Autodesk Alias training
Alias Design Essentials training

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Key details

Key details

Autodesk Alias training for beginners, teaching key techniques for sketching, product design and visualisation.

Alias Design is a powerful surfacing and designing software used widely in industries with a requirement to design and style – primarily automotive, but also marine, aerospace, sports equipment, consumer products and others. Alias Design offers a comprehensive toolset that enables designers to transfer their ideas into reality.

Our Alias Design Essentials course teaches new users key techniques in the software. Sessions include:

  • Overview of the Alias interface.
  • An introduction to the principles of basic curve and surface creation and geometry manipulation.
  • Concept surfacing and technical surfacing.
  • Overview of industry surface modelling best practises and procedures.

Alias Design Essentials training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Alias courses.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the type of design work you’re going to be doing.

Accredited Alias training

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Alias training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Alias courses are hosted by Carl Portman, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, with vast experience of using the application professionally.

How will I learn?

Alias training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running Alias.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Alias Design, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Alias Design training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Alias training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Alias trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior Alias software experience is necessary. Experience using an Autodesk application such as AutoCAD is beneficial but not essential.

Alias version

Training can be based on any version of Alias Design to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Alias Design training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Alias Design Essentials course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Alias Design Essentials course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Carl Portman

AutoCAD Mechanical trainer Carl Portman

Alias courses are hosted by Carl Portman.

Carl has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, and a CAD consultant for 35 years. He lectures in 3D modelling at a local college (City and Guilds).

Carl’s background is in engineering, with his specialism being automotive. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of a wide range of 3D design applications. As well as Alias, he hosts courses in AutoCAD, Fusion 360 and Inventor, and Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.

Until recently, Carl raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Course content

Course content

Getting Started with Autodesk Alias Design

  • Introduction to Alias Design
  • Basic Terms used in Alias Design
  • Representation of Curves
  • Representation of Surfaces
  • Other Alias products: Automotive, AutoStudio, Surface, VRED
  • The Alias Design Interface
  • History View
  • Windows Layouts
  • Marking Menus
  • Viewing Panels
  • ViewCube
  • Workflows in Alias Design
  • Understanding Symbols in Menu, Palette, and Shelves Window
  • Hot Keys
  • Creating Customized Schemes
  • Object Lister Window
  • Different States of Node

Working with Basic Tools

  • Introduction to Basic Tools
  • Selecting Tools
  • Methods of Creating Objects
  • Creating Keypoint Curves
  • Features of a Curve
  • Creating Curves
  • Creating Primitives
  • Pick Tools
  • Transform Tools
  • Shading Objects in View Windows

Working with Surfaces

  • Creating Surfaces
  • Editing Features
  • Editing Keypoint Curves
  • Construction Objects
  • Working with Layers
  • Controlling the Display of Objects
  • Controlling the Visibility of Objects
  • Secondary Surfaces
  • Creating a Fillet Surface
  • Creating Freeform Blend Surface
  • Creating a Profile Blend Surface
  • Modifying the Objects Proportionally
  • Moving the CVs Normally

Editing Surfaces

  • Generating Curves-on-Surface
  • Duplicating Objects

Advanced Surface Modelling Tools

  • Advanced Surfaces
  • Creating a Rail Surface
  • Creating a Square Surface
  • Creating N-Sided Surfaces
  • Creating Multi-Surface Drafts
  • Transforming the CVs and Hulls
  • Advanced Modelling
  • Refining the Edges of Surfaces

Editing Tools

  • Editing Curves
  • Modifying a Curve
  • Breaking Curves
  • Sectioning a Group of Curves
  • Editing Objects
  • Attaching Objects
  • Detaching an Object
  • Inserting Edit Points into an Object
  • Extending an Object
  • Offsetting Objects
  • Setting the Surface Orientation
  • Unifying the Normals of Surfaces

Advanced Modelling and Editing Tools

  • Dynamic Shape Modelling
  • Dynamic Shape Modelling Tools
  • Understanding Curve Networks

Working with Meshes

  • Creating Meshes
  • Projection on Mesh
  • Mesh Partitioning Operations
  • Defects in Meshes
  • Repairing Meshes

Basics of Rendering

  • Introduction to Rendering
  • Types of Renderers
  • Commonly used Terms in Rendering
  • Using the VRED Renderer
“Really great experience. Definately worth the money. Really enjoyed working and spending the time with my tutor, who not importantly gave me what I was seeking the most - time. I generally believe this is going to excel my career prospects and I am so happy that I went on this course.”

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