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Features

Industrial surface and automotive engineering tools

Alias® industrial design software supports concept communication, design modelling, technical surfacing, reverse engineering, real-time design visualisation and engineering development collaboration.

Concept design and fast concept modelling

  • Sketching and illustration tools

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Draw and edit with integrated tools. Capture lines, circles and ellipses with predictive strokes and more. (video: 2.43 min.)

  • Flexible product modelling

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Fast, repeatable, curve-based modelling tools let you directly edit and sculpt 3D models. (video: 2.32 min.)

  • Fast concept modelling overview

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Walk through a fast concept model workflow, from sketch to final concept model. (video: 3.03 min.)

  • Downstream use of model

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    Move your data easily between Alias and VRED software. (video: 5.25 min.)

  • New | Photoshop live link

    Sketches from Photoshop can be linked to Alias. Changes to sketches are dynamically updated in Alias.

  • New | Look around

    Fly to a point of interest immediately; enable immediate navigation to a point in the design.

  • Improved colour assignment for layers

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Random custom colour assignments for layers and layer folders.

  • Customised clutch keys

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    Define clutch key assignments.

  • View options in Curve Planarise

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Add view options in the Curve Planarise.

  • Surface fillet improvements

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Add the option of Inter Continuity and Inter Straight Angle checking in surface fillets.

  • Skin tool options

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Add the Shape option in the Skin 2012 tool to control the CV layout of the Skin surface section.

  • Variable degree surface fillets

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    You have the ability to have a variable degree in fillet surfaces.

  • Dynamic shape modelling

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Quickly manipulate your product model and explore shape variations on 3D forms without rebuilding geometry.

  • 3D sculpting

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    3D sculpt surfaces by directly adjusting surface control vertexes. Use curve-based tools, direct modelling and more.

  • Mesh-like modelling for 3D sculpting

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Use push-and-pull techniques to conceptualise models - without needing to develop spline surfaces.

  • Concept exploration

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Explore concepts to create revisions quickly.

  • Better theoretical and feature lines

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Control the shape of your product to follow a curve.

  • Non-destructive detailing

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Cut, separate and add detail to your design without affecting the sculpted form.

  • Rendering and material management

    SPEEDFORM, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO

    Use real-time ray-tracing and assign materials directly within Alias.

Detailed design and surface analysis

  • Deck seam

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Deck seam (similar to a flat fell seam) has been added to the Stitch and Seam tool. (video: 3.31 min.)

  • Mathematically precise surface creation

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Access tools that help you to create mathematical shapes. For example, control pitch with the Revolve tool and more. (video: 1.26 min.)

  • Multiblend tool

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Make smooth transitions between surfaces. (video: 4.28 min.)

  • Light ray effects and reflections

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Study your surfaces in a virtual lighting studio with the Light Tunnel tool. (video: 47 sec.)

  • New | Computational Design

    Quickly generate complex repeatable patterns and enable rapid design iterations and exploration.

  • Automatic arrays of shapes

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Simplify uniform and non-uniform objects, using arrays. Create arrays of lines and surfaces in 2D and 3D.

  • Stitches and seams

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Automatically create stitches and seams.

  • Surface chain select tool

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Select a chain of surfaces with one pick.

  • Shading in clay

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    Temporarily change your shaders to a clay material. When you are finished, your model goes back to its original form.

  • Surface evaluation

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    Get more accurate feedback on surface model quality.

  • VRED NURBS surface analysis

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    Achieve more accurate, native spline definition analysis.

Surface modelling and Class-A surfacing

  • Predictive control

    AUTOSTUDIO

    Get more predictable results with new tools such as Freeform Curve Blend and View Filp. (video: 5.14 min.)

  • Global refit

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    Refit your digital model to the changed physical model. (video: 1.24 min.)

  • New

    Offset tool

    Offset command ensues that offset CV layout quality is maintained, enabling a semi-automated, time-saving workflow. (video: 1.28 min.)

  • Scan data workflows: surface from mesh

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    Create a surface on mesh with 1 of 3 surface types. (video: 2.00 min.)

  • Improved Surface from Mesh tool

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    Update original data with scanned clay data.

  • Precision surface modelling

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    Create Class-A surfaces with speed and control.

  • Automated surface creation and editing

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    Perform multiple operations with a single tool.

  • Multicurve profile input

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    Profile tools provide an advanced way to work with surfaces, such as rotating a profile to a target surface.

  • Efficient Multisurface Fillet tool

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    Speed up the process from factor to surface fillet.

  • Intelligent form factor ability

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    Define ratios with Form Factor tools.

  • Scan data workflows: mesh selection techniques

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    Use an expanded mesh selection toolset.

Design communication and product visualisation

  • New | Virtual reality with Alias

    Enhance design reviews with virtual reality. Explore your design to scale using a HMD in VR.

  • Interactive product visualisation

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Evaluate design options with real-time visualisations. Use shading models, apply colour, add texture and more.

  • Compelling photorealistic renderings

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    Visualise your product with high-resolution imagery.

  • Convenient data exchange

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    Share industrial design data with mechanical design and CAD software, including Inventor, CATIA, SOLIDWORKS and many others.

  • VRED compatibility

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    Quickly convert Alias files to VRED software for 3D visualisation.

  • Interoperability with other tools

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    Interoperability helps streamline operations with other products used in the design process, such as cutters, meshers and more.

  • Switch between shading assignments

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    Easily switch between colour combinations.

  • Variant configuration sets

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    Capture your current view to return to it easily.