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Autodesk Alias Surface 2017

Autodesk Alias Surface 2017

System Requirements:
  • Operating system Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit)
    Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1, 64-bit)
  • Browser Google Chrome™ Web browser
    Microsoft Internet Explorer® Web browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® Web browser
  • CPU 2 GHz 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • Graphics hardware Supported NVIDIA® or ATI graphics card with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated texture memory.
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
  • Disk space 5 GB
  • Pointing device Three-button mouse
    Wacom® graphics tablet for sketching (optional)
  • Operating system Apple® Mac OS® X 10.10.x (Yosemite) or Apple Mac OS 10.11.4 or higher (El Capitan). El Capitan versions lower than 10.11.4 are not supported.
  • Browser Apple Safari® Web browser
    Google Chrome™ Web browser
    Mozilla® Firefox® Web browser
  • CPU !!! Macs with Apple M1 chip are NOT supported yet !!!

    2 GHz 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • Graphics hardware Supported NVIDIA® or ATI graphics card with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated texture memory.
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
  • Disk space 5 GB
  • Pointing device Three-button mouse
    Wacom® graphics tablet for sketching (optional)

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Automotive Design & Styling

Industrial Design & Product Design Software

If your everyday work is related to the industrial art and you constantly strain after perfection in your work, you definitely should pay attention to the new release of Autodesk – the leading software corporation, specializing in developing software products for the engineering, architecture, media, manufacturing etc. Recently, the company released Autodesk Alias Surface 2017 – the best program developed for the needs of industrial and automotive designers. This particular version comprises a plethora of new features for fast and effective concept design, concept modeling, detailed design, surface modeling, Class-A surfacing, design communication and surface analysis.

Let’s hunt down all new features of this release and determine which of them are really significant and irreplaceable ones.

Concept Design

The main goal of concept design is to show the initial response of the design team to the project brief. With this release, you will spend less time on concept design. Autodesk Alias Surface 2017 contains the following enhancements:
• New tools for sketching and illustration that allow designers to draw projects and edit them, using newly integrated instruments.
• 3D sculpting. Work with 3D models is better now.
• Enhanced modeling of products. Working on the design of various forms, you can easily visualize them how many times you wish.
• New dynamic shape modeling allows you to work with product models and change them at any stage you want.

Detailed Design

Analyzing this category, it stands to mention that developers enhanced or added the following features:

• Seams and stitches. Now this option is automatic.
• Arrays of shapes are also automatic now. The process of duplicating objects around curves is faster and more flexible now.
• Enhanced surface creation. The work with surfaces is more precise and faster now. With the help of the new Revolve tool users can control pitch.

Surface Modeling

This category has undergone the most serious enhancements and specialists in the area of automotive design will surely appreciate all of them. First, global refit requires attention. Work with digital and physical models is more flexible and faster. Users can easily refit digital models.

Creation of Class-A surface takes less time as compared to the previous versions. Now, you can build them faster and have more control over them.

There are three types of surfaces that allow you to make and work on a surface on a mesh, using one of these types. Besides, the set of tools for selecting meshes was expanded.

Surface Analysis

The developers worked on reflections and ray effects. In order to create more precise models and get better results of work, the developers added a virtual tunnel of light, which allows them to study surfaces better.

Evaluation of surfaces allows designers to receive more precise feedback, concerning the form and quality of the model.

Design Communication

Speaking about this issue, it stands to mention that the product visualization is interactive now. Designers can work on and evaluate the results of work with their models with real-time visuals.

Besides, there are lots of shading assignments, enabling designers to change the color combinations in a slip second.

The process of data exchange is also more convenient now. Designers can share data with their colleagues in several clicks.

As you see, Autodesk Alias Surface 2017 is a very useful edition, able to change the working process of automotive designers for the better. For that reason, Alias Surface 2017 should be a “must have” tool for all industrial designers.

Concept design

Flexible product modeling Visualize forms with multiple iterations.
Dynamic shape modeling Edit product models at any stage.
3D sculpting Refine your 3D models.

Detailed design

Deck seam New seam added to Stitch and Seam tool.
Automatic arrays of shapes Path Array duplicates objects around curves.
Mathematically precise surface creation Use the Revolve tool to control pitch.
Stitches and seams Automatically create stitches and seams.
Surface chain select tool Select a chain of surfaces with one pick.
Multiblend tool Make smooth transitions between surfaces.

Surface Modeling & Class-A Surfacing

Improved Surface from Mesh tool Update original data with scanned clay data.
Global refit Refit your digital model to the changed physical model.
Precision surface modeling Automated surface creation and editing
Automated surface creation and editing Perform multiple operations with a single tool.
Multicurve profile input An advanced way to work with surfaces.
Efficient Multisurface Fillet tool Speed up the process from factor to surface fillet. 
Intelligent form factor capability Define ratios with Form Factor tools.
Scan data workflows: fit surface to mesh Place fit-surface patches on a mesh.
Scan data workflows: surface from mesh Create a surface on mesh with 1 of 3 surface types.
Scan data workflows: mesh selection techniques Use an expanded mesh selection toolset.

Surface Analysis

Light ray effects and reflections Study surfaces in a virtual tunnel of light.
Shading in clay Use clay for surface evaluation.
Isophotes for surface flow Reveal design motion and underlying shape.
Surface evaluation Get more accurate feedback on surface model quality.
VRED NURBS surface analysis More accurate, native spline definition analysis.

Design Communication & Product Visualization

Interactive product visualization Evaluate design options with real-time visuals.
Compelling photorealistic renderings Visualize your product with high-res imagery.
Convenient data exchange Share industrial design data.
VRED compatibility Quickly convert Alias files to VRED. 
Switch between shading assignments Easily switch between color combinations.
Variant configuration sets Capture your current view to return to it easily.

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