Posts by dorvieto:
I have been working on a Hydrostatics calculator in Grasshopper, written entirely in VB.net. This node will serve to replace the hydrostatics calculations done using Maxsurf or Orca (two naval architecture software programs that are exceedingly expensive). The idea is to input a hull surface with the Rhino WorldXY plane as the waterplane. The node then intersects the hull surface with the waterplane and generates the hydrostatics values required for basic stability estimates of the input hull. It is almost done and the values found with my calculator are within 1% of those found by Maxsurf’s calculator.
The next steps I plan on taking is locking down the VB.net node so that it is not editable, and publishing this component to the Grasshopper page for public use. Writing this node has been a great way to learn how to interact with Rhino and GH and use both programs’ commands and functions to accomplish my goals. Perhaps to make it interoperable I could write in a function to make the results output to an organized Excel sheet?