Learning to design w/ Alias

Learning to develop products using Alias Design

Level 1: Learning to design with Alias

Course Duration: 40 hours

Tuition: $2,300 US

Overview: Autodesk Alias Design is a 3D design software for industrial designers and sometimes engineers.  The software empowers a creative process with a range of sketching, modeling, surfacing, and visualization.  Designers can create designs with tools tailored for industrial design, automotive design, and technical surfacing. Get the advanced capabilities  needed, from initial concept sketch to development of production-ready Class-A surfaces.  Participants in this course will learn about Alias Design & surface modeling then discuss general and often more advanced modeling approaches relating specifically to Alias Design.

Deliverable: Login and password to Design Engine online tutors.  

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TearDrop Fuel tank modeled using a sphere around a Sub’D IGES import


  • Creating curves & manipulating curves 
  • Creating surfaces from curves
  • Project Curves, Trim Surfaces & building off trim surfaces
  • Speed modeling techniques 
  • Familiarity with Interface
  • Participants will focus on 12 to 15 instructor lead tutors (and be able to obtain those models and excesses for life after the class)
  • Tips and tricks to gain design advantage; Design itteration, proving form, slight modifications etc
  • Focus on rounds and blends then forcing tangency
  • Tangent & Curvature definitions with examples in detail
  • Course is customization to focus upon any number of details such as rendering or modeling from your work projects (last few days)
  • Customization of use interface & marker menu
  • Rendering complete with procedural, and environment mapping, lighting.


  • Discuss proper & improper modeling techniques then look at advanced models techniques with examples.  Discuss a maturation and cultivation for future design approach with respect to modeling techniques.
  • Export and import functions to Creo, NX or Solidworks
  • Work with individual or corporate projects
  • Blend Curves vs regular Alias Curves
  • Rail, Square & Skin surfaces and compare with other more robust tools and techniques. 
Alias Speaker built with the Square surfacing tool
Alias Speaker built with the Square surfacing tool


  • Creating proper surfaces
  • Building geometry as lightly as possible
  • Importing into your engineering tools such as Solidworks, NX or Creo
  • Compare to Alias Design to Alias Surface & Alias Auto Studio
  • Manage light reflections
  • How to approach various models from a concept perspective vs a free from sculpting perspective
  • How to explain curvature continuity to engineers (non designers) 
  • Compare Skin and Freeform blend with examples
one of several flower vase models in the learning to design with Alias intensive
one of several flower vase models in the learning to design with Alias intensive

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*Please note that prices listed on this page are based upon pre-payment prior to the start of the class