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  • Alias-Inventor Interoperability To execute design projects that require shapely, flowing forms, design teams have taken advantage of the CAD interoperability between Autodesk® Alias® Design software and Inventor for fast, high-quality data exchange between Industrial Designers and Mechanical Engineers. With the 2011 release, Autodesk® takes this interoperability to a whole new level.  Autodesk® Alias® Design for Inventor® is a version of Alias® Design created specifically for Inventor® users to provide integrated freeform shape modeling capabilities directly within the Inventor environment.   It installs directly into Inventor and is fully integrated.  This unique approach, of integrating freeform and parametric modeling, helps increase user productivity while reducing the learning curve.  Unlike the competition, Alias Design for Inventor is intuitive and flexible when it comes to creating freeform shapes.  The user deals with ‘shape and form’, not the parametric history or individual surfaces (NURBs).   In addition, Alias Design for Inventor helps users avoid potential interoperability issues by providing the ability to import and edit geometries from other CAD packages.  With seamless integration between design and engineering, Alias Design for Inventor lowers the barriers to creating appealing and practical designs.
  • Product boxes on bottom right of slides denote which product(s) this feature is available in.
  • System Diagnostics Alias now runs a system check to compare your hardware to the qualified hardware needed to run the application successfully. The system check automatically happens the first time the product is launched or if no Systems Diagnostics Log is found. Going forward, the system check will automatically occur on a monthly basis to confirm you are running at an optimal performance.
  • Non-proportional View and Dolly Interaction When modeling, you often need to judge geometry under a scaled view. To get to a specific non proportional view, Alias 2011 now uses a box-pick method. When you click and drag, a box is drawn on the screen. When you release the mouse button, the window fills with the content of the box. This new method is much faster than the typical click and drag method. Since this is an action that is often performed several times a day, the time savings can be significant.
  • Additive Selection Mode Based on user feedback, a new selection mode (Add) is now available. In this mode, all picked objects are added to the selection. Already picked objects remain picked. The “Middle mouse button” pull down menu shows the new option “Add”. Users can choose to work in classic mode or can customize the mouse button selection method—pick, unpick, add, or toggle.
  • Face Selection (Selection on the Interior of Surfaces) Surfaces can now be selected by clicking inside the wireframe. This is currently referred to as “face selection” in the UI. Another customer-requested enhancement, this productivity-enhancing option will help save significant time.
  • Anti-Alias Setting Changes Alias 2011 now offers the ability to choose between 3 different levels of hardware anti-aliasing: 4x, 8x, or 16x. Available for both wireframe and shade models, you can boost the level of anti-aliasing, depending on how much graphic power is needed.
  • Improved Edge Display The display of edges when surfaces overlap, especially when shaded, has been substantially improved.
  • Surface Continuity Locators The surface continuity locator display has been enhanced; locators appear crisper, allowing users to more clearly see the surface boundaries and their continuity.
  • Improved Ambient Occlusion Workflow In Alias 2011, users will now be prompted to orient all surfaces to face the same way before starting a calculation. Because setting up the occlusion is a very time-consuming calculation, this new feature will help to alleviate the extra work that resulted in past releases when users forgot to set the normal direction before starting their ambient occlusion calculations.
  • Improved Fit Curve Tool We have redesigned the Curve Edit > Fit Curve tool to allow the fitting of a curve to other types of curves beside section data. These include curves on surfaces, trim edges, isoparms (including surface edges and patch precision lines), and regular curves. The Fit Curve tool now provides fitting of 3D curves to Curve on Surface. This improvement will help users create substantially lighter surfaces and increase the overall mathematical quality level of surfaces created with either Alias Design, Alias Surface, or Alias Automotive.
  • Offsetting Surfaces with Unified Normals When offsetting several surfaces with Object Edit > Offset, an arrow now lets you choose the direction of the offset so that all surfaces are offset in a unified direction, regardless of their initial orientation. This new feature is beneficial because users will no longer need to verify that each single surface normal is pointing in the right direction.
  • G3 Continuity Responding to the challenge of improving smooth surface transitions by introducing G3 continuity, a new section type option―G3― has been added to the Surface Fillet tool for advanced curvature continuity. In addition, an option has been added for G3 curvature capabilities in the Freeform Blend and Profile Blend tools. Combine bullets – top and bullet
  • Improvements in CV Selection and Movement Since direct manipulation of control vertices (CVs) is key for modern surface development, improvements have been made to the CV selection functionality and to the behavior of movement, which is now more controllable and predictable in terms of direction, speed, and mouse sensitivity. The CV selection region (PickBox size) and manipulators have been increased to improve visibility, making it easier to pick and move a CV.
  • Vector Options within Project and Trim Tools You can now define the projection vector from within the Project tool using the Vector Options, in the same way as with the Align or Draft tool. Using this method, you do not have to change the view, or create a vector construction object before entering the Project tool. This option saves substantial time for users who mainly want to work in only the orthogonal window.
  • Curve Fit by Projection New curve-fit options have been added to the project tool for situations when the projection should be a real 3D curve instead of a Curve on Surface. These new options provide more customized workflows for Class-A modeling where it is essential to strictly work with single segmented/light surfaces.
  • New Editor for Creating Cross Sections All cross-section functionality has been consolidated within a single window, providing a consistent workflow for creating and managing cross sections. The new editor window provides all of the previous options from the evaluation and visual cross-sections tools. Additional enhancements include support of measurement tools, snapping functionality, and the use of construction planes to create planar sections. Plus, all visual cross sections can now be promoted as real 3D curves. A new Global option is available for automatically creating visual sections for all visible geometry in the scene. This feature is especially helpful when creating new geometry, as significant design time can be saved since the cross section doesn’t have to be applied each time.
  • New Pedestrian Protection Evaluation Tool This tool (Evaluate > Pedestrian Protection) allows a car designer to evaluate pedestrian impact with a car hood. By knowing where the head impacts the hood, the design can be modified to reduce collisions with stiff under-structures. The evaluation is based on pedestrian height, width of impact zone, ground height, and car hood surfaces to accommodate country specific standards.
  • Whats New in Autodesk Alias 2011

    1. 1. Autodesk Alias 2011 What’s New Image courtesy of Astro Studios www.AE-Solutions.com/Autodesk
    2. 2. Alias Design Rapidly develop and communicate product designs using sketching, modeling, illustrations, photorealistic renderings, and animations <ul><ul><li>Alias Design for Inventor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides integrated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>freeform shape modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>capabilities directly within </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the Inventor environment </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Alias Design 2011: Key Focus <ul><li>Extending Inventor with new complex, freeform shape modeling capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>New level of integration between Design, Engineering and Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>User productivity and approachability </li></ul>
    4. 4. New Product Alias Design for Inventor <ul><li>Unites Mechanical Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>and Industrial Design </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Work directly within Inventor </li></ul><ul><li>Easily create flowing forms </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates freeform and parametric modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Import and Edit geometry from other CAD packages </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Industry leading NURBs and Bezier modeling, technical surfacing and reverse engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automotive styling solution from the first creative sketch to technical surfacing and visualization </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Alias Surface/Alias Automotive 2011: Key Focus <ul><ul><li>Increase competitiveness in Technical Surfacing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value for Automotive customers </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. General Improvements <ul><li>New and improved functionality in the Alias 2011 family of products further helps lower barriers of adoption and increases modeling productivity and design quality </li></ul>Alias Family 2011 <ul><li>System Diagnostics </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Proportional View and Dolly Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Additive Selection Mode </li></ul><ul><li>Face Selection </li></ul>Image courtesy of Daniel Simon, Cosmic Motors
    8. 8. System Diagnostics <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automatic system check first time Alias is launched </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Then occurs monthly to confirm optimal system performance </li></ul></ul></ul>General Improvements
    9. 9. Non-Proportional View and Dolly Interaction General Improvements <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Uses bounding box method for non-proportional view </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faster than typical click-and-drag </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click and drag to draw a box </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Release mouse button to fill box </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Additive Selection Mode <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New “add” selection mode is now </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse button customization </li></ul></ul></ul>General Improvements
    11. 11. Face Selection <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surfaces can now be selected by clicking inside the wireframe </li></ul></ul></ul>General Improvements
    12. 12. Visualization Autodesk Alias 2011 <ul><li>Anti-Alias Setting Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Edge Display </li></ul><ul><li>Surface Continuity Locators </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Ambient Occlusion Workflow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced visualization functionality helps to communicate design intent more efficiently </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of Henry Goecke
    13. 13. Anti-Alias Setting Change <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boost the level of anti-aliasing depending on how much graphic power is needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose between 3 different levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of hardware antialiasing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase antialiasing power for both wireframe and shade models </li></ul></ul></ul>Visualization
    14. 14. Improved Edge Display Visualization <ul><ul><ul><li>What’s New </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Display of edges when surfaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>overlap has been substantially improved, especially when shaded </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Surface Continuity Locators Visualization <ul><ul><ul><li>What’s New </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved display makes locators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>appear clearer and crisper </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Improved Ambient Occlusion Workflow Visualization <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When starting a calculation, a prompt reminds user to orient all surfaces the same way </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Modeling <ul><li>New and enhanced functionality adds to the vast range of product modeling techniques </li></ul>Autodesk Alias 2011 <ul><li>Improved Fit Curve Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Offsetting Surfaces with Unified Normals </li></ul><ul><li>G3 Continuity </li></ul><ul><li>CV Selection and Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Vector Options </li></ul><ul><li>Curve Fit by Projection </li></ul>
    18. 18. Improved Fit Curve Tool Modeling <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Redesigned fit curve tool helps users create substantially lighter surfaces with a higher quality level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now allows the fitting of curves to: curves on surface, trim edges, isoparms, section data, and regular curves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved mathematical quality level </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Offsetting Surfaces with Unified Normals Modeling <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An arrow indicator now lets you choose the direction of the offset regardless of initial orientation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No longer need to verify that each single surface normal is pointing in the right direction </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. G3 Continuity <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New “G3” section type option </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available in surface fillet, freeform blend and profile blend tools </li></ul></ul></ul>Modeling
    21. 21. CV Selection and Movement Improvements <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements to the direction, speed and mouse sensitivity make it more controllable and predictable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved visibility makes it easier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to pick and move a CV </li></ul></ul></ul>Modeling
    22. 22. Vector Options with Project and Trim Tools <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Define projection vector from within the project tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No longer need to change view or create a vector construction object </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Modeling
    23. 23. Curve Fit by Projection <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New curve fit options have been added to the project tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More customized workflows for </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Class-A modeling </li></ul></ul></ul>Modeling
    24. 24. Evaluation <ul><li>The intuitive user interface of Autodesk Alias products </li></ul><ul><li>shortens the learning curve and speeds your workflow . </li></ul>Autodesk Alias 2011 <ul><li>Cross Section Creation Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Protection Evaluation Tool </li></ul>
    25. 25. Editor for Creating Cross Sections Evaluation <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Functionality consolidated within a single window </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support of measurement tools, snapping and construction planes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically create visual sections for all visual geometry in the scene </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Pedestrian Protection Evaluation Tool Evaluation <ul><li>What’s New </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can evaluate pedestrian impact with a car hood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designs can be modified to reduce collisions with stiff-under structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate design based on pedestrian size, width of impact zone, ground height and car hood surfaces </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. What’s New Highlights Autodesk Alias Family 2011 <ul><li>General Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>System Diagnostics </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Proportional View and Dolly Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Additive Selection Mode </li></ul><ul><li>Face Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-alias Setting Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Edge Display </li></ul><ul><li>Surface Continuity Locator </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Ambient Occlusion Workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Fit Curve Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Offsetting Surfaces with Unified Normals </li></ul><ul><li>G3 Continuity </li></ul><ul><li>CV Selection and Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Vector Options w/ Project and Trim Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Curve Fit by Projection </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>New Editor for Creating Cross Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Protection Evaluation Tool </li></ul>
    28. 28. www.AE-Solutions.com/Autodesk