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Where do I begin, I'm on a Mac [message #37442] Thu, 27 October 2011 10:36 UTC Go to next message
avatar Peteschug  is currently offline Peteschug
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I was planning to make a very small sailboat and I found this place. Now I want to make a hull form, possibly to use as a mold for a fiberglass hull.

Does anyone have advice on the least expensive software I can use on a Mac?

I have Boot Camp on one of my Macs but I really don't like the Windows environment and only use it for flight sims. Not a Mac snob, but I'd rather not get software that I can only use on one of my older Macs running a bare bones version of windows 7.

Pete
Re: Where do I begin, I'm on a Mac [message #37445 is a reply to message #37442 ] Thu, 27 October 2011 11:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar duann  is currently offline duann
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Hey Pete,

Rhino is free for OSX 10.6 or later http://mac.rhino3d.com/

Easier software to learn may be Google SketchUp

Or you could try Tinkercad which is WebGL based but you may have troubles getting a Hull like form.
http://tinkercad.com/

If you want to go open source there is also Blender
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

Good luck



Duann Scott, Designer Evangelist, Shapeways
Re: Where do I begin, I'm on a Mac [message #37452 is a reply to message #37445 ] Thu, 27 October 2011 12:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Peteschug  is currently offline Peteschug
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Thanks Duann,

I'll probably download Rhino and Sketchup later today.

I like building things and I like the idea of building something on a computer. No waste and you never run out of something you need. (except sleep)

Pete
Re: Where do I begin, I'm on a Mac [message #37585 is a reply to message #37452 ] Sat, 29 October 2011 02:37 UTC Go to previous message
avatar erckgillis  is currently offline erckgillis
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Wow impressive! For large hull parts you may consider CNC in wood or foam then you can glass or carbon resin the forms to the hull plates.

See some examples here: http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/materials/


Welcome and show us some progress, very good modelers on here with 3D and CAD/CAM or CNC experience!

I have not ventured off my PC back to my Mac for 3D yet...maybe soon?
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