Understand the aesthetic and functional requirements of class A
Understand how Alias software can effectively tie Class-A modeling to earlier design modeling
Know tips and tricks of using Alias for class A that can improve your productivity
Autodesk Alias is used by leading global automotive brands for design and class A modeling. Alias's class A modeling tools in particular have been heavily invested in over the past several years. Autodesk is in the process of creating new learning material for class A that takes advantage of these new tools. In this class, class A expert Barry Kimball will introduce this new learning material.
Here is my past experience in a few short paragraphs. I began working at General Motor's building door inner and body side sheet metal. (A body side panel is the sheet metal structure the door hinges mount on) That experience allowed me to work with exterior surface data from GM's Styling group and eventually work in the Cadillac styling department. During that time I also realized the technical complexities of exterior and interior surface development. I had the opportunity to learn many software tools for analyzing and creating surface models. Over that time I became aware that I had a passion for developing software tools that aided in class-A surface development. I moved from GM to Alias|wavefront. My time at Alias sent me to Italy, German, England, and all over North America. Some trips would be for sales or training and others for benchmarking against competitive products. From Alias, I moved to Ford Motor Co. and developed training materials and mentored AutoStudio users in the creation of production and conceptual surface models. The last 18 months at Ford I spent working on the Ford GT production car in the Living Legends studio. From Ford I moved to Nissan Design America as a digital designer developing concept cars (Nissan Azeal) and many production vehicles. I then spent a short time working for Pratt & Miller Engineering building race cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles. Currently I am technical consultant for Autodesk Inc. in the Detroit area working with OEMs and many suppliers to implement Autodesk Solutions. During this time I have made a few discoveries. I have found that the basis for surface construction is not documented somewhere in a book or with an organization like the S.A.E. Many people would even insist that there are no fundamental rules, build what looks good. Contrary to that belief I would say that a community of users has established a set of criteria that defines acceptable surface data from a technical and aesthetic standpoint. This is not a list of tolerances, specific levels of continuity, degree of a surface, or even if the surface is NURBS or Bezier. Highly qualified surface modelers would identify proper surface construction based on a very short investigation of a 3D model, no matter what software was used to create the data.
With Autodesk, Inc., solutions, designers and engineers can use virtual models to explore, review, and fine-tune design variations. This talk will cover advanced visualization and design review workflows, including immersive virtual reality design review using head-mounted displays and tracking technologies with VRED Professional software; large-screen powerwall review using high-performance VRED ray-tracing clusters; and collaborative web/mobile design review solutions based on VRED Server.
This lecture will cover the current visualization process in the automotive sector and the integration into the product development process. On this basis, a great future scenario shows and explains the benefits of high-quality visualization to the department’s development, production, and sales.
VRED Server is a powerful solution that harnesses the power of VRED rendering technology and offers the possibility to enable customers to drive various custom applications with this unmatched technology, such as point-of-sale tools, configurators, visual collaboration, and so on. Learn more about this exciting solution in this class taught by Marek Trawny, the product manager of VRED.
This interactive class will demonstrate the importance of the discovery process at the beginning of any visualization or video project. After an introduction to the key elements of the discovery phase, the class attendees will collaborate to develop a set of questions to ask during discovery that will achieve the best results and reveal the single most important message to tell. Working in small groups, the class will then compete with each other to find the most compelling story in several scenarios based on typical client requests.
In this class we will cover multiple workflow paths, moving Alias SpeedForm conceptual data and evolving it into technically clean surfaces in Alias software. Starting with the Alias SpeedForm model, we will investigate what it looks like and the pros and cons of using this data directly. Then we will look at techniques to augment the data to cleaner surfaces. Finally we will use mesh-modeling techniques to work off the shape. One of the techniques we will use is scan data workflow. Students will gain a better practical understanding of how to move Alias SpeedForm data into Alias software.
There are so many techniques to save you time and help you create the surfaces you want in Alias software. I have found that many of these techniques are new to, or overlooked by, seasoned professionals and are certainly useful to new users as well. These methods of working can speed up your use of nearly every command within Alias software. This class applies to all surface work, from concept through production class “A” for any design, whether it’s product development or automotive.
Attendees will get an insider’s look at Autodesk’s newly-developed class A learning material for Alias in this class taught by Barry Kimball, recognized world expert in class A modeling and one of the authors of the material. Class members will learn about the key skills required to be an automotive class A modeler, which personality types typically make a good class A modeler, and what it’s like to work as a class A modeler. Additionally, we will discuss what defines class A modeling, and introduce the course content, which is designed to take a generally proficient Alias modeler and provide the skills needed to become a class A modeler.
This is a hands-on training course on using Alias SpeedForm and will cover the basics of creating a car. You will learn the interface, a couple of patch layout techniques, and several of the common tools you need to get started with Alias SpeedForm. You will then detail the model and finally materialize and view the model with real-time realism. Come equipped with Alias SpeedForm loaded and leave with a solid foundation of using Alias SpeedForm for your next creative design project.
Generative design is a design method in which the output is generated by a set of rules or an algorithm. It is based on parametric modeling and it is a fast method of exploring design possibilities. Dynamo is a generative design application equipped with a user friendly interface based on Visual Programming. It’s a language which provides users ability to create geometry through scripts without any deep programming knowledge and experience. It allows designers and engineers to create geometry relationships based on rules and logic rather than traditional sculpting/push-pull manipulations and allows to generate geometry which normally would be very time consuming. This session will focus on some aspects of the generative design focused on detail modelling based on surfaces and geometry (complex and irregular 3d patterns, random geometry and fractal geometry) and show how these designs can be integrated into Alias and Alias SpeedForm models.
This will be a presentation of Alias software projects carried on using history. We will discuss why this method is beneficial and what you can gain by using it. We will give a few direct examples of different ways of using this function to manage the history.
Even as more of the automotive design process is going digital, clay models still remain a critical part of the design and validation of automotive design. Scanning these clay models and bringing them back into the computer to be retopologized in preparation for the Class-A modeling process has been a time-intensive process historically. New advancements in Alias AutoStudio software simplify this reverse-engineering workflow. In this class you will learn more about these developments and discover how to speed up the physical-to-digital process.