PropCad 2020: Improved Program Stability and Speed

PropCad 2020 is the industry-leading software for the geometric design of marine propellers. PropCad automatically prepares 2D drawings, 3D CAD models, and much more.

Improved Program Stability and Speed

HydroComp 2020All HydroComp 2020 products have been upgraded with a new internal code-and-control set. This has increased the speed and stability of the program across existing Windows platforms. These changes are largely behind the scenes, but keen users will notice some visual changes in PropCad and HydroComp’s other programs.

CAD Import

The Propeller CAD Import utility includes algorithm revisions to greatly increase the supported file-size, import, and feature-extraction speeds.

Updated 2019 Classification Society Rules

PropCad 2020
PropCad 2020 includes the latest updates to the Classification Society Rules, which determine blade thickness requirements. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has introduced a consolidated rule set – the Marine Vessel Rules – which supersedes many of the previous rule sets. The Indian Registry of Shipping (IRS) Ice Class HA ruleset is now included for fixed pitch and controllable pitch propellers.

Improved 3D Rendering Speed and Visuals

Many of the existing propeller materials have been adjusted to improve the visualization of curvature and edge details on the blade surface. Additional rendering options have been introduced, including “hard edges” and texture options. The 3D render loops have been optimized for increased speed and stability, particularly for older graphics cards.

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