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Industrial surface and automotive design tools

Alias® industrial design software—Alias Design, Alias SpeedForm, Alias AutoStudio, Alias Concept, and Alias Surface—supports 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

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    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 lets product designers create sketches at real-world scale and draw over imported 3D CAD data to evaluate design feasibility.

    • Draw symmetrical objects quickly and get feedback on a drawing’s proportions.
    • Duplicate symmetric brushstrokes in bilateral or radial symmetry.
    • Capture lines, circles, and ellipses with predictive strokes.
  • Flexible product modeling

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    Experiment with ideas in shape and form. 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 with flexible tools.

  • Dynamic shape modeling

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    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

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    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, and use direct modeling to adjust the shape at any point. Maintain complete control, achieving the exact form and surface quality you need.

    Fast concept modeling

  • Fast concept modeling overview New

    ALIAS SPEEDFORM, ALIAS CONCEPT, ALIAS AUTOSTUDIO

    Walk through a fast concept model workflow in Alias SpeedForm, starting from a sketch all the way to final concept model. Examples include a steering wheel, instrument panel, door interior, and car exterior.

  • Mesh-like modeling for 3D sculpting New

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    Use mesh-like modeling to quickly conceptualize a model with push-and-pull or add-and-subtract techniques—without needing to develop Spline surfaces.

  • Concept exploration New

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    Quickly experiment with different forms and models to refine your concept. Freely express yourself through your design with minimal restrictions or constraints.  

  • Better theoretical and feature lines New

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    Control the shape of your product to follow a curve. This lets you provide controlled characteristic lines.

  • Nondestructive detailing New

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    Now you can cut, separate, and add detail to your design without affecting the sculpted form.

  • Rendering and material management New

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    Use real-time raytracing and assign materials directly within Alias SpeedForm.

  • Downstream use of model New

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    Move your data more easily to Alias and VRED 3D visualization software. You can also move data into CAD packages such as Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software, so you can begin preliminary work in CAD, finite element analysis (FEA), and so on.

    Detailed design

  • Predictive control New

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    Form factor functionality has been extended. The new Freeform Curve Blend tool provides predictable results for curves. And the new View Flip feature complements this function by letting you check your curves between modified and scanned surfaces.

  • Deck seam New

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    The new Deck seam in the Stitch and Seam tool adds a bump in the fabric under the stitch, giving your material a realistic look. Use the new Jitter option to add slight variations to the stitch angles for extra realism.

  • Automatic arrays of shapes

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    Simplify uniform and nonuniform objects by using arrays. Use multiple methods to create arrays of lines and surfaces in both 2D and 3D.

  • Mathematically precise surface creation

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    Alias software includes multiple tools that help modelers and designers create mathematical shapes. For example, you can control pitch with the Revolve tool, which creates objects like springs and threads.

  • Stitches and seams

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    Automatically create stitches and seams for surfaces that will be stitched together.

  • Surface chain select tool

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    Select an entire chain of surfaces with just one pick.

  • Multiblend tool

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    Fill an enclosed area with 3 or more surface inputs to make smooth transitions between surfaces.

    Surface modeling & Class-A surfacing

  • Improved Surface from Mesh tool New

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    The enhanced Surface from Mesh tool now lets you update original surface data with scanned data from a clay model, taking into account changes made to the clay.

  • Global refit New

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    The Mesh Refit feature seamlessly refits your design to its imported scan data. This simplifies the process of adapting your digital surface to the changed physical model.

  • Precision surface modeling

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    Create Class-A surfaces with speed and control. Precision tools help ensure that surfaces maintain positional, tangent, or curvature continuity with surrounding surfaces.

    • Refine your surfaces to Class-A tolerances using the context-sensitive control vertices modification tool.
    • More accurately create G2 fillets, even through trimmed surface sets, to address Class-A surfacing requirements.
    • More precisely trim and form edges of new surfaces.
    • Maintain explicit control over surfaces with single-span (Bezier) geometry or multispan NURBS geometry.
    • Easily planarize hulls across multiple surfaces when you're creating technical surfacing for automotive design.
  • Automated surface creation and editing

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    Use tools built for multiple operations in one simple process. Examples include tools that combine surface layout and continuity in one operation that you can modify later. Other tools combine multisurface continuity to fillets, which are extended to provide draft flanges from a given draft angle.

  • Multicurve profile input

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    Profile tools provide an advanced way to work with surfaces. For example, you can automatically create multiple surfaces in one operation. More complex operations let you move or rotate a profile to a target surface, or work with multisurface shapes.

  • Efficient Multisurface Fillet tool

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    The Multisurface Fillet tool is designed to create smooth fillets in a simple operation. Create single or variable fillets with continuity controls all the way to G3 continuity.

  • Intelligent form factor capability

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    Control the form of the shape and make it consistent using Form Factor features, which are included in many advanced surface creation tools. Easily match shapes between blends and fillets.

  • Scan data workflows: fit surface to mesh

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    Now you can easily place fit-surface patches on a mesh by picking 4 points on the mesh. Build a surface shaped to the mesh on those points.

  • Scan data workflows: surface from mesh

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    Create a surface on mesh by choosing the mesh region and then selecting one of 3 surface types. These mesh tools are optimal for establishing theoretical slabs.

  • Scan data workflows: mesh selection techniques

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    Alias offers several tools for selecting mesh, including form-complying tools. This expanded toolset provides options based on the scan data.  

    Surface analysis

  • Light ray effects and reflections

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    Create linear reflections on a model in a cylindrical tunnel of light. 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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • VRED NURBS surface analysis

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    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 method is more accurate and succinct than traditional surface analysis tools that show the curvature of a surface based only on a mesh approximation.

    Design communication & product visualization

  • Interactive product visualization

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    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

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    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.
  • Convenient data exchange

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    Share your design data with downstream mechanical design and engineering software, using the DWG™ format. 

    • Use fast, high-quality CAD translators for data formats such as DXF, IGES, and STEP. 
    • Exchange data with other CAD software packages, such as CATIA, ICEM, NX, PTC Granite-based systems (Pro/E and Creo), JT, and SolidWorks software (available natively or using DirectConnect translators). 
    • Prototype rapidly with STL output for stereo-lithography or ZPR for high-definition 3D color prints, as well as output data for CNC machining. 
    • Visualization workflows supported with VRED, JT, and many others.
  • VRED compatibility

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

  • Interoperability with other tools

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    Alias interoperability tools streamline operations with other products used in the design process, including cutters, scanners, printers, meshers, and engineering applications. 

  • Switch between shading assignments

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    When you need to look at different color combinations, shader switches provide a simple way to make color combinations and easily switch between them. Move the switches to VRED 3D visualization software for high-quality visualization and renderings.

  • Variant configuration sets

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    Capture the state of your current view, so you can get back to it whenever you want to. Share your configurations to VRED for visualization.