Sketching, Modeling & Rendering with Alias Studio
The industrial design process is a very iterative process. Through sketches, study models and renderings, designers continually refine a design as they get feedback from users, engineers and management. This process has traditionally been very hands-on as designers sketch, make study models and create renderings.
This courses helps students understand how computer based tools can be integrated throughout the industrial design process. Working with Autodesk’s Industrial Design suite of software (Sketchbook Designer, Alias Design and Showcase), students will learn how these tools can be used throughout the design process. Sketchbook Designer is a hybrid vector/pixel sketching software that makes sketching quick and easy to update. Alias Designer is a NURBs/surface based CAID software that can model almost any form from consumer goods to automotive. Showcase is a presentation software that can quickly present designs in realistic environments with alternate materials and easy to setup shots and animations. With all three of these tools, almost all aspects of the industrial design process is covered.
This course is for junior, senior and graduate level industrial design students as well as non-industrial design students. Besides exploring these particular tools, it will provide a good overview of the industrial design process and how this fits into a product development process.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate knowledge, skill and abilities in the following areas:
- Understand how CAID software integrates into the industrial design process
- Learn how to use Sketchbook Designer to quickly and easily sketch concepts
- Understand how Alias Design can model alternate forms as well as high-end forms
- Understand how Showcase can present designs through Alternates and Shots
Helpful to know another CAD software and some experience with Photoshop or Illustrator
Class Time & Location
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:35 – 10:55 am Computing Lab – Room 358
|1||Class Introduction||Interface Basics – Transforming Objects|
Project 1 – “Basic Modeling”
Curves – Constructing & Manipulating
|Surfaces – Constructing & Manipulating|
|3||Details – Constructing||
Project 1 Due
Project 2 – “Concept Modeling”
Dynamic Shape Modeling – Lattice Rig
|Dynamic Shape Modeling – Twist, Bend & Conform Rigs|
Project 2 Due
Project 3 – “Sketching & Detail Modeling”
Sketching – Brushes & Layers
|Sketching – Creating Mask/Shapes|
|7||3D Mouse – Body Form & Rounds||3D Mouse – Body Form & Rounds|
|8||3D Mouse – Front Buttons||3D Mouse – Pads/Connectors|
|3D Mouse – Display & Screen|
|10||Hardware Shade – Adding Graphics &Creating a Presentation||
Project 3 Due
Project 4 – “Presenting Your Design”
Showcase – Workflow & Importing
|Showcase – Environments, Materials, Ambient Shadows|
|12||Showcase – Lights, Shots & Alternates||
Project 4 Due
Project 5 – “Advance Modeling & Rendering”
Bottle Form – Overall Form & Transitions
|Bottle Form – Bulges/Cut-ins|
|14||Bottle Form – Other Tools||
|15||Bottle Form – Rendering||Curve Networks/Data Exchange|
|16||Project Work||Project Work|
Project 5 and Regrade projects due.
Project 1 – Basic Modeling
Project 2 – Concept Modeling
Project 3 – Sketching & Detail Modeling
Project 4 – Presenting Your Design
Project 5 – Advance Modeling & Rendering
Alias Tutorial Page – Collection of links to tutorials developed for this course as well links to online tutorials
Sketchbook Tutorial Page – Collection of links to tutorials developed for this course as well links to online tutorials
Showcase Tutorial Page – Collection of links to tutorials developed for this course as well links to online tutorials
Autodesk Alias Education Curriculum– The curriculum materials move in a logical progression from fundamental skills for working in 3D to the production of concept models and renderings.
Autodesk Showcase Community – User community website for Showcase that is part of the AREA – Digital Entertainment & Visualization Community
Autodesk Student Engineering & Design Community– Autodesk offers full versions of their software for students to use. This is the software used for this course: Alias Design (Mac or Windows), Sketchbook Designer (Mac or Windows) & Showcase.
Autodesk Design and Product Design Suite Review – Nice write up at core77
Project Falcon – Project Falcon for Autodesk® Alias software is a wind tunnel simulator that seamlessly integrates with Alias allowing designers to interactively investigate the aerodynamic performance of their designs at any stage.