Do you want a career as an Alias modeller?

I struggled with Alias when I first used it in industry. Even though I'd been trained in Alias and was already proficient with ICEM Surf, getting to grips with the hundreds of menus was daunting, let alone mastering the techniques of Alias surfacing. Instead of struggling for hours on your own trying to master Alias wouldn't you rather be able to achieve your surfacing and career goals more efficiently? If you join our training course you'll get in-depth step-by-step instructions along with the support of an experienced mentor who will help you develop your knowledge and skills to the highest level, ultimately preparing you for a career in industry.

What the Course Involves

  • On-line structured training.

  • Full-size scan data from real vehicles

  • Submit your models for review.

  • Direct email access to your instructor

  • Advice on your own models

  • New tutorials added regularly

Bonus material

  • Porsche Panamera scan data

    You will have access to a full-size high quality scan of a Porsche Panamera which you can download and use to develop your real-world surfacing skills.

  • Community

    You will be able to ask questions and share ideas with other students in our on-line community forum.

  • Reviews and Certification

    You will be able to submit your models for review to your instructor and get certificates as you complete the stages of the course.

Course content

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Outline & Learning Outcomes

  • 2

    Automotive Surfacing

    • The Automotive Design Process

    • Automotive Design Surfacing

    • Design Surfacing Systems: Alias and ICEM Surf

    • Quiz

  • 3

    Introduction to Alias

    • Freeform Curves & Surfaces

    • Alias User Interface

  • 4

    Viewing Models

    • Creating and Shading Objects

    • Moving the View

    • The View Window

  • 5

    Basic Object Manipulation

    • The 3D Axes System in Automotive Design

    • Quiz

    • Object Manipulation

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Model Management

    • Managing Files

    • Managing Objects: Layers

    • Managing Objects: Groups

  • 7

    2D Curves

    • Creating 2D Curves

    • Quiz

    • Modifying Curves

    • Curve Characteristics

    • Quiz

    • Curve Quality

    • NURBS, BSplines and Bezier

    • Circles and Arcs

    • Quiz

  • 8

    Multiple Curves

    • Matching Curves

    • Curve Trim and Extend

    • Offsetting Curves

    • Blend Curves

    • Symmetry

    • EXERCISE: Key Fob Stage 1: Curves

    • Curve and Grid Snapping

  • 9

    Menu Customisation

    • Alias User Interface

    • Marking Menu Customisation

    • Customising the Shelves

    • Hotkeys

  • 10

    Single Surfaces

    • Surface Characteristics

    • Surface Quality

    • Creating a Surface

    • Modifying Surfaces

    • Offsetting Surfaces

    • Curvature Analysis

    • Tidying CVs

  • 11

    Multiple Surfaces

    • Surface Structure

    • Construction Settings

    • Trimming Surfaces

    • Block Surfaces

    • Secondary Surfaces

    • Analysis Tools

    • Matching Surfaces

    • EXERCISE: Key Fob Stage 2: Block Surfaces

    • Fillets Part 1

    • Fillets Part 2

    • Fillet Corners

    • EXERCISE: Key Fob Stage 3: Fillets and Blends

    • EXERCISE: Key Fob Stage 4: Rendering

  • 12

    Surfaces of Revolution

    • Creating Surfaces of Revolution

    • Planes

    • EXERCISE: Wheel Stage 1: Preparation

    • EXERCISE: Wheel Stage 2: Revolves

    • EXERCISE: Wheel Stage 3: Spokes

    • EXERCISE: Wheel Stage 4: Completion

Coming Soon!

We will be adding more content on a regular basis. We've just received a full scan of a Porsche Panamera exterior! So this will be really exciting to work with! We'll being posting full tutorials of the A-class surfacing of this scan over the next few weeks.

Instructor

Steven Cobert

Steve has over 30 years automotive design experience as a CAS and A-class surfacer, manager, trainer and mentor using both Alias and ICEM Surf. In 1988, at Rover Group he trained others in the use of NURBS for A-class surfacing using Computervision's CADDS. He also learnt Alias and ICEM Surf. At Topologies he was the Senior ICEM Surf Support Engineer and trained hundreds of users in ICEM Surf at Ford, Bertrandt, Mahindra and Mahindra and many other companies. He formed Geodigm Ltd in 1999, delivering the Ford GT Mk 1 A class exterior to a strict 3 month deadline. This was one of many Alias and ICEM Surf projects successfully completed. He has also trained, mentored and managed hundreds of users in Alias and ICEM Surf for companies such as Bentley, Jaguar, Land-Rover and Lotus.

FAQ

  • Why is the course so expensive?

    Design surfacing is a well-paid career. To learn from an industry professional will always seem expensive at the beginning but it is the quickest way to develop your skills to a level where you will be employable. It's an investment like any other investment. If you become a surfacer in the UK, Europe or the United States you could earn the cost of a year's course membership back within 2 or 3 weeks, even on a starting salary.

  • Can you guarantee work at the end of the course?

    We can't guarantee work at the end of the course but if you have talent and apply yourself then there is every reason to think that you will succeed in industry. We will do everything that we can to help you along the way. If you successfully complete the whole course then we will help you market your abilities on-line. Everyone that our Senior Instructor Steve Cobert has trained has gone on to have a career in automotive surfacing.

  • What if I don't like the course?

    If you're not happy within the first 14 days of membership then we will give you a full refund. Whichever payment plan you're on you'll be able to cancel at any time without any penalty charge.

  • Can you give me a copy of Alias?

    You will have to have get access to Alias yourself. You can get a free 30 day download from Autodesk at https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/alias-products/free-trial or https://www.autodesk.com/products/alias-products/free-trial. You can get a 1 year Alias Educational License for Students, Lecturers and people wishing to learn Alias from https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/alias-autostudio

Testimonials

Barry Hale

Catia Champion & Industry Solution Specialist

Steve Cobert is one the most informative and knowledgeable people in the market place for digital geometry creation. He is software agnostic; uses the best tools to guarantee job completion to tight cost and time restrictions.

Phil Botley

Phil Botley, Alias Product Manager | Autodesk

Probably one of the best guys around to teach people the art of Surface modelling in Surf or Alias

Adam Kenney

Digital Modeller at Volvo Cars

Steve has a in-depth knowledge of the world of 3D design and creation. Not only the tools themselves but more importantly the theory & methodology that underpins all of these software packages. Most impressively, Steve takes pleasure in imparting that knowledge & experience to his students and peers. No matter how many questions I had (.. I had a lot!) he always took the time to explain everything in detail until he was happy it was understood.

Frank Farmer

Frank Farmer, ICEM Surf - 'A' Class Modeller

After the initial one weeks classroom training on ICEM Surf, I was put into a group with Steve Cobert as our mentor. Steve was great at answering all our questions and teaching tips and techniques to boost our knowledge in a progressive way. Steve is a highly experienced ICEM 'A' class surface modeller and has great patience and commitment as a teacher and mentor. The methods learnt from Steve have really stood me in good stead throughout my ICEM career of 8 years.

Richard Morgan

A-Class Surface engineer

Steve is a fountain of knowledge with regards Digital modelling of all types from CAS to A-Class. I was taught first principles by Steve over 10 years ago which gave me a base to have a decade in the industry working at a number of OEM’s using ICEM surf. I owe Steve as one of the people for giving me the platform to gain a career in this competitive environment. Steve will provide the experience needed to know how to not just be apart of the industry but one of the better users.

Pricing options

We are offering a 14 month subscription for the price of 12 to help our customers during the current crisis. This is a saving of £487 vs. a monthly subscription.