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Features

Industrial surface and automotive design tools

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

Concept design and fast content modeling

  • Sketching and illustration tools

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    Draw and edit with integrated tools. Capture lines, circles, and ellipses with predictive strokes, and more. (video: 2:43 min.)

  • Flexible product modeling

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    Fast, repeatable, curve-based modeling tools let you directly edit and sculpt 3D models. (video: 2:32 min.)

  • Fast concept modeling overview

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    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 | Improved color assignment for layers

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    Random custom color assignments for layers and layer folders.

  • New | Customized clutch keys

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    Define clutch key assignments.

  • New | View options in Curve Planarize

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    Add view options in the Curve Planarize.

  • New | Surface fillet improvements

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

  • New | New options in Skin tool

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

  • New | Variable degree surface fillets

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

  • Enhanced | Interface enhancements

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    Improvements for the 2018 release include customizable keyboard controls, snapping, marking menus, and more.

  • Dynamic shape modeling

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

  • 3D sculpting

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

  • Mesh-like modeling for 3D sculpting

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

  • Concept exploration

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    Explore concepts to create revisions quickly.

  • Better theoretical and feature lines

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    Control the shape of your product to follow a curve.

  • Nondestructive detailing

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

  • Rendering and material management

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

Detailed design and surface analysis

  • Deck seam

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    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

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    Access tools that help you create mathematical shapes. For example, control pitch with the Revolve tool, and more. (video: 1:26 min.)

  • Multiblend tool

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    Make smooth transitions between surfaces. (video: 4:28 min.)

  • Light ray effects and reflections

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

  • Automatic arrays of shapes

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

  • Stitches and seams

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    Automatically create stitches and seams.

  • Surface chain select tool

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    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're finished, your model goes back to its original form.

  • Isophotes for surface flow

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    Reveal design motion and underlying shape—for example, the movement of sand or the shape of snow on a mountain.

  • 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 modeling and Class-A surfacing

  • Predictive control

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    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.)

  • Enhanced

    Modeling enhancements

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    The 2018 release includes enhancements to Surface Fillets and Curve Planarize. Data Transfer now offers STEP AP242 standard and DWG import and export. (video: 4:00 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 modeling

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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 capability

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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 visualization

  • Interactive product visualization

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

  • Compelling photorealistic renderings

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    Visualize 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 visualization.

  • 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 color combinations.

  • Variant configuration sets

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    Capture your current view to return to it easily.