Orca3D News


Friday, December 2, 2011

Orca3D website maintenance December 5th

Our website, www.orca3d.com, will be down temporarily for maintenance sometime on December 5th. The downtime will last no longer than one hour. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The purpose of the maintenance is to improve performance.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New WIP Release Available (version 1.2.1)

We're pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D. This new version (1.2.1) contains a number of new features, feature improvements, and bug fixes. Some highlights include:
  • OrcaStraightenPoints: Added a new command to place control points (or point objects) in a straight line in 3D, or in the 2D projection of a line.
  • Lines Drawing: Sections in the lines drawing are put on layers that mimic the Orca3D section layers in the model.
  • Lines Drawing Fixes: Addressed issue with diagonals being offset when the full hull was sectioned, addressed issue with scaling when the full hull was sectioned, all lines are now drawn on the same plane.
  • Stability Criteria Fixes: Calculation of Hybrid Ratio corrected, calculation of areas under curves corrected, corrected calculation of heavy lifting and icing heeling arms.
  • Resistance Prediction Fixes: Added total propulsive power output (PpTotal) to CSV export of planing hull and displacement hull analyses.
  • Lightweight Extrusion Objects: Fixed a bug in copying weight/cost data when copying lightweight extrusion objects in Rhino 5. 
As a WIP, there may still 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:
  • Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP.
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file that is saved with this new version will NOT be backwards compatible to version 1.1.0 or earlier versions. No Rhino information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations, weight/cost information, etc. will not be found by earlier versions of Orca3D.
  • 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 January 31st. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.2 will be released before then, or a new WIP will 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:
  • click here for the 32-bit version (Rhino 4 SR9 or later, or Rhino 5 (32-bit))
  • click here for the 64-bit version (Rhino 5 64-bit)
Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, November 14, 2011

See Orca3D at METS in Amsterdam

If you're visiting the METS in Amsterdam this week, stop by to see Nick Danese of NDAR for a demonstration of Orca3D. NDAR is in the SuperYacht Pavilion, booth 10-501A.

The hours for METS are:
     Tuesday, November 15 10.00 - 18.00 hours
     Wednesday, November 16 10.00 - 18.00 hours
     Thursday, November 17 10.00 - 17.00 hours

Complete information on METS is at http://www.metstrade.com/nl/en/Pages/default.aspx

Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne, November 21-25

RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia will host a sailing influenced performance-based design workshop / symposium,  titled Designing the Dynamic.

The conference will bring together built environment designers with specialists from mathematics, engineering, material science, computer science and immerse them in the extreme dynamic context of sailing boat design.

For more information, see http://designingthedynamic.com/

Friday, October 21, 2011

New book (in Turkish) on Marine Design with Rhino and Orca3D

RhinoAkademie has announced a new book on marine design using Rhino and Orca3D. They also offer courses on the same subject.
"Marine vehicle design, has a long tradition that is organized around the concept of lofting and layout. For many years this tradition has been applied by loftsman with descriptive geometry and its algorithmic application. These concepts gained new contents with developments of CAD. As a result of all these explanation this book is a reinterpretation of traditional seacraft building with Rhinoceros and Orca3D. In the book the balance between theory and practice was considered. All applications are supported with explanations. The content of the book instructs the user from pre-design to detailed design.The book consists of 19 chapters and totally 675 pages.  in the book platform design, ABCD strategy, planning approach, geometrical lines, descriptive geometry of seacraft design , the fundementals and methods of seacraft design issues are mainly located."
Click here for more information (in Turkish).

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Work-in-Progress (WIP) Available

We're pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D. This new version (1.2.0) contains a number of new features, feature improvements, and bug fixes. Some highlights include: 
  • Support for floating network licenses
  • Support for Rhino 5, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions
  • Automated evaluation of intact stability criteria (it's likely that this feature will not be in the final release, but will continue in WIP releases until it is finished)
  • Real-time sectional area curves, as the model is being modified, including the ability to input and display a "target" sectional area curve
  • New command to align selected points (including surface/curve control points) along a straight line in two or three dimensions
  • Tools to insert and delete control net rows and columns, without removing chines (which the Rhino command does)
  • A new hull assistant for rigid inflatable boats (RIBs)
  • Export of ORC offset files
  • Ability to enable/disable individual weight/cost items, which affects the weight/cg used in hydrostatics calculations, and the list of items included in the weight/cost report
  • A "pre-float" check to do basic validation of the model prior to running hydrostatics. This catches the most common sources of error (e.g., inconsistent outward normals)
  • Ability to create custom report formats, using Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 Report Builder (a free download)
  • General improvements to the hull assistants (input controls, user-defined sections, display of the control net, etc.)
  • Added option to output the Resistance Analysis (planing or displacement) in csv format
  • Support for blocks in Weight & Cost
  • Weight & Cost Material Libraries may now be imported and exported in csv format
  • Weight & Cost Report may now include grouping (by Rhino groups or by layers)
  • Improved OrcaViewports functionality

As a WIP, there may still 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:  
  • Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP.
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file that is saved with this new version will NOT be backwards compatible to version 1.1.0 or earlier versions. No Rhino information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations, weight/cost information, etc. will not be found by earlier versions of Orca3D.
  • 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 30th. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.2 will be released before then, or a new WIP will 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:  
  • click here for the 32-bit version (Rhino 4 SR9 or later, or Rhino 5 (32-bit))
  • click here for the 64-bit version (Rhino 5 64-bit)

Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Orca3D Training and Workshop at IBEX are coming up soon!

IBEX starts two weeks from today in Louisville, Kentucky. If you haven't already done so, be sure to sign up for the Rhino/Orca3D exhibitor workshop on Tuesday, October 18th at 1:00, entitled "Rhino and Orca3D: What's New in 3D Modeling," which will be presented by Justin Freimuth and Brian James.

You’re also invited to attend an Orca3D training course in conjunction with IBEX 2011, being held during the first two days of the exhibition (October 17 - 18). This Orca3D training class will be spread over two half-day sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings to allow you to attend the IBEX show in the afternoon. It will cover hull design and fairing, hydrostatics and stability, resistance prediction, and weight and cost tracking. This course assumes that attendees are proficient in Rhino. The cost of the course is $250/student. A limited number of seats are available.

Click here to register through the IBEX website. The training course registration can be found on the Special Events & Workshops page, after the pre-conference and seminars registration pages.

If you have any questions, please contact us at support@orca3d.com. If you can't make the workshop or training, please stop by our booth (#2118) to talk Orca3D or Rhino.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Rhino User Group in the Washington, D.C. Area

We were recently contacted by Andrew Cocke, a lecturer at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is founding a new Rhino User group, focused on users in many industries, including naval architecture, with the idea that users in one industry can learn from others.

Friends, colleagues, students:

I am pleased to announce the founding of RhinoDC, a user group for advanced Rhino users across the full spectrum of disciplines and industries served by McNeel's Rhinoceros3D software. To be successful, the group should have the broadest possible audience: architects, naval architects, fabricators, jewelers, shoe designers, and anyone else interested honing their Rhino skills and otherwise improving the state of design in Washington. So I am writing to enlist your help: I am calling on you to spread the word to your friends and colleagues about the group and encourage them to join us.

A little background: RhinoDC will be the first and ONLY Rhino user group in the United States. There are groups in the UK, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, France Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands and Chile, but none here in the US. Washington may not have the design culture of New York or Los Angeles, but we are lucky to be at the nexus of industries that all use Rhino. My hope is that RhinoDC will be a place where we can all learn new techniques--from one another, from other disciplines, and directly from the programmers who are daily making Rhino and its various plugins the most interesting software in our toolbox.

I am contacting you all to invite you to the inaugural meeting of RhinoDC at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in the Locraft room at the Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning. Contact me for parking information, or you can take the Red Line to Brookland station. At this meeting we will discuss structure, logistics, schedule, and plan a presentation for our first regular meeting in September. The group will then meet at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month thereafter: September, November, January, March, May, July, etc.

I also need your help contacting Rhino users at other firms. The architecture community should be well represented, but we hope that naval architects will attend as well. If you know advanced users at these firms or any other users who you think would take an active role in leading the group, by all means please invite them to join us on July 14. For administrative purposes I have set up a group on LinkedIn called RhinoDC, a subgroup within the Rhino User Group. Please join both so that I can get you on the mailing list.

I look forward to seeing you all on July 14.

best,
Andrew Cocke

Monday, June 27, 2011

Orca3D Training at IBEX

You’re invited to attend an Orca3D training course in conjunction with IBEX 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky October 17 - 18. This Orca3D training class will be spread over two half-day sessions on Monday (10/17) and Tuesday (10/18) mornings to allow you to attend the IBEX show in the afternoon. It will cover hull design and fairing, hydrostatics and stability, resistance prediction, and weight and cost tracking. This course assumes that attendees are proficient in Rhino.

The cost of the course is $250/student. A limited number of seats are available.

Click here to register through the IBEX website. The training course registration can be found on the Special Events & Workshops page, after the pre-conference and seminars registration pages.

If you have any questions, please contact us at support@orca3d.com. If you can't make the training, please stop by our booth (#2118) to talk Orca3D or Rhino. And don't forget our exhibitor workshop  "Rhino and Orca3D: What's New in 3D Modeling," which will be presented on Tuesday, October 18th, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., by Brian James and Justin Freimuth.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Have you seen the new Orca3D website?

We recently updated the Orca3D website, with an entirely new look and feel. Highlights include a simpler menu system to make it easier to find the information you're looking for, easy access to recent Orca3D and Rhino blog entries, and the ability to request and receive a link to download Orca3D, even if you've done so in the past.

Please take a few minutes to browse the site, and let us know what you think. Comments/suggestions can be sent to sales@orca3d.com.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

See Orca3D at Seawork 2011 in Southampton

NDAR, the European Master Reseller for Orca3D, will exhibit Orca3D in stand B183 at Seawork 2011, June 14-16 in Southampton, UK. In addition to Orca3D, they'll display complementary software including Rhino, T-Splines, RhinoParametrics, and more. This is an opportunity for you to see a live demonstration of these packages, ask questions, and make feature requests.

Seawork is the largest commercial marine and workboat event in Europe, with over 450 exhibitors and 7000 visitors from all over the world. In addition to the exhibits, you'll see in-water vessels, demonstrations, and a conference program. To get more information on Seawork 2011, go to www.seawork.com. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

IBEX 2011 Exhibitor Workshop

Every year a number of Seminars and Exhibitor Workshops are held in conjunction with IBEX. Again this year, Rhino and Orca3D have been chosen as the subject of one of the Workshops. "Rhino and Orca3D: What's New in 3D Modeling" will be presented on Tuesday, October 18th, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., by Brian James and Justin Freimuth. Come and meet the developers and see the new features in the latest releases of Rhino and Orca3D.

The Seminars and Exhibitor Workshops are great opportunities to learn about new technologies while you're at IBEX, and the Exhibitor Workshops are free. Registration is required, and they do fill up, so be sure to register soon at http://www.ibexshow.com/attendee-registration.php.

When you're done attending the Workshop, come and visit us in booth #2118 for a personal demonstration of the software, or to ask questions and give feedback.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

See Orca3D at the SNAME Annual Meeting in Houston


Orca3D will be on display at the SNAME Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston, November 16-18. DRS Defense Solutions, Advanced Marine Technology Center, will be in booth #316. Stop by and meet some of our naval architect/programmers, and see both Orca3D and our structural analysis software MAESTRO. This is a great opportunity to see the software in action, ask questions, and make suggestions for new features. Go to www.sname.org for details. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Foreshortening Views for Fairing

When fairing a hull, it's sometimes helpful to foreshorten the longitudinal scale, to "compress" the model and exaggerate the curvature. This is especially true for vessels with high length-to-beam or length-to-depth ratios.

Rhino 4 has a feature to make this easy, and it's well described on the McNeel Wiki site. Click here to read the instructions.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Orca3D Training Notes

Recently we held a 3-day intermediate Rhino and Orca3D training class in our office, with nine attendees coming from a range of backgrounds. The third day was devoted to Orca3D, and turned out to be a very busy day!



We're making the Training Notes and associated example files available for download. They're written for use in a classroom with an instructor, but you may find some of the exercises and examples to be helpful as you learn more about Orca3D.

The files are all contained in this 20 MB zip file: Download Orca3D Training Files

Friday, March 11, 2011

Orca3D at IBEX 2011: Booth 2118

Orca3D will be on display again at IBEX, October 17-19 in Louisville, Kentucky, in Booth #2118. As always, we'll be together with Robert McNeel & Associates, the developers of Rhino. This is your opportunity to meet with developers and experts from each company, ask questions, 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 Louisville in October! More information on IBEX is at http://www.ibexshow.com/.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Orca3D and Rhino Combined Training Course

You're invited to attend a combined Rhino and Orca3D training course to be held in the Washington, D.C area April 5-7. The first two days will cover Rhino at an intermediate level, with focus on building surfaces from existing data, and it is assumed that the student has a basic working knowledge of Rhino. The third day will focus on Orca3D, covering hull design and fairing, hydrostatics and stability, resistance prediction, and weight and cost tracking.


The cost of the course is $750/student. A limited number of seats are available.

The Rhino course description is here (pdf), and the Orca3D course description is here (pdf).

Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

See Orca3D at the Seatec International Exhibition in Carrara, Italy


Orca3D will be presented by our reseller NDAR in booth D-857 at the Seatec International Exhibition in Carrara, Italy, February 16-18. This is an opportunity to learn about all of the functionality of Orca3D, as well as Rhino and other plug-ins such as T-Splines, RhinoPhoto, and RhinoParametrics.

Contact NDAR for more details, and see the Seatec site for information on visiting the exhibition.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Orca3D at the IV Cross-border Business Fair in Police, Poland


Bardins Sp. z o.o. will be presenting Orca3D, Rhino, and a number of other Rhino plug-ins at the IV Cross-border Business Fair in Police, Poland, February 19-20. See them at:

Bardins booth, Hala OSiR, Police



19 – 20 February 2011, from 11.00 to 18.00


They will present the latest news and products from their industry partners. This is a unique opportunity to see most of the products that they offer and talk with their staff. Demonstrations, videos and much more will be available.