Orca3D News

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Orca3D and Rhino Training in Taiwan at National Cheng Kung University

Orca3D and Rhino training will be offered in Taiwan at National Cheng Kung University, September12-14. The goals of the course include learning how to design different kinds of hulls in high quality, one-surface models, using Orca3D to power your hull design process, and developing a CAD standard for your Rhino template. 

For details, please visit http://tinyurl.com/kzo4ovh, check the syllabus at http://tinyurl.com/n6m4gap, or contact Wang Shih Bou at horumbou@gmail.com.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Orca3D at IBEX 3D Digital Workshop

Orca3D will be on display at IBEX, September 30-October 2 in Tampa, Florida, in Booth #2414. Together with Robert McNeel & Associates and McNeel Miami, we will be hosting the IBEX 3D Digital Workshop,offering live on-going demonstrations on an assortment of 3D printing and scanning technologies that are applicable to the marine industry. It will be staffed by leading experts on these tools who can consult with you on your specific needs and applications. 

This is also your opportunity to meet with experts from each company, ask questions about Orca3D and Rhino, learn about new developments, and make suggestions for new features. We always look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones. Be sure to make plans for Tampa! More information on IBEX is at http://www.ibexshow.com/.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New WIP Release (1.4 WIP 2014-08-05)

We're pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.4 WIP 2014-08-05).

Please note that this release no longer supports Rhinoceros version 4. This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhinoceros version 5.


Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a bug related to the CreaseSplitting flag in Rhino. If this flag is set to Yes, surfaces that are created from curves that have kinks will automatically be split along the crease, creating a polysurface. When set to No, the surface will have a crease. In some Orca3D commands, the flag is temporarily set to No, and then restored to its previous state. In some instances, the previous state was not properly restored.
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 8 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 November 5th. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.4 will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.
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
  • post a question on the Orca3D forum
To download the new version, please visit www.orca3d.com/wip.Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

See Orca3D and MAESTRO at the NAVALIA Shipbuiding Exhibition in Vigo, Spain

Orca3D and MAESTRO will be demonstrated by our resellers NDAR and VeraNavis, at the NAVALIA International Shipbuilding Exhibition, May 20-22. Visit them at stand #B08 for information and a demonstration of the capabilities of the software.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Automating Hull Assistants to Create and Analyze a Parametric Series of Hulls: An Update for Rhino 5

Many of Orca3D’s commands can be scripted, and therefore automated either through RhinoScript or by external programs such as Excel®. We’ve developed an example of automating a Hull Assistant using Visual Basic in Excel. A table of Ship Hull Assistant input parameters for a range of hulls is created by the user in Excel; the Visual Basic macro starts Rhino, then reads the data for each hull, creates the hull using the Hull Assistant, and computes a righting arm curve. Finally, the righting arm curves for all the hulls are plotted together for comparison.


The macro will start Rhino, and it assumes that your units are meters and kilograms. Note that if Rhino doesn't start fast enough, the macro will report an error. If this happens, usually just running the macro again will solve the problem.


If you make changes and improvements to the macro, why not describe them and post your version on the Orca3D Forum so others can learn from your experience?
The macro will only work with Rhino 5. 
Download the version that runs with 32-bit Rhino 5.
Download the version that runs with 64-bit Rhino 5.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Orca3D Training to be offered in Antibes, France

An Orca3D basic/intermediate training course will be held in Antibes (France), May 20-21, 2014. 

NDAR / Design Systems & Technologies™ is the master reseller for Orca3D in Europe, and will present the 2-day Orca3D training for beginner and intermediate users.

The course will cover:
  • Hull assistants
  • Foundations of modelling and fairing techniques
  • Hydrostatic calculations
  • Real-time hydrostatics
  • Lines plan creation
  • Stability with criteria verification
  • Managing heeling moments
  • Longitudinal strength
  • Speed/ power prediction
  • Weight and cost tracking
  • If time allows, topics suggested by participants towards the end of Day 2

Instructor: St├ęphane Dardel, NA.
  
Language: English (French and Italian will be also supported)

Cost: 595€ / day, lunch will be provided

Requirements: Own laptop with Rhino 5 SR8 or higher and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP. If needed, we can arrange a Rhino and/or an Orca3D license for the duration of the course, free of charge. Please contact ndar@ndar.com at least 5 days before the class starts.

More info and registration: ndar@ndar.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New WIP Release (1.4 WIP 2014-04-29)

We're pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.4 WIP 2014-04-29).
Please note that this release no longer supports Rhinoceros version 4. This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhinoceros version 5.

New Features:
  • Added a new hull assistant for creating developable surface models. This assistant takes a new approach to the developable surface problem and is based on a composition of conic and cylindrical surface patches that is guaranteed to form a mathematically developable surface model. See the Orca3D Help File for a detailed discussion of the new developable surface functionality.

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a bug in the Orca tree view which had caused a crash in Rhino 5.
  • Fixed some error condition message handling in Orca3D hydrostatics.
  • Addressed a units and persistence issue related to overriding the initial plane height for free float hydrostatics in the Orca3D design condition.
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 7 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 August 5th. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.4 will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.
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
  • post a question on the Orca3D forum
To download the new version, please visit www.orca3d.com/wip.Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from you!