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CAD – Alias AutoStudio

Alias began in the early 80’s in Toronto as ‘Alias Research’. In 1995, Silicon Graphics (SGI) bought Alias Research of Toronto and Wavefront Technologies of Santa Barbara forming ‘Alias Wavefront’. In 2003, twenty years after its inception, the company took the name ‘Alias’.

Alias produces the leading automotive design software AutoStudio. AutoStudio is a programme to design and visualise full scale automotive projects. It is accompanied by a range of hardware and software products including sketching tools and advanced rendering and visualisation functions. AutoStudio customers include: BMW, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Italdesign.

What it does

Alias AutoStudio allows a user to access a range of features which assists them in everything from concept sketches to Class-A surfacing.

Principle Features

  • Sketching
  • Concept Design
  • Cloud Data Processing
  • Advanced Modelling
  • Advanced Surface Evaluation
  • Visualisation
  • CAD Integration

In Brief

User Interaction

A user interface that enables creativity and efficiency


A complete set of tools for 2D design work tightly integrated into a 3D modelling environment

2D / 3D Integration

Take advantage of your sketching skills throughout the design process. Add details and explore ideas quickly by sketching over 3D forms before taking the time to model them.

Modelling (Modeling)

Industry-leading, NURBS-based surface modeller.

Advanced Automotive Surfacing Tools

Surface creation tools that maintain positional, tangent or curvature continuity between surfaces – for high quality, manufacturable results.

Reverse Engineering

Tools for importing and configuring cloud data sets from scanners for visualising, as well as extracting feature lines and building surfaces based on cloud data.

Evaluation Tools

Tools to analyse and evaluate the styling and physical properties of curves and surfaces interactively, while creating and editing geometry.


Create photorealistic images using textures, colours, highlights, shadows, reflections and backgrounds.


Animations can be used for high quality design presentations, design analysis of mechanisms, motion and ergonomic studies, manufacturing or assembly simulation.

Data Integration

Support for industry-standard data formats and a wide range of peripheral devices.

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