APS3000 Software Update

We’ve added some things to the latest version.

To get the updates, just start the program with you computer connected

to the internet, they should automatically download.

New Features in the Software:

  • FT/MM: Added the ability to see the dimensions of your board in both feet

    and inches and mm. See the radio button on the top left of the

    program called “ft/mm”. Basically the software acts as if it’s in

    millimeter mode but in the dimensions panel below you can see the

    measurements of parts of the board in both units. (Seems like some

    of the Australians like to work in millimeters, especially on

    certain parts of the board…)

  • RAIL LINE VIEW: In Top and Bottom, added a view or the rail

    line. This is useful, for example, when your board has deep concaves

    and you want to see how much lower they are relative to your

    stringer. Also useful if you’re trying to fit a board into a blank

    and you want to see if the board is going to get fully cut. Activate

    this by Show/Hide → Show Rail line. (Minimal documentation on this

    one in the help files.)

  • LOGO ADDITION IN PDF PRINTOUTS: When printing a pdf you can now add

    your logo to that pdf. File → Print → Make a PDF … Then it it

    will ask you if you want to add a logo, chose it and it should

    appear in the top left corner of your pdf printout.

  • SAVE AND RELOAD: File → Save and Reload. This one is useful if

    you’re working on a board, then you make some changes to part of it,

    say the tail and you decide you like what you see but the whole time

    you’re using the original board as a guide, you can hit Save and

    Reload (or control-R) and it will basically reset your original board

    to the board you’re working on so that you can reference it.

  • HORIZONTAL LINE: - Show/Hide → Show Horizontal Line. This one was

    requested specifically when using slices. The idea is so you can

    stick a line on the bottom of your slices and then use it as a

    reference to look at your concaves. Similar to using a straight edge

    in real life.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that didn’t recalculate the volume when things were

    changed with the slices using the keyboard.

  • Fixed a bug in the Slice Panel that had a point redraw bug in which

    highlighted points linger from screen to screen and sometime change

    the board, when moving from slice to slice.

Upcoming Features:

  • Ability to print outlines and rockers. This one was primarily

    written by one of our Norwegian users name Haavard.

  • Other odds and ends and requests we receive.


go to the link below to download


…Hi, I want to “cut” and then print, only one half of the template…for do it an outline, how can I do that? seems to me that s not possible…


Great news! I love your software and its great to see that its still moving forward. I can’t wait to get Haavard’s tweak - its nice to see features added that help me even though they don’t seem to directly benifit your machine. Thanks!


…Hi, I want to “cut” and then print, only one half of the template…for do it an outline, how can I do that? seems to me that s not possible…


That’s one of the features that we’re currently working on right now. There are many ways we are trying to do it so we’re thinking about the best way for most people.


As I said, That will be truely great news. I primarily run linux so I had to get Illustrator to run under wine just so I could print the outline (It works but it not as clean as it would be under windows.

It would be bitch’n if you could import a vector file, igs, dxf, dwg, parasolids.

I just want to say thank you for making this application available to us and for doing it in Java so we Mac users can use it too!

I just want to say thank you for making this application available to us and for doing it in Java so we Mac users can use it too!

AMEN to that!!

Jimmy, you forgot to say thanks to all the Swaylockers for their input. it is just great to communicate with you out there and listen to the many great ideas. thanks and keep it up boys.

Dan, I’m surprised you got illustrator to run under wine… what version of illustrator? Have you heard of Inkscape? http://inkscape.org/ -Carl

Jimmy you are the man lost your number when i dropped my phone in a cup of coffee so give me a buzz sometime. Been waiting for the rail rocker line update. Helps when we are designing our eps blanks, man the boards are coming out sick up here. 2lb-2.1lb-2.75lb and 3.5lb cuts unreal, such a fine finish off her that with some foams we dont even need to seal the blanks!!! The curves are blending so perfect. The beastie is mean and cuts this foam so clean maybe 10-15 minutes of scrub a dub dub and measuring. Stoked that you and Miki are committed to always providing us what we ask for, and what we need! keep it up. Good luck on da island.

I was surprised also. It was version 9.01 (version 10 came close to working but failed in the end). Those guys at wine (and codeweavers) have really got their act together! I couldn’t imaging getting a program to run in an operating sytem different than it was designed for. By the way, I second the congratulations for selecting a program that runs under different operating systems. Its nice to have a choice. I’ve hear of inkscape but I haven’t given it a chance yet (I’ve heard that it can’t import the pdf’s). Maybe I should give it another look.

I’ve played around with your APS 3000 Java shaping program and it is quite a bit of fun.

With your new update, things are even a better…so much so that I’ve decided to give it a go. (By the way, thanks for releasing your work to the general public.)

But before I get too far into it, would it make more sense to start from a surfboard blank 3-D model than one of the the basic templates provided by the program? I mean, if I have a 7’3" Surfblank Australia Superwhite that is pretty close tolerance, would I have to take a series of images of it (top, side, and down the stringer for the ‘slice’) to try and make a 3-D template of it and then start shaping that?

It makes sense to me to have a ‘given’ and then deduct foam from that than to come up with a fantastic shape and then have to hunt around for a blank that most closely resembles it (as to avoid waste and soft parts in the foam from cutting too much of the foam away).

And you know the part in the APS 3000 program where you input blank file under Machine Parameters? Who has all these files and how can I get ahold of them? Save me, and others, a bunch of time to have those.

Duncan, The blanks files are usually found with machine owners as they are cutting the boards and usually have a stock of go to blanks to use that they have saved on there system. Using the provided new board files are ample to get you started. Look at the tutorial and read it through you will find it to be very usefull. Good luck…

meanshapes (and any others interested)---->

I’ve used the basic templates provided by the APS3000 Java tool and made any number of “surfboards”, imported images of previous surfboards I’ve owned, exported images and PDF files, messed about with Adobe ImageReady, imported/exported slices, read all the “help”, and so on.

So I figure I am as advanced as anyone who has spent 10 minutes with the APS3000 :slight_smile:

And while my handshaped (and powerplaned) surfboards will win not beauty contests, they’ve seen me ride well overhead waves with a degree of aplomb (at least in my own eyes), I have that too for knowing what can work (and I had the sore back to prove it).

My point is that for me, I just think that if I start with a known surfblank 3-D board file, why would I need/want one of the generic templates (and then try to hunt down a blank that fits the shape I made)? See, why spend an hour or so making the right board from one of the generic templates only to find the best blank for it means buying a 8’0 blank for a 7 foot board…that is a lot of overshaping and waste.

I see some blank templates provided by the APS3000 fellows on their downloads page, so I know it is possible.

Also, I have a vested interest in this as well because I have two Surfblanks Australia blanks in my garage (7’3" Rawson and 7’6" Magic)

So besides doing the image importing thing to try and first “make” a blank replica of the 7’3" Rawson blank I already have, does anyone have another idea?

Or should I just talk with Matt in Pacifica (California) directly before going any further…after all I did buy the blanks from him and he has the machine just waiting for more business.

Thanks for your ideas,


Thats what I would do. We have blanks that we use that we have mapped and stored for our system (mostly clark pu-our own eps blanks-and a few of matts. If they are Surfblanks, from Matt I’m sure he has the mapped blank file you need, as Matt has a huge selection of these blanks and must have spent some time to map each one. I really like the Surfblanks super white, dense and at times lighter. Could possibly be an alternative to eps as I would imagine you could use less glass. Hope it helps.


It would be bitch’n if you could import a vector file, igs, dxf, dwg, parasolids.

Would be nice indeed if you had such files, however, it would be hard to program as APS3000 is spesific to surfboards and the others are not. Not only would the software need to be able to load the fileformat, but it would also require that the software figure out what is outline, rocker and cross sections. It’s not impossible though, but unless you have 10 of thousands of files it would propably be easier and cheaper to convert them by hand from images of the old files.