CAID1 for TD1

Advanced level step 1, 3 credits, 5ID117

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 For Master students this course could be continued with CAID 2 as a part of "Advanced Computer Aided Modelling and Visualization"

The main CAID program used is AutoDesk Alias Autostudio. From now on called just Alias. Also VRed (and KeyShot) is introduced.

Form of tuition

Tuition is in the form of lectures and practical training under the supervision of tutor. In the computer lab and on Zoom, exercises will be carried out under the guidance of an authorized teacher. All sections in the course are obligatory. 

The Alias Lessons could be found at:
Autodesk Alias Getting Started page: Foundation Tutorials  

Preliminary Schedule and required assignments:

Some cloud space resources

Overall Course Introduction

Welcome to the Alias Basic Course :)

Why Alias? What about Rhino, 3D-studio Max, Maya, Speed Form, ZBrush...

Download Alias 2021.1 on your own computer, here!

Expected learning outcomes

  • Ability to model and visualize
  • Use some NURBS tools (and subD tools)
  • Material and lightning effects for evaluation
  • Make your own simple 3D design 


How to Upload Assignments


 Cambro To English


Day 1 of first week

Alias Fundamentals

The Alias Lessons could be found at:
Autodesk Alias Getting Started page: Foundation Tutorials 

Alias 2020_Knowledge

Download Alias data files

Course Files _Orginal _240px


 Watch & Practise

Essential Skill Videos
Tumble Center                       Smart zooming

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F1 Interface Fundamentals

Introduction to F1 Tutorials

F1.1 Using the Alias File System

F1.2 Zooming, Panning, and Tumbling the Scene


Assignment #1

F1.3 Layers   


F1.3 Organizing Parts onto Layers






Continue: Watch & Practise

F1.4 Selecting and Grouping - Importing Wheels

F1.5 Moving, Scaling, and Rotating the Wheels

Interface and Problem Solving Tips




Day 2 of first week

F2 Geometry Fundamentals

Introduction to F2 Tutorials

F2.1 XYZ Dimensions and Accuracy

F2.2 Circles and the Information Window

Alias Theory Builder: NURBS Circles: Accuracy and Free Sculpting

F2.3 Importing a Polygon Mesh and Local Axes

F2.4 Pivot Points and Grouping

F2.5 Snapping with Mouse Constraints

F2.6 CV Sculpting a Cylinder

F2.7 Construction Planes - Working on an Angle

F2.8 CV Sculpting Cubes and Groups


Assignment #2
Sculpting a Car Seat

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Continue: Watch & Practise

F2 Using the Marking Menus and Shelves


F3 NURBS Fundamentals

Introduction to F3 Tutorials

F3.1 NURBS Surfaces 1 - Degree and CVs

The Golden Rules 1 to 5:

1 Create a good 'flow' of CVs

2 Use minimum number of CVs

3 Use single-span for smooth curves

4 Ensure tangency across the center line


5 Aim to use four-sided surfaces

F3.2 NURBS Surfaces 2 - Symmetry

F3.3 NURBS Curves - Spans and Edit Points

NURBS 2: Terminology

F3.4 Edit Point Curves - Car Outline Curves

The Golden Rule:  7 Build to theoretical edges

F3.5 Curve Tools - Offset and Trim

F3.6 Wheel Arch Curves

Alias Theory Builder:   NURBS Circles: Accuracy and Free Sculpting

 Skill Builder 3.7 - Multi-Span Curves

 Skill Builder 3.8 - Multi-Span Surfaces

Interface Shortcuts - Customizing Shelves



Day 3 of first week

 Assignment #3
W1.1 Import Your Own Sketches as Canvas Images

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Continue: Watch & Practise

F4 Projecting, Intersecting, and Trimming

Introduction to F4 Tutorials

F4.1 Projecting and Trimming Surfaces

F4.2 Intersecting and Trimming Surfaces

F4.3 Trimming the Wheel Arches

F4.4 Trimming the Side of the Car

 Skill Builder 4.5 - Intersecting the Roof Line

 Skill Builder 4.6 - Trim Divide

 Skill Builder 4.7 - Fitting the Side Surface

Interface & Trimming Tips





Day 4 of first week

F5 Building with Curves & Surface Tools

Introduction to F5 Tutorials

F5.1 Skin Surface and Construction History

F5.2 Skin, Planar, and Draft Surfaces

F5.3 Skin and Draft for Sketch Surfaces


Assignment #4
F5.4 Mono-Rail a "Car Hood"


F5.4 Swept Surface: Mono-Rail "Car Hood"

Continue: Watch & Practise

F5.5 Boundary Surfaces: Bi-Rail and Square

F5.6 Revolve Surface - Wheels

F5.7 Revolve Surface - Side Glass

 Skill Builder 5.8 - Parallel Roof Line

Interface and Surfacing Tips



(if you have some spare time then try this on your own...)

A conceptual 3D-sketch with only simple curves


Use only 3D-curves!

Hide Background Curves with a gray "Blob" (object)
 .Use your own background sketches or reuse some downloaded blueprints,


 Introduction to 

VRed VRED and

  • KeyShotKey Shot _240

  • How to use HDRI images

    • Copy an Environment from our Dosch Design library
  • Virtual Reality with VRed

    • Interaction within VR. Demonstration in one of our VR-labs


 Assignment #5

VRed Basics
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Make a Basic Rendering with VRed
Put your own "touch" on it!

Import your own modeor
 the Alias (Technicon) Car Aeromax.wire
Copy link address > and paste it in Windows

Paste Link Into Window

VRed Tutorials



Day 5 of first week


Workshop, finish up exercises and tutorials
Control and marking of your course status

 Assignment #6

Class A modeling




Day 1 of second week

Alias SubD Introduction

  • About me: Johan Wendesten, Surface designeer at Volvo Cars
  • About SubD: What is SubD used for. Why learn SubD
  • Goals and Motivation for this SubDweek

Low-poly vs. SubD

  • Low-poly in theory
  • Low-poly in practice
  • SubD in theory
  • SubD in practice
  • In conclusion

workshop I: Wooden vehicle

  • Configuring Alias
  • The Alias UI
  • Basic Modeling

Day 2 of second week

Tips and Tricks: Selections

  • Selecting Objects
  • Selecting Components

workshop II: Wooden vehicles

  •  Intermediate modeling

Student Project: getting Started

  • Project setup
  • Preparations
  • Exterior Modeling intro
  • Interior Modeling intro

Day 3 of second week

Tips and Tricks: Mesh Tools

  • Transform Tools
  • Cutting Tools
  • Adding Geometry
  • Edge loops vs. creases

Student Project: Model Refinements

  • Symmetry
  • Pivot Alignment
  • Transform Constraints
  • Using Deformers
  • Custom Scripts

Day 4 of second week

Tips and Tricks: Topology

  • Common Pitfalls
  • Surface Artifacts
  • Edge Flow
  • From Box to Smooth

Student Project: Adding detail

  • Design Interfaces
  • gaps and Shutlines
  • Modeling a wheel with Instances


Day 5 of second week

Tips and Tricks: Animation

  • The Concept of Animation
  • A simple Rig
  • keyframing

Student Project: Next Step

  • Export / Import
  • Hybrid Modeling

Assignment #7

Upload your own SubD model





  Examination form and marks

Examination is in the form of individual practical test and presentation of results of the given exercises at school.

In order to obtain credit for the course, all sections and assignments must be successfully completed. Students receive a mark of either Pass or Fail for each assignment and section. For those students who do not receive a mark of pass, another opportunity is provided to pass the assignment or examination after a period of time. Presentation must be done in person at the school premises.

To pass;

  • Save one (1) source-file for each of the above exercises
    • alias *.wire or
    • speedform *.sf3d
    • keyshot *.bip only if smaller than 50mb!
    • vred *.vpb only if smaller than 50mb! 
  • Save three (3) picture-files for each of the above exercises
  • Picture size must be exactly 1920x1080 pixels. Can you do it? ;)
  • Pictures has to be in tiff or PNG -format (not compressed as jpg)
  • Save all files through the Cambro student portal:
  • Show the lecturer all the nice   Pictures
    (within the school and not through a remote desktop)


Top PC Lab
Located in the top floor of the administration building at the left.


Student computer lab time
Monday to Friday   09.00 to 16.00
Wednesday 09.00 to 12.00

Tutor computer lab time
Monday       09.00 to 14.00
Tuesday      09.00 to 14.00
Wednesday  09.00 to 12.00
Thursday     09.00 to 12.00
Friday         09.00 to 14.00


Alias Community;
General Discussion
Alias Community _240p

Fast concept modelling with
Speed Form _240

Download    free softwares
Free Download _240

Our school Server full of files :)

School Server _240

Some VRed links:

VRed Lightning :

VRed overview webinar (30min)

From James Cronin




Nice Rendering with:
Key Shot _240


HDRI backgrounds
On the Web:   Google Search
On the school server 1
On the school server 2:


From Fridolin Beisert's
Autodesk Alias Instructional Transportation Design Video (1h 18m)

 Youtube and Autodesk:


Need a challenge? On your own. Make these:

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