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Author Topic: HALF MODELS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DESIGN TOOLS  (Read 1150 times)

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HALF MODELS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DESIGN TOOLS
« on: July 10, 2007, 12:06:52 AM »
I am researching the impact of intelligent digital design (parametric) tools in  architecural (building) practice. Something naval arch has been quicker in capitalising on.
What effect has the computer had on the role of the half hull model in ship design?
Any thoughts please.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007, 11:22:02 AM »
i would offer immediately that half hull making and crafting is totally different in the present than when it originally evolved. The actual majority of personnel involved today are different also. Today they are artisans who have become ''reproduction specialists" People who are expert and skilled in working with the medium of their choice. Just as their ancestor half hull peer were. The difference lies in the purpose of the half hull today.

With the advent of computer aided design (especially 3D) and computer simulation, the half hull maker has been side passed. The naval architect would work very closely with this skilled craftsman the half hull maker. Today the naval architect/engineer will either work with a  CAD tech or is skilled him or her self in using CAD or simulation software. Being able to take a concept and visually render and test an entire design without making a physical prototype. The ability to change and transform design lines easily and then retest, again without the physical object, resulting of course in great savings of time and conservation of materials.

When the physical object is actually crafted in a scaled version, again the half hull modeler is bypassed except for an art or marketing object.

So it has become the professional half hull modeler is simply the talented skilled craftsman reproducing already designed and manufactured boats and ships for collectors and admirers.

A good article on this change is located on this forum .
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 08:13:19 AM »
Just read an excellent book which deals with the use of half models in crafting boats.  Recommended

"Temple to the Wind: The Story of America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Masterpiece, Reliance" by Christopher Pastore (Author)
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 10:51:19 PM »
Thanks for the responses all very helpful.
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