Join us for a PropCad Training Course!

Instructor: Adam Kaplan, PropCad Lead Engineer
Schedule: Day 1, 8am – 4pm. Day 2, 8am – Noon
Date and location to be determined

HydroComp is conducting a training course of PropCad®, HydroComp’s software for the geometric design of marine propellers. The focus of this course will be to introduce and review “Best Practices” for experienced, new, and potential users of PropCad. The optional second day will cover our new PropCad Premium Edition features, including Scan Converter and Pattern Corrections.

Training topics for Day 1 include a review of propeller geometry terminology, creating new designs, quickly creating design variants, application-specific design considerations, and exporting 2D drawings and 3D CAD/CAM files. The course will discuss propeller strength calculations, with a focus on selecting and applying appropriate classification society thickness rules. We will review techniques to modify existing designs, including tweaking existing radial distributions, defining and importing custom distributions, scaling and smoothing distributions, and creating template files. The Day 1 (8am-4pm) curriculum will include:

  • Creating new designs and design variants
  • Application-specific considerations
  • Exporting 2D drawings and 3D CAD/CAM files
  • Strength calculations and classification thickness reports
  • Modifying designs, distributions, and section offsets
  • Custom distributions and templates
  • Successful integration with CAD/CAM

Training topics for Day 2 include a review of propeller manufacturing and inspection considerations, followed by discussions of propeller patterns, castings, and machining models – all of which are supported in the new Pattern Corrections tool. The course will also discuss propeller 3D scan data, which can be used to reconstruct existing propellers in PropCad with Scan Converter. The optional Day 2 (8am-Noon) curriculum will include:

  • Considerations for manufacturing
  • Creating machining models with Pattern Corrections
  • Creating propeller patterns with Pattern Corrections
  • Considerations for inspection
  • Reconstructing existing propellers with Scan Converter
  • Smoothing Scan Converter data

What’s new in PropCad?

HydroComp PropCad is the industry-standard tool for the geometric design of marine propellers. We just completed three years of intense development to bring you PropCad. Many new and unique features have been added:

  • CAD/CAM specific exports for Rhino3D, Solidworks, Creo, PowerShape, SurfCam, and many more!
  • Compliance with 2017 classification society thickness rules, including ice-class and naval designations.
  • IGES and Point-Cloud exports for universal CAD compatibility.
  • Builder “Preset” for quick generation of included Library Propellers!
  • Greater control of edge thickness and edge radius.
  • Interactive plotting, smoothing, and editing of radial distributions and 2D offsets.
  • Local pitch calculations and visualization on section plots
  • Plotting of blade outline and blade profile for quickly editing blade shape.
  • Calculation and rendering of root fillet geometry
  • Distribution editor for creating custom distribution files.
  • Support for reports and 2D drawings with custom paper sizes.
  • Updated classification society thickness rules
  • Improved edge radii for “Entered” offsets
  • Trailing edge blend to hub face
  • Export options: Multiple blades

Which additional features are included in the PropCad Premium Edition?

We have introduced extended capabilities for PropCad “power user” wanting to expand their use of PropCad for manufacturing, production, and inspection. The PropCad Premium Edition offers a collection of major new capabilities for PropCad. The Premium license includes:

Learn more about PropCad Premium here!

About the trainer

The PropCad “Best Practices” Training Course is conducted by Adam Kaplan, HydroComp’s Senior Project Engineer for PropCad with support from other HydroComp staff.

Who should attend the Training Course?

This course is suitable for both new and experienced PropCad users, as well as potential users considering the acquisition of PropCad. Users that are considering an upgrade to the newest version or the Premium Edition are particularly encouraged to attend. Learn more about the PropCad Premium Edition!

Do I need a PropCad license to attend?

The “Best Practices” Course will include interactive case studies using the latest version of PropCad. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop (and security key) with PropCad installed. Please contact HydroComp here if you have any questions.

What course materials are provided?

Participants will receive a course workbook.

How do I register?

Contact HydroComp via email , or phone (603)868-3344.

For more information, please contact

HydroComp, Inc.
Tel: (603)868-3344