, remember that you can: send an email to support@orca3d.com read through the Help file which is available from the Orca3D menu in Rhino, and on our web site here To download the new version, please visit Our Work-in-Progress page. Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from...

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Orca3D Training @NDAR in Antibes, France, 29-31 August 2017

By on Jul 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

A 3-day Orca3D training course will be held in the offices of NDAR on 29-31 August 2017. NDAR is the Master Reseller of Orca3D in Europe, and is a Rhino reseller. The instructor is Stéphane DARDEL, naval architect. The course will be held in English, and other languages will be supported (French, Italian). The course is intended for naval architects and ship and boat designers, with a good knowledge of Rhino3D. The syllabus covers: Rhino v5 user interface and customization Foundations of modelling and fairing  techniques Hull assistant Background bitmap Surface creation and modification Point control Surface analysis Hydrostatic calculations Real-time hydrostatics Stability with criteria verification Course fees are 650€ / day, and lunch will be provided.  Advance payment of the fee is required to confirm registration. We reserve the right to cancel the course if fewer than 2 attendees register. 10% DISCOUNT FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION Register before 29 july 2017 and receive a 10% discount on the course fees. Registration will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and places are limited. Participants should have Rhino3D v5 (latest service pack) and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP installed on their laptops.  In terms of hardware, any modern laptop or netbook will run Rhino5/ Orca3D comfortably in the context of the training course. To register, or for more information or logistics questions, please contact...

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New Orca3D Release: Version 1.3.5

By on Jul 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We’re pleased to announce the release of Version 1.3.5 of Orca3D. This version has been through a number of Work-in-Progress (WIP) releases, allowing us to incorporate feedback and suggestions from many of our users. We appreciate all of the comments that we received during this process. Some important points to know about Version 1.3.5: This is a free update to all of our licensed Orca3D users and, as a full release, will not expire. Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file that is saved with this new version will NOT be readable in version 1.2.4 or earlier versions. No native Rhino model information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations, weight/cost information, etc. will not be found by earlier versions of Orca3D. Since this is a free update for licensed users, we recommend that version 1.3.5 be used to avoid this issue. This is expected to be the last version of Orca3D that is compatible with Rhino 4. All future updates, WIPs, and upgrades will require Rhino 5. Rhino requirements: Rhino 5 64-bit SR 12 or higher; or Rhino 5 32-bit SR 12 or higher; or Rhino 4 SR 9 or higher. In the event that a critical bug or other significant issue is discovered in version 1.3.5, there may be a 1.3 Service Release that is compatible with Rhino 4. Some new features which are still in development are not included in Version 1.3.x (Stability Criteria Evaluation, Longitudinal Strength, new Developable Hull Assistant, Marine CFD Interface). A new WIP (1.4) has also been released, which includes Stability Criteria Evaluation, Longitudinal Strength, a new Developable Hull Assistant, Marine CFD Interface and more. Version 1.3.4 includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the standalone and network license versions. Highlights of Version 1.3.5 include: Bug Fixes: Fixed a bug in exporting hydrostatics results to CSV files which occurred when righting arms were not being computed. Fixed a bug in the planing analysis command and implemented additional error handling/reporting resistance prediction commands in general. Fixed a bug in lines drawing when a station spacing other than 1 is specified and the units were still being included in the station label Fixed Orca3D settings form to properly reflect choice of...

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ExpressMarine Structural Modeling Plugin Webinar

By on Jun 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

ExpressMarine is a plug-in for Rhino that enables designers to rapidly build-up parametric 3D models of marine structures. This webinar, to be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m. EDT (15:00 Central European) will demonstrate some basic techniques and then move on to more advanced modeling. ​ ExpressMarine’s main advantage is the dramatic reduction of modeling time, achieved through the integration of 2D drawings and the 3D model in a single, common environment. ​ Weight and center of gravity results become available much earlier in the design tender phase and the model topology allows easy updates throughout all later design stages. ​ It is the ideal pre-processor of the structural model to be further used in other marine design software for detailed engineering, class drawings, weight distribution and tracking, FEM analysis, etc. Register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2575927428522110467?source=Orca3DWebsite Read more about ExpressMarine: https://www.expressmarine3d.com/ View a recording of the previous webinar at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1C34Y_QDXY  (We recommend that you set the YouTube video quality to HD 1080p)...

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Webinar: Orca3D Marine CFD, April 26th

By on Apr 6, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Orca3D and Simerics combine forces to bring CFD analysis to the naval architect’s desktop without requiring specialized CFD knowledge or experience. Learn how Orca3D Marine CFD allows you to quickly and easily perform high fidelity CFD simulations in calm water for displacement, semi-planing, and planing hull forms. The analysis can be carried out for monohulls and multihulls, with or without appendages, and can include any type of hull features (e.g., steps, trim tabs, etc.). Registration is limited, so be sure to register soon....

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New WIP Release (1.4 2017-03-31)

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.4 WIP 2017-03-31). This WIP will expire on October 4th, 2017. Please note that this release no longer supports Rhinoceros version 4. This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhinoceros version 5. Enhanced Features: In the Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation interface: Implemented the ability to create self-propelled Simerics simulations by defining one or more propulsors in the model. Implemented the ability to adjust the surface mesh created by the Rhino mesher for export to Simerics as well as the ability to display mesh faces whose area or aspect ratio are beyond a user-specified value. Implemented the ability to accept closed Rhino mesh geometry as input to the marine simulation command. In addition to allowing users to create the marine simulation from native mesh geometry, this also allows users to create a mesh from a closed polysurface and perform any desired pre-processing on the mesh. Added the ability to select more than one closed body for the marine simulation. This allows users modeling catamarans to avoid having to model the connecting structure as long as it has no significant effect on the simulation. Added the ability to control the mesh density and size of the domain created in the Simerics analysis. Also added logic to estimate the required time step and simulation length. Implemented persistence of all input to the marine simulation Bug Fixes: In the Orca3D Simerics Marine Simulation interface: Fixed several unit-related bugs when operating in non-SI unit systems Fixed bugs related to model orientations other than the default x-longitudinal, z-vertical orientation Fixed a bug in which the Rhino surface mesh of a closed polysurface was not necessarily a closed mesh.   As a WIP, there will certainly be feature additions, changes, or removals before the final release, but this is your chance to give us feedback and suggestions. A few important notes to be aware of: This version of the 1.4 WIP will function only with Rhino 5, and not with Rhino 4. You should have Service Release 12 or later. Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this...

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Rhino and Orca3D Training Course @ NDAR in Antibes, France, 18-20 April 2017

By on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

A 3-day Rhino3D + Orca3D training course will be held in the offices of NDAR on 18-20 April 2017. NDAR is the Master Reseller of Orca3D in Europe, and is a Rhino reseller. The instructor is Stéphane DARDEL, naval architect. The course will be held in English, and other languages will be supported (French, Italian). The course is intended for naval architects and ship and boat designers, with a good knowledge of Rhino3D. The syllabus covers: Rhino v5 user interface and customization Foundations of modelling and fairing  techniques Hull assistant Background bitmap Surface creation and modification Point control Surface analysis Hydrostatic calculations Real-time hydrostatics Stability with criteria verification Course fees are 650€ / day, and lunch will be provided.  Advance payment of the fee is required to confirm registration. We reserve the right to cancel the course if fewer than 2 attendees register. 10% DISCOUNT FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION Register before 20 March 2016 and receive a 10% discount on the course fees. Registration will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and places are limited. Participants should have Rhino3D v5 (latest service pack) and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP installed on their laptops.  In terms of hardware, any modern laptop or netbook will run Rhino5/ Orca3D comfortably in the context of the training course. To register, or for more information or logistics questions, please contact...

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Orca3D Partners with Simerics, Inc. to Announce Orca3D CFD-Based Marine Simulation Software

By on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Orca3D Marine Simulation enables Orca3D users to simulate the performance of marine vehicles using CFD BELLEVUE, January 5 2017 – As the Marine Design industry grows, Orca3D and Simerics have combined Marine 3D modeling software with Marine CFD simulation software into one solution, Orca3D Marine Simulation, available today. This allows Orca3D users to easily use CFD software to improve hull design, propeller design, and study phenomena such as the porpoising of planing hulls. Orca3D Marine Simulation provides accurate CFD simulations of a vessel’s performance without the need to become a specialized CFD analyst. By working together, Simerics, Inc. and Orca3D have enabled users to significantly reduce the time and the cost to perform CFD simulation for marine vehicle performance prediction and analysis. “Our collaboration with Orca3D has enabled the delivery of comprehensive and validated CFD functionality to end users at half the price of today’s Marine CFD software,” said Rich Moore, Vice President Business Development, Simerics, Inc. “With Orca3D we are bringing an entirely streamlined workflow to Marine CFD using templates with both marine domain and CFD domain in one affordable solution.” “We have added an easy-to-use interface function in Orca3D to prepare the model for analysis in Simerics’ CFD application. This, combined with their powerful templates, provides a simple, yet powerful tool to address difficult marine CFD design questions,” said Bruce Hays, Director of Orca3D development.   About Simerics, Inc. Simerics is headquartered in Bellevue, WA and is a leading supplier of CFD simulation software to several vertical industries.  In addition to Marine, Simerics has vertical solutions in Auto; Aerospace; Pumps; Valves; Compressors; Heat Exchangers; and Electronics.  For more information please visit http://www.simerics.com/ Contact Bruce Hays sales@orca3d.com 410.604.8011 Rich Moore rich.moore@simerics.com...

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Orca3D & Rhino training to be held at NDAR in Antibes, France, 24-26 January 2017

By on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

A 3-day Rhino3D + Orca3D training course will be held at NDAR in Antibes, France on 24-26 January 2017. The instructor is Stéphane DARDEL, naval architect. The course will be held in English, and other languages will be supported (French, Italian). The course is intended for naval architects and ship and boat designers, with a good knowledge of Rhino3D. The training will cover: Rhino v5 user interface and customization Foundations of modelling and fairing techniques Hull assistants Background bitmaps Surface creation and modification Point control Surface analysis Hydrostatic calculations Real-time hydrostatics Stability with criteria verification Course fees are 650€/day, and lunch will be provided. Advance payment of the fee is required to confirm registration. A minimum of 2 registered attendees is requested to maintain the course. Registration will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and places are limited. Participants should have Rhino3D v5 (latest service release) and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP installed on their laptops. In terms of hardware, any modern laptop or netbook will run Rhino5/Orca3D comfortably in the context of the training course. For more information or logistics questions, please contact ndar@ndar.com. Looking forward to seeing you at the course, Stéphane DARDEL NDAR Design Systems & Technologies ™ 150 rue de Goa, 06600 Antibes, France tel +33-4-9291 1324 / fax +33-4-9291 1338 ndar@ndar.com /...

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New WIP Release (1.4 2016-10-28)

By on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.4 WIP 2016-10-28). This WIP will expire on April 1st, 2017. Please note that this release no longer supports Rhinoceros version 4. This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhinoceros version 5. New Features: A new command was developed to interface Orca3D with the Simerics Multi-Physics (SimericsMP) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis tool. The command, OrcaSimericsAnalysis, has the ability to use the Design Condition or any user defined loading condition to compute the model’s hydrostatics and world placement. The hull model must be a closed, solid body, and the user must attribute the Faces of the model as belonging to the Deck, Hull, or Transom. The command exports the model as custom STL files, and then creates the SimericsMP simulation files based on a Simerics Template and the analysis type (displacement or planing) for each speed to be analyzed. Finally, the command allows the user to launch SimericsMP with a selected simulation file. SimericsMP will open the simulation file and will automatically generate surface meshes and volume grids that are suitable for the requested simulation. Enhanced Features: Split the developable hull assistant extension curve into unique forward and aft controls. Bug Fixes: Fixed multiple bugs causing instability in the developable hull assistant. Improved handling of non-developable input data. As a WIP, there will certainly be feature additions, changes, or removals before the final release, but this is your chance to give us feedback and suggestions. A few important notes to be aware of: This version of the 1.4 WIP will function only with Rhino 5, and not with Rhino 4. You should have Service Release 10 or later. Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP. No change to your License is required. The new version of Orca3D will find your existing License. Portions of the Help file may not be entirely up to date. This WIP will expire on March 1st, 2017. Either a new version of Orca3D will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released. If you have questions as you install and use...

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