Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Getting Good Highlights

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“Perfecting” Highlights Autodesk Alias Automotive Exterior Model

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My Job at Audi AG as a clay modeller was to produce a model A6, usually 1:5 scale, which would be outstanding above the collection of 5 or so other models built in other studios all over the world. A highly talented designer who has great powers of visualization, can only ever be as good as his/her modeller.

How Did We Win Design Shows

To win a Styling design show you must not only have a good aesthetic design concept, but you must model it to the highest surface standards imaginable. A car exterior is perceived much as a piece of jewelery is. It must shine and sparkle and the highlights must run evenly across its surfaces.

Highlights Show Off surface Perfection

An error of a few hundredths of 1mm can be detected by the human eye as an imperfection and therefore a loss of quality

Audi Spend more on Highlighting Their Models

Audis are expensive cars and there is more money available in the Styling budget than at Ford say. My model of the A6 conceived in 1999 and produced 6 years later had extremely accurate surfaces and therefore accurate highlights and that’s why it survived all the many design shows, where all the top brass came and would successively axe projects until only our model was left (Satoshi Wada and me).

Autodesk Alias Move CV Tool

I have spent many hours using the above tool to pull my CV’s in either XYZ world space or NUV (Normal to surface vectors).

It’s 5:30 am and I’m too tired to write about all the tools  and diagnostics I use to help me understand surfaces enough to be able to tweak Cv’s until I have the highlights flowing where  I want then, but I’ll do a special post on it soon with all the necessary screenshots.

In go Some Parting Lines

Parting lines on a mobile phone are a challenge, but on a car they are tremendously difficult. If you are an expert please write a comment with your Hot Tips for all us Alias Modelling Freaks

Front Reflectors Are in

Automotive reflectors are complicated structures and require many hours. Here I have made some simple ones with three cells in each reflector. I made them by throwing a draft surface back from the side light apperture. I then intersected the draft surfaces with a plane. Next I built three piggy back surfaces on the plane surf. and used the Proportional Modification tool to pull out CV’s to form the depressions in the reflector.[slickr-To Learn Alias Automotive to Industry entry level has been made easier. Why not visit my website and take a look for your self?

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Ball Corner -Modelling

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Hi Graham, I am surfacing in unigraphics and I wanted to ask how is your practise to model the tertiary surface i.e corner transition area or ball radius with degree 5 by 5 and single iso parm. Do you have any special method to go around doiing corner filleting. Any help would be appreciated if you could email me few tip for the same

Here is an Elegant Solution

I have found for modelling Magic Corners/ Ball Corners in Autodesk Alias. Once you have reached modelling the final surface you can then adjust it’s Surface Degrees and Iso’s.

This is not Complete,

but it comes from the official Alias Training Guide “Learning Design with Alias Studio Tools”. You should be able to down load a copy of this 300+ page document on line.I don’t know if this is what you were looking for, but I hope it helps.

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Please write in with your solutions to Navin’s problem. Thanks. graham

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Courses in order of cost:

“Course #1”.6 months Website Access

6 Months website access to all video tutorials, 167 Euros one-off payment (228 USD equivalent Nov.2011)

Courses, including reviews and coaching:

“Course #2A” Private Tuition Package

167 Euros per month (228 USD equivalent Nov.2011)
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250 Euros (USD. 339 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition with weekly reviews of your .wire. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Wheel Arch Blending

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Starting to Look Like an Automotive Exterior in Alias Autodesk

Now that I have created the Body Side I had to overcome the challenge of blending the Radial Wheel Arches “Eyebrows” into the body. On this car I started with the simpler front eyebrow. I didn’t allow it to flow into the shoulder to avoid creating complex modelling challenges. They can’t be avoided period, but as some of my students are not ready to take on anything more complex yet I am at this point avoiding asking them to create filleted intersection surfaces surface blends, where G3 condition is required.
Method for Making A BIG Radial Wheel Arch. Note the Numerous Radial Patches and the Curves Built with Construction Planes and the Align Tool

Front Eyebrow Built to join a Curve on Surface on the Body Side

I built the Front wheel arch to meet C_O_S that I had projected onto the body side.I started the construction by projecting curves for the 25mm wide wheel arch flange onto the body side. Next I created this flange surface on the body side surf. and then moved it out to where the outer edge of the wheel will be. Then I had to pull cv’s on the top part of the flange to make it vertical so that it would be in line with the wheel. You don’t want too many CV’s on your flange otherwise you won’t be able to pull out the shape. The more commonly used method is to build a sqaure that where you want the wheel arch flange and then project inner and outer curves onto it.

Creating the Fillet between Wheel Arch and Body Side

Here I used the Tubular Surface tool. This creates curves on both surfs. I trimmed out where the Tubular Surf. tool had intersected the Wheel arch and Body Side surfs. This creates a gap perfect for using the Free Form Fillet tool.

The Rear Eyebrow is Another Story

I went mad here and threw myself in the deep end by taking the wheel arch up onto the shoulder, this creates a very trick surface flow challenge. My solution was to make the wheel arch in one main piece, as a Square surf, deep enough so that it intersected the body side and the shoulder completely.

Next

I Intersected the surfs. and trimmed them all back, then I used the Tubular Surface tool and trimmed a gap between the surfaces where the fillet would be created. I built the free form fillet in 3 pieces and did a lot of CV pulling to get even a basically acceptable surface at the top of the wheel arch.

My More Advanced Students

Will get this task to tackle soon. I will give them a set of work flow instructions and when they get stuck, I’ll get their .wires coming in and they’ll then finish the task once they’ve got the feed back they need from me. Students find this system works well. It’s much cheaper than paying a teacher by the hour and as well as advancing quickly and never being in that horrible “I’m Stuck” place for long; there’s no time wasted in traveling.

It is By Doing This Difficult Stuff that you learn Most

Automotive Design Reflects Nature. A Curvaceous Woman is A Being of Great Beauty. A Car Exterior Tries to Emulate This

The Curves must look good from every aspect

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167 Euros (215 USD equivalent Sept. 2012) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers.

“#3 Full Pro. “Elite” Course”.

Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 200-250 Euros (USD. 260-320 approx. Sept. 2012) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

NB: Typically students pay 50% of the cost of the “Elite” course by monthly installments settling the balance over time,  once they have an Alias Automotive contract.

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Automotive Shoulder Surface

The Shoulder Surface Autodesk Alias

The shoulder is the surface that I most fear when attempting to build an automotive styling model in Alias.

It relies on 2 complex curves being exactly correct

If the inner and outer shoulder curves do not look beautiful in every view and have a perfect relationship to each other, the highlights will be horrible and the model wrecked.

Highlights a)

aWhat makes a car look beautifull is its basic form and the way in which its surfaces catch and reflect light. These reflections are called Highlights. If you look at the way the surface of a bBentley reflects light and then compare the accurace of the reflection with a cheap car, you will see that reflection of light establishes the degree of quality contained in the form.

Working With Top Stylists

I have been lucky enough to work with brilliant stylists like. Satoshi Wada at Audi and Gilles Vidal at Citroen and I know how much time they devote to getting the shoulder curves to flow smoothly in all views. They do this with a very trained eye and by using full size drawings onto which they lay 5mm black tapes and also by laying tape lines onto the clay model until they get them  absolutely right. These taped lines are accurate to 1mm on a full size clay model.

The Highlights b)

The highlights are very, very important, as they define the underlying form. They also look nice to the general public and when they are good, they convey the quality of the design to the viewer.

Highlights Deepend on 2 Things

  • The quality of the shoulder curves any kinks or any kind of surf. cont. breakdown and GOODBYE to your highlights
  • The consistency of the crowning between the 2 curves

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“Course #3”.

Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 250 Euros (USD. 300 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Proportional Modification Control



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Building a Sports Car in Autodesk Alias

The Inner Shoulder Line and Main Center Surfaces

It’s very important to build a very good quality curve for the inner shoulder, as this is perhaps the most important styling line after the YO lineAs you can see I have taken a lot of care to view this line from as many aspects as possible. If you can find any lumps or inflexions in it, you must sort them out before you continue, if you don’t sort it out at this stage, you are merely building massive defects into your main surfaces and your model WILL failOnce I got the shoulder line looking good, I mirrored it across the XZ and used the 2 curves to build a square surf. Next I increased the number of isoparms, as illustrated and then used the proportional Modification tool to pull the CV’s to produce a positive crowning in the surface.

Bulges on top of Wings

Here I projected 2 rectangles onto the hood top and built square surfs. onto the resulting C_O_S’s. I added extra CV rows to all 4 edges of the rectangular surfs. I needed 3 rows of CV’s close to each of the 4 surf. boundaries in order to maintain Positional alignment later when using the Prop.Mod tool to pull the CV’s. This is work in progress and the baby surfaces have not yet been blended into the parent surface

Aligning the Square Surfaces to the Parent Surface

Often when I build a Smaller surf. onto a parent surf. I don’t get Positional Continuity, so I delete the C_O_S ‘ s and create new C_O_S ‘ s using the Project Normal tool SET to 0.001mm. Once that’s done I use the Align tool to establish “P” at all boundaries.To Learn Alias Automotive to Industry entry level has been made easier. Why not visit my website and take a look for your self?

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and if you want to accelerate your progress to Ind. Entry level, why not sign-up for one of our Pro. Modelling courses now?

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“Course #3”.

Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 250 Euros (USD. 300 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – – Building a Cockpit



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I’ve Built the Cockpit Surfaces Across the YO Axis

There’s a good reason to build the center surfaces of a vehicle across the YO, as trying to build only the LHS. and then >Duplicate>Mirror, nearly always leaves you with a surface continuity break

I have used the Zebra diagnostic shading in conjunction with internal Curvature Combs

On the isoparms and tweaked at the Cv’s on the roof, in order to get the best surface I can at this early stage.TIP: Use the Move CV tool set step size to 0.01 initially move several CV’s in the required area, NOT JUST ONE and to finish off your CV Pulling, set step size to 0.001 mm.

I Saved The Cockpit Out and then Filletted it Just for Presentation Purposes

The real model has no fillets, as these I leave off until the last possible moment. Once you have destroyed the surface intersections, you are very limited, if you want to replace a surface or you don’t like the size fillet that you have created. You could untrim an re fillet, but in Industry you work with out corner fillets until near the end of the build.[slickr-flickr tag=”cockpit”]To Learn Alias Automotive to Industry entry level has been made easier. Why not visit my website and take a look for your self?

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“Course #2”.

167 Euros (200 USD equivalent Nov.2011) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers and is often given as a practical test at interviews.

“Course #3”.

Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 250 Euros (USD. 300 approx. Nov. 2011) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Starting an Automotive Model

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Getting started with an automotive model in Alias. Canvas planes are much more helpful to work from than image planes

I’m Starting an Improved Model of  My  Sports  Car

This is the second model. The first was freehand with no drawing or visual aids, such as Canvas Planes and unless you have a lot of experience making either physical or virtual automotive models, I simply don’t recommend it. Life is MUCH easier if you start with input sketches, canvases or image planes. I don’t like image planes and prefer to use canvases, which can be viewed in the perspective view.

I have set my model up so that the center of the front wheel is set on the origin in the Left view

I have spent quite a few years making clay models

And a physical model usually has the center of the front wheel arch set on the XO , but this will vary from one company to another

I have set all my canvases so that they sit

as described with the center of the front wheel arch an 0Y and then moved the canvases away from the model along their respective world axes.
I can’t get excited about this part of the preparation, but now that it’s done, everything is ready for me to throw myself into building a really good model.
Pictured below is an Audi A5 Sportback built by one of my students who is now a Digital Sculptor for GM.

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Many of my students make it to the top and succeed in becoming pro. Alias Digital Modelers. The hourly rate is very high and there are vacancies in UK. France, Germany, USA, Brazil etc.

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To Learn Alias Automotive to Industry Entry level has been made easier.

For student’s who have the objective of finding a CAD job in the near future, I still teach One to One students and all of these students get Automotive Modeling or Design/Modeling jobs, so it’s a great investment to make. The hourly rate is very high and there are vacancies in UK. France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, USA, Brazil etc. I can only take a maximum of 5-7 students at any one time. I teach all levels right up to Post Graduates. I have never had a Private student fail to get an Alias Automotive job (Companies include Ferrari, GM, Lotus, Opel, Audi Seat etc. ). If you wish to apply for a place, please email me with all your details.
Why not visit my website and take a look for your self?
Over 100 videos on many, many aspects of Learning Pro. Alias
I show you how to build a Complete Audi A5 Sportback (ext.) . Over 50 Videos on that alone !

Info. on Courses:

“Course #1”.

6 Months website access to all website based video tutorials, 167 Euros (215 USD equivalent Sept. 2012)

“Course #2”.

167 Euros (215 USD equivalent Sept. 2012) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers.

“#3 Full Pro. “Elite” Course”.

Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching 200-250 Euros (USD. 260-320 approx. Sept. 2012) per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

NB: Typically students pay 50% of the cost of the “Elite” course by monthly installments settling the balance over time,  once they have an Alias Automotive contract.

For more info,

Just register on my website and I’ll send you all the details
www.learningalias.co.uk

*** Special 25% Discounts for US students (Message me on my website for details)

USA:

If you are in the USA, just register and login, then go to Profile and you can pay your subscription with your US credit card. Absolutely no extra charges for currency conversion.

Regards

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Surface Fillet Tool – Alias Course



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It’s 3:34 am. and a Good Time for Learning Autodesk-Alias

I’ve returned to this front-end slab surface I built a couple of months back as a project for my students. After they did a few tutorials on the surface Fillet Tool and Washing Out fillets, I felt ready to start giving them the go ahead to start boldly cutting into their basic slab surfs. We’ve also built an inner wheel arch..

Industry at Times is Brutal

When your modelling in an industrial Alias environment you will often be asked by the stylist to hack into large areas of your model and incorporate radical design changes.It’s very annoying and upsetting when it happens, but you should never show that. Always see that your mission is to create a product that will sll in the market place and if Engineering or Styling want to make a big change to your model, it is because it’s in the best interest of the project and all the mouths that it feeds

I’ve built a lot of fillets and what I’ve learned, is

That one has to think through how the fillets are going to join at corners and some times it’s better to build them short of a corner and then model a trasitional surface to join the two fillet sets at the corner

Lighting an Automotive Front End

This is a student’s first go at lighting a front end:”This is dfinitely not easy. My effort is only just about acceptable and I need to improve my lighting skills a lot. In this sceene I have a directional light with a spot (vertically downwards) 2 spots on the front surfs. a spot on the front corner and then a final spot pointing at the radial wheel arch. My spots range in intensity from 75,000 – 300,000. I set my directional light to 1.0 and when I use Ambient my normal setting is 0.4 – 1.0″

It’s no good thinking about lighting without thinking about shaders at the same time.

I’ve improved the lighting a little on this students file and left some work for him to do: I’ve used a car paint shader and then layered a Clear Coat shader over it. For the inner wheel arch I needed a seperate shader with the reflectivity turned off and without the layering of the Clear Coat. There are loads of areas that could be improved both in the modelling and in the lighting, but here it is. Oohps! Looks like I’ve got a flat tyre. I have set the ground plane a little higher to give the effect of compression in the tyre, but I’ve over done it!Sheet metal features added to front end section

I have Shown a Screenshot of a Rough Model that I will Now Build an Accurate Model From.



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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Tennis Racket – 2 – Alias Course

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Student’s experience of trying to model the tennis racket:

Posted September 22, 2009, 9:35 am by Martin Tyminski

“Hi Graham, It’s 3 am and I’m too tired to write much, but here’s some nice pics. of stringing a tennis racket

—- in Autodesk Alias. It went a bit wrong on me, but I’m happy for a first attempt. I used the tubular surfacing tool for the strings.

Note that I have one yellow string too many

(top) and the string leaders on their way to thread through the eyes in the frame are intersecting the top string. Note to myself.”Next model. Get string layout 100% correct before starting to build the strings.”[slickr-flickr tag=”stringing”]

——Several Days later

A Real Tester

“This is not an easy model to make successfully. It is rated by a the author who is a top design consultant as, Medium Difficulty.The difficult parts of this model are

  • Blending the tubular frame with the forked tubes of the yoke
  • Creating the transitional surfaces inboard of where the above components meet (The blend Transitional Surfaces)
  • Creating the yoke (betyween the grip and the forked tubes)
  • Configuring the geometry for the strings

I have no interest in tennis rackets

and I wanted to abandon the project midway through, but I took a break and came Back to it and once I got involved in the mind stretching aspects of building the strings, I was hooked and loved it.”________________________________________________________________________

So as you can see learning Alias is REALLY tough at times and only students who are REALLY COMMITED will succeed in becoming Autodesk Alias pro’s.

The tutorial which is authored by Martin Tyminsky

is impeccably presented using 66 screenshots. At times the step by step instructions have gaps in them. Like most tutorials it’s impossible for the author to describe every single step and it is by overcoming the gaps and really having to work certain things out for yourself, that you really start to learn and start to become a Modeller and not simply a good copier.

Where to Find This Great Tutorial

http://aliasdesign.autodesk.com/learning/tutorials/

I personally also encountered some problems some of which I overcame

but the area I would improve upon should I build this model again would be the layout of the strings. I have too many strings and Instead of offsetting the vertical string by half a gap from the vertical center line, I have placed a string on the Y0. But it still looks Brilliant and I am really happy with the model.

Thanks to Martin Tyminski, we have ALL moved on a lot.

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Autodesk Alias Studio Tutorial – Tennis Racket – Alias Course

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Modelling a Tennis Racket 2 – 4 days Estimated

This tutorial was posted September 2009 by Martin Tyminski at:

www.aliasdesign.autodesk.com

IMHO. the most difficult parts of this model are

  • Blending the forked shaft with the main frame
  • modelling the stringing

Today I have several imgs. for you.

The first shows a student’s first try at making the transitional blend surface, room for improvement.

The others shows her much improved solutions, which I hope look a lot sweeter.

The tutorial is well laid out, beautifully illustrated and a real challenge to complete.
gusset-1
gusset-2
String geometry
stringing-3
stringing-3
Individual sections of strings assigned different colours to create logo
Frame with string protectorsThe last 2 imgs. are my own model
Finished racket

I used project and trim divide and then assigned various shaders to create some quick decorative detail

Logo trim divided and shaded

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Fast Track Full Pro. “One to One” Course with weekly reviews and coaching  200 GBP per month. One to One Private tuition. You will receive specific geometry and meshes and modeling from me personally where required, to help you to complete your exteriors quickly to an Industry entry level standard. This means a bigger investment, but once in an Alias modeling job you will get back what you invested many times over and be able to work anywhere in the world

NB: Typically students pay 50% of the cost of the “Elite” course by monthly installments settling the balance over time,  once they have an Alias Automotive contract.

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Regards

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