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How to use Naval Architect?

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🚀 Getting started with the 5min. Tutorial

Watch the quick 5 min. tutorial on the first steps with the Naval Architect Platform.

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  1. Create a project 0:05
  2. Create default 3D view 0:17
  3. Upload hull form 0:27
  4. Create center plane section view 0:41
  5. Create frame table 0:53
  6. Sketch decks and main bulkheads 1:03
  7. Define decks & hulls 2:01
  8. Create deck plans 2:24
  9. Create compartments 2:45
  10. Save/commit project 4:13
  11. Version history 4:28
  12. Invite your team to your project 4:41
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Additional Tutorials

What is a Moulded Form (MF)?

  • Explanation: A surface with zero thickness which usually describes a boundary. Examples are the hull form, deck form or wall
  • Notes: MFs are modeled with help of the MF Editor (MFE) or imported from fill (typically for the hull form)
  • Value: They define your spatial subdivision and are a main carrier of information ranging from geometric properties to structural requirements
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Which Moulded Forms are available and when to use them?

Planar MFs: Default for walls. Defined in terms of a plane and each segment is a single item which can have own properties

Polyline MFs / Spline MFs: If you need more advanced geometries for your walls or to create reference surfaces

External Files: complex geometries defined in geometric modeling software, typically used for the hull form

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What are Reference Moulded Forms?

Reference Moulded Forms are used as auxiliary geometry to define your actual Moulded Forms.

See the example in the video to understand what reference Moulded Forms are and how to use them effectively.

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How do Spline Moulded Forms work?

Spline forms are modeled based on control points.

You can freely adjust the control points by dragging them to a different location.

It is also possible to add and delete control points by holding the CTRL key.

Finally, you can find edit options when selecting the form while the Moulded Form Editor is open.

See the video for an illustration of how Spline Moulded Form works.

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What is the Deck & Hull Editor (DHE)?

In the Deck & Hull Editor, you can assign certain Moulded Forms (Decks, Hulls) a name.

The benefit of using the Deck & Hull Editor is that you can identify the Decks and Hulls more easily when you want to create new views or analyze boundaries.

See an example of how to use the editor in the video.

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What are Spaces and how to create them?

A space is a limited area in your ship. Examples are compartments or zones.

They define your spatial subdivision and are a main carrier of information ranging from geometric properties to structural requirements.

Check the video to see an example of how compartments are created.

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What is a Topological Model?

The items of the model are connected to each other. When you modify an item, other items get automatically updated.

This is the key if you want to support quick design revisions in early design stages

Notes: As with any topological model you can break things. No worry: we don’t bother you with unreadable error messages. Items just become invalid (special color). Click on them to analyze the problem and repair them.

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What is a view?

A view is a representation of you rmodel.

There are 3 different view types you can create in Naval Architect:

  • 3D View: Standard 3D view

  • 2D Section: Section of your vessel (in the example: Centre Plane View)

  • 2D Plan: Plan-like representation of your model, configure view space by lower / upper boundaries

See the 5min. First Steps Tutorial to understand how to create the views.

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