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Tutorials 11 months 3 weeks ago #5200

  • OwenK
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Hi,
I've been playing with Delftship for a couple of weeks and really enjoying it.
The more I do the more I learn. BUT
I have no background in CAD and am having lots of issues.
On the forum I keep seeing references to tutorials.
I have found some on you tube but none on the Delftship site.
I have downloaded the manual for the version of Delftship that I have but it doesn't give a lot of instructions.
It seems to assume that you know how to use the program.
Is there a basic beginners tutorial that I can access?
If there is ,how do I access it?
I am planning on making a plywood and fibreglass windsurfer.
Hopefully Delftship is accurate enough to allow me to build from it.
Many thanks for any help
Owen
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Tutorials 11 months 2 weeks ago #5211

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Hi Owen!

You have first to understand that for designing a ship you need to master two things:
- the marine theorics, this allows to know WHAT you must get, including if you're working with paper and pencils;
- the software use (DelftShip for example), that allows you to know HOW to get what you wish, including if it's not a ship.

Concerning the second point (it sounds that's your problem), the Delftship team wrote a manual you can download from this very website, besides the software.

If it wasn't enought for you, I propose you a NON-OFFICIAL manual I began writing (but never completed) with my broken english, a more practical one.

NOTE: This other manual is based upon an old version of Delftship. The interface and buttons may have changed, but I imagine the operations didn't. You'll just have to hover the cursor upon the buttons to find the right one.

I hope this will help you.

Note to the DelftShip Team: Feel free to use, to correct, to modify, adjust and to offer this manual to download. Just mention it will be based upon my idea. B)
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Tutorials 11 months 2 weeks ago #5219

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Hello Icare,
I have just downloaded your DS manual and have had time to take a quick look around. I have already found some gems in there that I hadn't considered.

Thank you for your efforts, I am looking forward to have a good read through.

Great job.

John
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Tutorials 11 months 2 weeks ago #5220

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Hi Icare ,
Thanks for that .
I'll work through the exercise in your document. It looks like there are some helpful hints.
I'm gradually getting the shapes I want but as you say I am in a rush and I'm not using the best techniques I'm sure.
I'm hoping to start construction in a month so I have some time to get the design right.
Many thanks
Owen
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Tutorials 11 months 2 weeks ago #5222

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I assume I already wrote it, but I say it again: Be sure you really know the software use before begining your "great work".
I think it's better to learn by playing with Delftship first, letting your imagination wander, like I did by drawn my avatar (a flying boat).
Then, when you'll begin really working on you real project, you'll already know all the "how-to" of this great tool.

What a pity to get disheartened due to too much haste! :pinch:

Believe it or not: I'm still learning new features :woohoo: ... and still not using other ones! :whistle:
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Tutorials 11 months 2 weeks ago #5223

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Hi Icare,
Very good advice.
But it takes a lot to dishearten me.
I'm very persistent.
Many thanks
Owen
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