Orca3D News


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!