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Features for Alias Design, Alias AutoStudio & Alias Surface

Industrial surface and automotive design tools

Alias® automotive design and surface design software—Alias Design, Alias AutoStudio, and Alias Surface—support concept communication, design modeling, technical surfacing, reverse engineering, real-time design visualization, and engineering development collaboration.

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    Concept design

  • Sketching and illustration tools

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO

    Capture and communicate concept design ideas freehand without switching applications. Alias includes a comprehensive set of sketching, illustration, and image editing tools—pencils, paintbrushes, airbrushes, markers, erasers, and special texture and effects brushes. The integrated 2D/3D environment enables product designers to create sketches at real-world scale and draw over imported 3D CAD data to evaluate design feasibility.

  • Flexible product modeling

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Experiment with ideas in shape and form and pursue innovative solutions to your design challenges. Quickly explore and visualize any form using a range of 3D modeling techniques. Alias software combines fast, repeatable, curve-based modeling tools with the ability to directly edit and sculpt 3D models. Choose the best modeling technique for the task at hand. Generate multiple design iterations quickly, and make subtle corrections or radical changes easily with flexible tools.

  • Dynamic shape modeling

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Quickly manipulate your product model and explore shape variations on 3D forms without rebuilding geometry. Make real-time modifications and shape objects dynamically in design reviews. Manipulate a customizable lattice rig created around an object to sculpt geometry, or bend it using a curve to control deformation. You can also twist geometry around a single-axis curve, or conform it to the shape of another surface.

  • 3D sculpting

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Refine your 3D models through an intuitive, iterative process. Sculpt surfaces by directly adjusting surface control vertices. Use curve-based tools to define a shape at its edges; use direct modeling to adjust the shape at any point. Maintain complete control, achieving the exact form and surface quality you need.

    Product modeling

  • Revolve tool enhancements New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    The Barrel and Helix tools, previously separate tools, are now grouped under a Side Glass surface type as part of the Revolve tool in Alias. Pitch functionality is included in the Revolve options to allow users to create objects like springs and threads.

  • Form Factor included in Freeform Blend tool New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    In addition to Shape controls, Freeform Blend uses Form Factor controls in fillet-like situations, which makes it easier to match the shape between blends and fillets.

  • Array tool

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Create arrays of objects, linearly or radially, from an original set of objects. This is useful when modeling products such as grills, speakers, and wheels.

  • Duplicate objects around curves

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    The Path Array tool duplicates objects around curves into “stitch patterns.” This function duplicates one or more objects and places the copies at equal distances along one or more curves, producing the stich pattern effect. You can control the spacing, range, position, and orientation of these duplicates.

  • Advanced Skin tool controls

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    In addition to NURBS, Bezier, and explicit control, Proportional Crown raises the midpoint of the surface, providing exceptional flexibility for concept or technical surfacing.

    Surface modeling & Class-A surfacing

  • Enhanced Profile tool New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Control your final shape and multiple approaches to rotate or slide a profile to touch a curve or surface. Powerful enhancements in profile capability help you create profiled surfaces between two sets of surfaces.

  • 3D Surface Array tool New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Create an array of objects along any surface in multiple directions in 3D space. This improvement over the 2D array of objects capability supports better productivity.

  • Enhanced Align tool New

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Align now includes multiple improvements, including Center Original options. More power, control, and diagnostics are built in:

    • Continuity options that have been simplified to G0, G1, G2, and G3.
    • Improvements to the Project mode, including new Shrink to Fit and No Curve On Surface options for a projected align. 
    • Onscreen diagnostic feedback, offering rich understanding of design changes.
  • VRED NURBS surface analysis New

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    High-quality surface analysis uses native spline definitions for better accuracy. Evaluate data of the actual smooth NURBS surface for a deeper understanding of your surfaces. This is more accurate and succinct than traditional surface analysis tools that show the curvature of a surface based only on a mesh approximation.

  • Precision surface modeling

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Create production surfaces with speed and control with Alias software. Precision technical surfacing modeling tools help to make sure that surfaces maintain positional, tangent, or curvature continuity with surrounding surfaces—delivering Class-A surfacing that engineering teams need to create tooling.

  • Automated surface creation and editing

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Automate common design tasks to accelerate the design of precision surfaces. Alias software helps you accurately align surfaces and curves, precisely trim and form edges of new surfaces, and create fillets and accompanying flanges in a single operation. The task-based surface modeling tools integrate vector and model space controls to help improve productivity.

  • Multicurve profile input

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    The Profile tool helps you design multicurve input for the profile, which can then be swept along a single- or multiple-path curve. Define profile orientation relative to the coordinate system, curve, or surface normal, as well as the target curve or target surface. Standard parallel plane options are also available.

  • Surface trimming and screen management

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Trim, Divide, and Trim Convert tools support intersections and give you surface trimming control. Intuitive colored indicators in the Trim and Trim Convert tools help you distinguish between the "keep" and "discard" portions of a surface. Additional options for selecting interior faces within Trim Convert help you maintain an uninterrupted workflow.

  • Efficient multisurface fillet tool

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Streamlined selection improvements from Form Factor make the Surface Fillet and Symmetric Fillet tools faster.

  • Intelligent Form Factor capability

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    The tool defines the ratio of the length of the innermost CV arms to the length of the outer (tangent) arms of the hull in the V direction of the fillet.

  • Multiple profile set inputs

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Enable multiple profile sets as inputs to the tool. Each profile can have an individual position and orientation relative to the rail curve. Profiles can have different shapes, but must have a similar structure, such as segmentation between sharp bends or the number of spans.

  • Align tool and NURBS to Bezier

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Efficient Align tool, Transform CV, and NURBS to Bezier support.

    Surface analysis

  • Light Tunnel New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Create linear reflections on a model in a cylindrical tunnel of lights. Study your surfaces in a virtual lighting studio. The Light Tunnel is a visual surface evaluation tool that provides a controlled lighting and reflection model to help you understand your designs better.

  • Shading in clay New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Shade your model with a low-specularity clay color to study the subtleties of surface shape and shadow. Temporarily change all of your shaders to a clay material with the Clay with Ambient Occlusion feature. When you're finished, your model goes back to its original form.

  • Isophotes for surface flow New

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Use isophotes—thin, sharp lines that show the path of surface flow—to find possible errors in your design. They can show the movement of sand over a desert or represent the underlying shape of snow in a mountain range. In Alias, this surface evaluation tool highlights spots of the same brightness in your design, alerting you to possible imperfections in your model.

  • Surface evaluation

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Fine-tune surfaces in Alias with instant numerical and graphical feedback on surface quality. Use dynamic evaluation tools, such as surface continuity, curvature, and draft analysis, to verify that your surface modeling meets engineering and production requirements. Create production-ready Class-A surfaces of your automotive and product designs so engineering teams don't need to re-create them.

    Design communication & product visualization

  • VRED compatibility New

    ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    VRED 3D visualization software users can view Alias geometry with realistic materials and environments.

  • Interactive product visualization

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Evaluate design options with real-time, interactive product visualization. Tell the story of your product design in context using geometric environments.

    • Use shading models to increase realism, evaluate surfaces, and design forms.
    • Render shading based on an omnidirectional light source for shadows and soft shading.
    • Apply material color, texture, glow, incandescence, bump, and displacement.
    • Quickly verify surface conditions with curvature maps, zebra stripes, and draft angles.
  • Compelling photorealistic renderings

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Image-based lighting supports high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) for interactive product visualization and rendering. The result is high-resolution imagery for evaluating, presenting, and marketing your product designs.

    • Save high-resolution images of any modeling window created without a full software render.
    • Display wireframes, canvas planes, or fully shaded models and create turntables or 360-degree interactive QuickTime VR files.
    • Incorporate ambient occlusion calculations for soft shadows with raycast and raytrace renderers.
  • Annotation tools

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO

    Built-in bookmarks, pencils, and markers help you review designs. Use your entire screen to work with just the necessary interface aspects.

  • Convenient data exchange

    ALIAS DESIGN, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO, ALIAS SURFACE

    Share your design data with mechanical design and engineering software, using the DWG™ format. Verify geometry created in Alias 3D product design software to predict and diagnose problems before designs go to engineering.