Autodesk AliasStudio window
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Autodesk Alias (formerly known as Alias StudioTools) is a family of Computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software predominantly used in Automotive Design and Industrial Design for generating Class A surfaces using Bézier surface and NURBS modeling method.
The product is sold specifically as CAID rather than CAD, and its tools and abilities are oriented more towards the "styling" aspect of design - that is to say, the product's housing and outer appearance. It does not go into mechanical detail like other CAD programs such as Siemens NX, Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks, but has a much more powerful set of tools for the creation of precisely sculpted curves and surfaces and all 'touch and feel' surfaces of any part that demands aesthetic finish.
Alias software was developed by four Computer scientists: Stephen Bingham, Nigel McGrath, Susan McKenna and David Springer to create an easy-to-use software realistic 3D package to produce realistic 3D graphic models.
Initial versions were to be run only on SGIs super-microcomputer using 64-bit Motorola processors and Irix OS, until late 90's when Windows platform could use 64 bit chips. In 2011 Mac versions were launched.The company soon emerged as a premier software product company that produced high-end 3D graphics software.
Under Silicon Graphics
In 1995, Alias Research was purchased by Silicon Graphics and merged Wavefront Technologies, another 3D software graphics company founded in 1984 at Santa Barbara, California, to form Alias/Wavefront which was later renamed as Alias Systems Corporation.
The product suit starts with Alias Design as the entry-level conceptual design system, progressing to Alias Surface, and then to Alias Automotive as the top-of-the-line product with all of the options.
Tools for sketching, modeling and visualization are combined in one software package. It meets the specialized needs of designers: sketching, freedom to experiment with shape and form, creating organic shapes, visualization for design review, and data exchange with CAD packages.
As of version 2019, Autodesk Alias was split into separate standalone products:
- Autodesk Alias AutoStudio (formerly Autodesk Alias Automotive)
- Autodesk Alias Surface (formerly Autodesk Surface Studio)
- Autodesk Alias Concept ( formerly Autodesk Design Studio)
- Autodesk Alias SpeedForm.
Usage and application
Autodesk Alias is often used for design and styling in the automotive, marine, aircraft, sporting equipment, packaging electronic enclosure, children's toy, and fashion accessory markets.
Alias .wire data reads directly into Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk ImageStudio, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk VRED and It exports into several other 3D engineering packages via IGES or STEP such as Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens and CATIA for further downstream detailing and operations.
- Automotive design
- Product design
- Class A surfaces
- Autodesk Alias Surface
- Silicon Graphics
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