CAID1 for TD1

Advanced level step 1, 3 credits, 5ID117

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, KeyShot and Speedform is introduced.

Form of tuition

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

Autodesk Alias Getting Started page: Foundation Tutorials 
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Preliminary Schedule and required assignments:

Day 1

Welcome to the Alias Basic Course :)

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

Download Alias on your own computer. Here!

Autodesk Education Community

Expected learning outcomes

  • Ability to model and visualise
  • Use some NURBS tool
  • Material and lightning effects for evaluation
  • Make your own simple 3D designs 

Download data files

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How to Upload Assignments


 Cambro To English


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

F2 Geometry Fundamentals

Introduction to F2 Tutorials

F2.1 XYZ Dimensions and Accuracy

F2.2 Circles and the Information Window

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

F3.2 NURBS Surfaces 2 - Symmetry

F3.3 NURBS Curves - Spans and Edit Points

F3.4 Edit Point Curves - Car Outline Curves

F3.5 Curve Tools - Offset and Trim

F3.6 Wheel Arch Curves

 Skill Builder 3.7 - Multi-Span Curves

 Skill Builder 3.8 - Multi-Span Surfaces

Interface Shortcuts - Customizing Shelves



Day 3

 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

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



What about SpeedForm, Sub-D and Maya?!

Speed Form _240 Speedform info



Assignment #5

Make a conceptual 3D-sketch


Use only 3D-curves!

Hide Background Curves with a gray "Blob" (object)

Use your own background sketches or reuse some downloaded blueprints,









 Day 5

Assignment #6

Class A modeling

What is it?


Introduction to 

VRed VRED and

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  • 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 #7

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

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

Paste Link Into Window

VRed Tutorials






Day 6

F6 Aligning & Matching Surfaces & Curves

Introduction to F6 Tutorials and the Align Tool

F6.1 Curve Fillet and Continuity


Assignment #8

Bi-Rail and Continuity

F6.2 Bi-Rail Surface and Continuity

Bi Rail Surf Cont OptionsRebuild Explicit Locators





Continue: Watch & Practise

F6.3 Surface Fillet and Round

F6.4 Introduction to Freeform Blend

F6.5 Freeform Blend - Wheel Arch Layout

F6.6 Construction Tolerances, Square, and Align

F6.7 Introduction to Blend Curves

 Skill Builder 6.8 - Detailing the Roof Window

 Skill Builder 6.9 - Rail: Patch Layout and Problem

 Skill Builder 6.10 - Rail: Curve Segments

 Skill Builder 6.11 - Completing the Front Wheelarch

Interface and problem solving tips


Fundamentals Skill Builder Project



Day 8

Completing the assignments :)

If you have time :) then continue to work with;


W1 Concept Modeling

Introduction to Concept Modeling

W1.1 Importing Sketches as Canvas Images

W1.2 Lattice Rig for Rapid Evolution of Shape

W1.3 Overlay Canvases for Design and Presentation

W1.4 Designing a Wheel Using Instances

W1.5 Groove, Round, and Draft Details for the Wheel

Download the data files for W1

Day 9, 10

Completing the assignments :)

Something on the "3D-Wishlist"?...

look into interesting 3D-modelling or Rendering problems.


  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
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Fast concept modelling with
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Download    free softwares
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Our school Server full of files :)

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Some VRed links:

VRed Lightning :

VRed overview webinar (30min)

From James Cronin




Nice Rendering with:
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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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