Alias Design

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Alias® industrial design software powers your creative process with a range of sketching, modeling, surfacing, and visualization tools.

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Alias Design review by <span>Gabriel H.</span>
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The standard of a industry

What do you like best?

Alias is a very powerful tool for surface modelling , with very complex tools that are helping the user to achieve best quality in a very fast time.

Highly compatible with other design packages.

What do you dislike?

For begginers is not very user friendly and as an Autodesk user it's a bit hard to switch from other Autodesk software to Alias as everything is different.

Hard to learn (first 6 months)

Not enough support for new users

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alias is essential in design industry, almost will guarantee you a job as long you have a good level of skills and a good eye for design and 3d modelling. Definitely is over most of other design packages on the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provide Great 3d surfacing to my customers and having the possibility to easy import other file formats as various customers work with different packages, Alias is highly compatible . Most of the products I have designed , at one stage they were taken to Alias, so I can say, Alias is the place where the most automtive and product design is done.

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Alias Design review by <span>Kenny C.</span>
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The BEST technical surface modeler out there!

What do you like best?

Alias has been the standard for technical surfacing for decades. The name alone instills confidence, but using the software has been inspiring. With the powerful surfacing and sampling tools we have been able to design new products with ease as well as reverse engineer physical prototypes and other scanned data into very clean and tight models.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a little antiquated, but the software remains powerful. If the pallets and toolboxes were of a more modern feel, the software would be easier to use (and the overall learning curve would not be as steep).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try Alias SpeedForm as well - it is aimed at automotive designers, but the T-Splines functionality is amazing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alias has allowed us to create stunning 3D models of our industrial design projects. When compared to other solutions, nothing can match the outright power and performance of Alias on technical surfacing. We used to spend days or weeks in other tools and we can achieve the same results in hours using Alias.

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Alias Design review by <span>Mathias R.</span>
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Alias Automotive

What do you like best?

This 3D program easily creates accurate and precise surfaces. It can be used to create just about anything from a basic handle, to headphones to the exterior and interior of a vehicle. If you are learning this program or are curious to learn more advanced techniques Autodesk Alias has a YouTube channel that uploads videos abut every week. The videos cover speedform techniques and in-depth, complex modeling.

What do you dislike?

The basic learning curve to start using the program is rather short, it is on the same level as with any new program. When you start to dive into more advanced, and complex forms it can get difficult if you are new to the program. There are many ways to complete one task, options are excellent but can become confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you wish to get into Industrial Design, you should be using this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alias can open many other file types, often I use it to import from other modeling programs to check scale, increase or decrease the object size and get it ready for 3D printing or machining. Also the surface rendering shows true highlights with class A surfaces which allows an accurate preview of the surface along with ways to manage and adjust the surface to get the best product out of the program. Once you have the real product out of the machine the hard work you put into perfecting the surface shows in your final product.

Alias Design review by <span>Pierre B.</span>
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So strong, but not so stable

What do you like best?

This software is really powerful, lot of modeling possibilities and parameters.

The modeling quality is really advanced and precision is adjustable.

You can modelise geometry with curvature continuity in lot of differents ways.

It's easy to modify in details each surfaces, and adjust one to one them.

It's one of the most used software in car modeling.

What do you dislike?

The software can crash at every moments, you need to spam the save shortcut often.

It is really hard to handle at the beginning, its ergonomy is awful and you will need to learn specific shorcut in order to built basic surfaces.

If you plan to print your model in 3D, you have lot of chance to find holes in your file, that will make some issues with 3D printing.

The CTRL+Z is not always available, and you have to think about backsave if you need to go back to change something.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient, and keep learning and stay curious. Try all functions ^^

This is awsome after few crashes, then you understand the mechanic, you will improve your skill faster

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I modelised some complex product where aesthetic and surface quality were important.

Alias Design review by <span>Alexander N.</span>
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What do you like best?

The ability to quickly surface and define your design with relative ease. Compared to other CAD software's, creating simple to refined forms is a simple and intuitive process. Also the process of manipulating existing surfaces is easier than most other software's, giving the user more overall freedom while modeling.

What do you dislike?

One main issue with the software is the difficulty in creating a sealed or trimmed model for the purpose of 3D printing. Others software's make this process a bit easier, and I feel that Alias can do the same with some updates the the software. The only other issue have with Alias is the process of adding filet's. Overall it works well but can be a bit cumbersome when getting into more difficult and complex surfacing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Alias as the leading software when it comes to design surfaces. This includes final modeling as well as rough modeling. Also this software is great for surface checking, for quality and overall curvature of aesthetic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software has definitely made the transition of 2D to 3D better for my use as a student and in the industry as well. The ability to model my 2D designs in such a short period of time is the greatest part of it. The software also has the flexibility to design in a rough state for the purpose of scale and proportion, as well as a very finely detailed state for the purpose of a finished product. Having that flexability is key to success with the work i do on a daily basis

Alias Design review by <span>Vipul M.</span>
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No matter how much time you spend on alias its still less.

What do you like best?

Modelling in alias is like solving a Sudoku puzzle but unlike Sudoku in alias there are many ways to solve or come up with a surface. Alias gives you a real time reflection and notifies you about the surface continuity as you keep on working so it reduces having errors on your final product. There are so many ways and options to discover in this software to get your desired result is exhausting, so in the end when you become quite familiar you can customize your shelf and your keys to your favorite options. The built-in visualization feature is pretty decent enough which gives you a good idea of your end product

What do you dislike?

Its not an easy software to learn and operate it right away for a beginner. you need time and patience to learn the software and have to be guided in the beginning. you wont get the desired surface in one step or a command, A desired surface is formed after creating necessary primary surfaces then move on to secondary surface and so on till you have achieved your result. That's this software makes you feel LIKE A PROFESSIONAL and sometimes leaves you FRUSTRATED as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have patience while learning

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a industrial design student so I use this software to model cars and products. you become more patient and can solve surfaces easily which seemed difficult a few months ago and using other modelling software's become easy to operate.

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