HydroComp PropCad has allowed users to rapidly create propellers and automated drawings, but a significant new upgrade is now available for the PropCad “power user” wanting to expand their use of PropCad for manufacturing, production, and inspection. The “Premium Edition” offers a collection of major new capabilities for PropCad.

PropCad is now available in Standard and Premium Edition – view the comparison table, here. There is no reduction of capabilities in the Standard version from the existing PropCad feature set. The Premium license includes these new capabilities and upgrades:

  • Import CAD File. This utility simplifies extraction of propeller features from full 3D CAD files, drastically reducing the time and effort needed to recreate an existing propeller or product model. The Import CAD File utility can be used to automatically extract geometric data from a CAD file. The user selects a CAD file in either STL or OBJ formats, then has an opportunity to review the derived distributions within the utility. The reference line representing the pitch plane can be manipulated to yield the proper frame of reference for the propeller’s design data. The face and back offsets will automatically be calculated from the extents of the 2D section.

  • Scan Converter. This utility allows for the entry of scanned blade surface data (in XYZ or polar format) and conversion into a PropCad design file. This information typically comes from a “scanning” measurement device, but it can be obtained by interrogation of a 3D CAD file. Note: users with the separate Scan Converter add-on license will receive full credit for an upgrade to the Premium edition.
  • Pattern Compensation. This utility helps to build pattern geometry from a PropCad design. It provides the means to create new pattern geometry with additional offset stock for machining and finishing, as well as user-defined scaling factors to account for distortion and shape changes during the casting process.
  • Geometry Transforms. These allow for repositioning of the blade about the shaft axis, along the reference helix, or even about a spindle axis. Some of these are useful in conjunction with Scan Converter for smoothing and positioning. The spindle axis transformation can be used to check off-design geometry of CPP blades.
  • CPP Tip Clearance Check. This calculates the maximum extents of the propeller blade through a range of spindle axis rotation. It is useful for calculating clearance between CPP blades, as well as tip extent changes (when in nozzles, for example).

Read more about the Import CAD File utility, Pattern Corrections, and Scan Converter.

Pricing and options

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