Maxsurf Links with ShipConstructor

Formation Design Systems and Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) have announced that Formation's Maxsurf suite of naval architecture and ship construction software now links with ARL's ShipConstructor software suite to provide shipyards with a complete end to end solution for ship design, detailing and production. The link has been developed by Formation Design Systems as part of their ongoing program of adding additional capabilities to the Workshop module within the Maxsurf suite of software. The new functions allow naval architects and structural designers to take preliminary structural definitions from Workshop and export them in a format compatible with ShipConstructor. This format allows transverse frames, longitudinal stringers, hull plates and decks to be transferred.

The new Maxsurf/ShipConstructor interface allows a range of parts to be exported. These include: export of hull plates complete with both 2D and 3D plate information and marking lines; export of stringer information including the full 3D stringer shape, export of transverse frames including cutouts for stringers and openings in the frame; export of decks including any deck openings. All parts can be rendered in 3D before export and verified in a similar way after import into ShipConstructor.

Albacore Research develops the software suite ShipConstructor, an easy-to-use, 3D product modeling tool for ships and offshore structures of all sizes.

ShipConstructor provides functions for Curved Plate Production. Internal Structure, Piping, HVAC, Nesting and NC Processing. ShipConstructor runs inside of AutoCAD connecting all data to Microsoft SQL Server, thus presenting a familiar environment and resulting in minimal training requirements. The modular software design and flexible licensing allow ShipConstructor to be fully scalable to the client's specific business needs from the largest shipyard down to the smallest boat builder. ShipConstructor is used worldwide by hundreds of shipyards and naval architects on a wide range of vessels and offshore structures.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 54,  Oct 2003 TAI CHONG CHEANG

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