Work-in-Progress

 

 

Similar to Rhino, major version updates of Orca3D begin with a series of work-in-progress (WIP) releases to allow our users and non-users to participate in the development process by providing feedback to our development team.

 

Important notes on the Version 3 WIP:

  • This version of the WIP (3.0.16) will expire on March 3rd. 
  • Version 3 runs in Rhino 7 (SR34 or later is required) or Rhino 8 (SR4 or later is required).
  • To run in Rhino 8, right-click on the Rhino 8 desktop icon, select Properties, and add /netfx at the end of the target so that it reads "C:\Program Files\Rhino 8\System\Rhino.exe" /netfx and then always start Rhino using this icon (don't double-click a .3dm file)
  • Version 3 will not run in Rhino 6 or earlier. 
  • Orca3D Version 3 and Version 2 can both be installed on your computer, but Rhino can only load one version at a time. You may uninstall Version 2 or, to use both versions on the same computer, see the instructions that are linked below. Version 2 will not recognize Orca3D data saved with Version 3 (e.g., section locations, etc.).
  • When Version 3 is released, it will be a paid upgrade. The Advanced Stability module is purchased separately, and is not an upgrade to Level 1 or Level 2. 
  • Orca3D Version 3 uses a different license key than Version 2. The first time Version 3 is loaded you will be able to activate a trial license, which can be extended by request beyond the 15-day default period during the WIP process. 

 

For Orca3D V3, the packaging of functionality has changed. In prior versions of Orca3D, the user could purchase Level 1 and Level 2, the latter adding to the Level 1 functionality. The "Level 1" and "Level 2" terminology will not be used in Version 3. Rather, four modules are available and may be purchased in any combination:

  • DESIGN: Includes the Hull Design & Fairing, and Basic Hydrostatics & Stability features. This is equivalent to the previous Level 1.
  • ANALYSIS: Includes the Speed/Power feature, the CFD interface, and the Weight & Cost feature. This is equivalent to the previous Level 2, except that it does not include the Level 1 functionality and is priced accordingly. The previous Level 2 is equivalent to the Design and Analysis modules together. The ANALYSIS module is not dependent on the DESIGN module so it may be purchased without the DESIGN module.
  • ADVANCED STABILITY: Includes compartmentation and tank modeling, fluid and solid loads, unlimited load cases, free surface effects, intact and damaged stability with stability criteria evaluation, and tank tables. This is a major new module and is not an update/upgrade from Version 1/Version 2.
  • ORCA3D MARINE CFD: Includes a special version of the SimericsMP CFD software purchased from Orca3D, LLC. Requires the ANALYSIS module as a prerequisite.

     

    Highlights of Orca3D Version 3 include:

    • New optional Advanced Stability Module, including compartment and tank definition, fixed and fluid loads, multiple load cases, free surface effects, intact and damaged stability, tank tables, compartment/tank area & volume reports, and stability criteria evaluation. This is a significant upgrade in the capabilities of Orca3D and it is an optional module beyond the Level 1 and Level 2 modules that Orca3D has had in the past. See the Advanced Hydrostatics & Stability page for more information.
    • New Wake Survey analysis and reporting function for Orca3D Marine CFD
    • New Propeller and Cavitation Analysis setup function for Orca3D Marine CFD (requires the Premium version)
    • Unlimited number of conditions (Fixed Load Cases) may be saved for Basic Hydrostatics (replacing the single Design condition)
    • Floodable Length calculation
    • Multiple sets of Section definitions, to be used for hull design and fairing, hydrostatics, or lines drawings and offset tables
    • Grasshopper components for Hull Assistants, Basic Hydrostatics & Stability, Planing Hull Resistance, and Displacement Hull Resistance
    • Weight Reports may now be grouped by Material
    • Stock Material Library now has Export and Merge functions, and the user may specify the location of the Library xml file
    • Added flexibility in selection of surface(s) for Planing and Displacement Resistance prediction, as well as the Load Case to be used
    • Addition of van Oortmerssen resistance method
    • Improved analysis reporting throughout
    • Rhino 8 compatibility. Version 3 is compatible with Rhino 7 and 8, but not earlier versions of Rhino (Version 2 is compatible with Rhino 6 and 7, but not 8)
    • More licensing flexibility including the option of either a Perpetual license (as in the past) or an Annual license, as well as the ability to have different numbers of each module on a network license
      • Annual licenses are entitled to technical support, all minor updates (e.g., version 3.x to 3.y), and all major upgrades (e.g., version 3.x to 4.x) that are released during the license period
      • Perpetual licenses are entitled to technical support and all minor updates (e.g., version 3.x to 3.y). Major upgrades (e.g., version 3.x to 4.x) must be purchased.

     

    Upgrades for Orca3D Version 1 and 2 Commercial Licenses

    • Licenses of Orca3D Version 1 and 2 were perpetual.
    • Version 1 and 2 users may choose to continue with a Perpetual license when upgrading to Version 3, or may choose to convert to an Annual license for the Design and Analysis modules.
    • The Advanced Stability module may be added with either an Annual or Perpetual license.
    • Annual licenses are entitled to technical support, all minor updates (e.g., version 3.x to 3.y), and all major upgrades (e.g., version 3.x to 4.x) that are released during the license period
    • Perpetual licenses are entitled to technical support and all minor updates (e.g., version 3.x to 3.y). Future major upgrades (e.g., version 3.x to 4.x) must be purchased.

    Module

    Upgrade from Version 1 or Version 2

    Annual

    Perpetual

    Upgrade Level 1 to Design module

    $250 for first year, $500/year thereafter

    $750

    Upgrade Level 2 to Design and Analysis modules

    $500 for first year, $1000/year thereafter

    $1500

    Add Advanced Stability

    $3500/year

    $10,500

    Prices are in US$; for Network licenses add 25%

     

     

    Upgrades for Educational Licenses

    • Educational licenses (Version 1 and Version 2) are not upgradeable to V3 Educational licenses. Users who still qualify for educational pricing may purchase a new Annual Educational license for Version 3.
    • Those who no longer qualify for educational pricing may upgrade to an Annual or Perpetual commercial license at the Commercial Upgrade price.

     

     

    New Licenses: 

    Module

    New Commercial Licenses

    Annual

    Perpetual

    Design

    Hull Design & Fairing, and Basic Hydrostatics & Stability

    $500

    $1500

    Analysis

    Speed/Power, Orca3D Marine CFD interface, and Weight & Cost

    $500

    $1500

    Advanced Stability

    Compartmentation and tank modeling, fluid and solid loads, unlimited load cases, free surface effects, intact and damaged stability with stability criteria evaluation, and tank tables.

    $3500

    $10,500

    Prices are in US$; for Network licenses add 25%

     

    Module

    New Educational Licenses

    Annual

    Design & Analysis

    (Individual Student, Standalone only)

    $99/year

    Design, Analysis, and Advanced Stability (Individual Student, Standalone only)

    $199/year

    School Lab License (30-user Network License for Design, Analysis, and Advanced Stability)

    $975/year

    Prices are in US$

     

     

    Sunset of Version 1 and Version 2

    • Version 1 is no longer available for sale.
    • Technical support for Version 1 will end June 1, 2024.
    • Version 2 will no longer be available for sale after December 31, 2024.
    • Technical support for Version 2 will end December 31, 2025.

     

    Below you will find the links to download the Installation Instructions, the Installation File, and a sample model. The Orca3D Help file includes a tutorial as well as detailed information on the new Advanced Stability module.

     

    Click here to book a free 30-minute private introduction to the Advanced Stability module.

     

    We encourage you to send questions and feedback to support@orca3d.com.