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May 6, 2020 at 14:12 #43778
HI everyone I would like to export my 3D delfthsip model into Solidworks in order to do :
1 Create a friendly user 3d model
2 Extract 2d drawings (sections) from the 3d SolidWorks model
Is there a preferred standard procedure that is typically adopted to perform such design stage.
More in detail is there a preferred format (from the export file format options in DelftShip) that could simplify the work in SolidWorks.
Many Thanks in advance
May 8, 2020 at 08:49 #43781MaartenKeymaster
Disclaimer: We do not work with, or support, SolidWorks. That said- I would think IGES is the file format to try first.
May 11, 2020 at 11:21 #43784
Many thanks for the feedback .
Basically, I am designing a canal boat and I have produced the 3d model and lines plan using DelftShip.
In order to continue the design stage, which free CAD is often used to import Delftship files?
May 20, 2020 at 08:55 #43791MaartenKeymaster
There are not that many free CAD programs around anymore as far as I know, so I fear I can not help you there.
June 23, 2020 at 00:53 #43821iosif grossParticipant
You can export the Lines Plan in .dxf to almost any CAD program, ready 2D drawings.
This topic should be moved from Feature Request
- This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by iosif gross.
June 28, 2020 at 17:58 #43836Peter EdmondsParticipant
I have been moving down the DELFTship to Solidworks path for some years. I am a Naval Architect, and started Solidworks to design a batch of 20 t embedment anchors. I then went on to design single point mooring buoys, in 2 sizes.
I moved over to DELFTship because it offered the IGES output, acceptable to Solidworks. I wasn’t prepared to generate hull shapes within Solidworks – far too cumbersome. Much better to use a dedicated hull package.
So far I have done the transition for 2 designs a 14 ft round bilge rowing/sailing boat (private), and a 15 m fast fishing chine form catamaran (commercial). Both are GRP vessels. I was able to lift hull shapes from pre-existing moulds in both cases. As it turns out, I did not have to generate the hull shape for construction in either case from the DELFTship/Solidworks combination. However, I did need to generate arrangement, structural and other drawings in Solidworks, to the levels required by the projects.
- Generate hull shape in DELFTship.
- Save as IGES file.
- Import IGES file into Solidworks.
- Scale by factor 1000; numbers are m in DELFTship, mm in Solidworks.
- Rotate the IGES surface to get correct orientation – bow to Solidworks right etc.
- Copy elements of the IGES surface into Solidworks surfaces, and onwards to parts, bodies etc, for the hull shell. The IGES surface does not appear as such in the Solidworks model.
- Populate the Solidworks model with decks, framing, and all the other stuff as required.
- Set up drawing sheets and views as required for the project. Suppress/unsuppress parts and bodies as required by the drawing and view. For instance, doors and stairways will appear in the arrangement drawings, but not in the structural drawings. From this stage it is just another Solidworks design project, with the DELFTship contribution just a memory.
Essentially this worked in context. I was a single person designer, so I did not have to deal with shared access to a Solidworks model
For years I had been using Autocad look-alike 2D software, and 3 orthogonal 2d views of the vessel, with selective layer switching for level and function.
June 28, 2020 at 18:37 #43837Peter EdmondsParticipant
I would be very interested to hear how you are going with your canal boat design. I would have no hesitation in embarking on such a project with DS/SW if it were to come my way.
One issue you will be addressing will be parts etc for the steel structure. Have you done anything like a canal boat in Solidworks?
For my mooring buoys I used 1 part = 1 welded panel of plating, and 1 part = group of stiffeners to go with the plating. These made up the fabrication SW subassemblies.
I will welcome your correspondence outside the Forum if you want to pursue this topic.
July 3, 2020 at 10:49 #43842
Hi Peter- Many thanks for the efficient feedback.
I have no experience in modelling hull either with Delftship or Solidworks but I am moving forward very well.
The Delftship model is finished and I have tried to follow your instruction but however I am not able to save the fbm file into an Igs format file .
My Delftship version 12.20 (321)
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