CAID2 for TD

Time to 3D Design and prototype!

  This 3-point course is in the first year of Master and is a part of "Advanced Computer Aided Modeling and Visualization". (The other part is CAD)

The CAID program used is Autodesk Alias Automotive on Windows based workstations.

Goal and contents

Students are given training in CAID on a deeper level in order to be able to create advanced 3D models and make effective visualizations.

The aim is to give a more in depth knowledge of the tools in a CAID program.


Concepts covered:

Understand the different modeling strategies available to maximize modeling efficiency.
Determine the softwares role in the design workflow.
Customize construction tolerances and linear units.
Construct efficient curves with optimal parameterization and minimal geometry
Define G0, G1, and G2 continuity and the importance of each to curve and surface construction
Manipulate curves using the tools found in the curve edit palette
Understand the criteria for primary and transitional surfaces
Construct primary surfaces using the set planar, revolve, skin, extrude and monorail surfacing tools

Construct transitional surfaces using birail, square, fillet and round
Understand when and where the options related to continuity and rebuilding of surfaces should be applied
Edit surfaces using freeform CV pulling and precise manipulation methods

Evaluate curves and surfaces to ensure desired curvature and continuity characteristics.  Create stitched models for Boolean operations or output to solid modeling packages

Understand the process of data transfer as it relates to their designs to other CAD systems. An overview of the merits and limitations of various file transfer formats (i.e.: IGES, STEP etc.), tips and traps will be provided
Prepare models for successful rapid prototyping output



Completion of CAID 1

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 authorized teacher. All sections in the course are obligatory.

Examination form and marks

Examination is in the form of individual practical tests and presentation of results of the given exercises at the school.

In order to obtain credit for the 3-points 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.


Alias Foundation Tutorials

Day 1 in Week 1(of 3)

Do you need to repeat some parts of the CAID1 course?     ;)
Go through chapter 6!

F6 Aligning & Matching Surfaces &Curves

Foundation Tutorials from chapter 6;

Data transfer

  • Export proccess, Neutral file formats, STL, OBJ, IGES andSTEP
  • Modeling for export to CAD, milling or rapid prototyping
  • Moving files, Network, Rapid Prototyping and Milling How to:s

Visit to the Rapid Prototyping and Milling facilities

  • Do´s and dont´s



  • Good curves?, Anatomy of NURBS, Continuity, Edit point Curve

Working with curves

  • Tangents, Normals, Curvature, Curve and surf Continuity,
  • Multiknots, Multiplicity What? 
  • Close and Open, Periodic Why?
  • Attach and Detach

Working with surfaces

  • Adjust intersection, Make a Pocket
  • Align
  • Symmetri Plane Align
  • Project tangent

Modeling strategies

See also: Autodesk Automotive Training

  • Design criteria
  • Modeling requirements
  • Analyzing the design
  • Approaches to modeling
  • Goal?

Preparing your 3D-model for CNC Milling

Here some steps:

  1. 1:1 scale in millimeter [mm]
  2. IGES igs, STEP stp (and occasionally OBJ or STL)
  3. Single file (can have multiple parts!)
  4. Small Gaps.  If smaller than the milling tool (8 mm dia.) then it's ok.
  5. Clean file only export surfaces (occasionally curves as well)
  6. Import it again and check it again!

YES! you can have gaps when milling. :)

Gaps need to be smaller than the milling tool


Assignment #1 Milling

  • STEP or IGES (STL)
    Export Milling files (normally step or iges) and pictures showing the objects position in XYZ-space.
  • Model
    Use an old model from CAID1 or your own 3D-model. Maybe download a 3D-file.
  • Size
    The model must enclose a volume with the height of 40mm and about 110 x 70 (the size of a computer mouse)


  • Alias wire-file
  • A milling file STEP or IGES (occasionally STL)
  • Image  showing the models position on the Grid
  • Two renderings of the complete model (not the milling file)








 Rhino _Digitize 02_100px











Mill _Assignment _TL01










Day 2 in Week 1(of 3)

Finish your assignment #1


Skill Building W1 Concept Modeling


Working with curves

  • Rebuild curve 
  • Offset 
  • Extend

Surface construction Tools with continuity control

  • Square 
  • Rail
  • n-sided 
  • Extrude 
  • Multi Surface Draft
  • Evaluation tools
  • Tolerances
  • Rational Vs. Non-rational Geometry
  • Additional detailing
  • Rigs

Assignment #2

Modeling and rendering a MC Fairing

  • Manage Blend Curves

Trimming trim, trim divide, untrim  

  • Projection
  • Intersection
  • Geometry Mapping
  • New Curve OSurface, manual construction
  • Trimming for data transfer, Trim problems
  • Filleting Other methods

MAYA Tutorials  

Start already now to look at these MAYA tutorials

























TN_Fairing .persp

Day 3 in Week 1(of 3)


Different ways to do Patterns

Autodesk help pages;
  • Transform > Arrays > Path Array
  • Transform > Arrays > Array
  • Transform > Arrays > Surface Array
  • Edit > Duplicate > Mirror
  • Edit > Duplicate > Object 
    • Instances
    • Pivot Point

Continue the Alias Skill Building

Follow the learning videos:

 See also: Autodesk Automotive Training




Day 4 & 5 in Week 1(of 3)

Hint's on the MC Fairing

  • Rebuild
  • Explicit Control
  • Single arrow for Blend Curves
  • SMOOTH Curves! Curvature Plot
  • Good CV-layout
  • Rebuild to make COS
  • Cut COS to "help" BiRail
  • Yor "friend" the Symmetri plane alignment tool :)

A bug or a feuture?

  • Clipping Planes
  • Tesselation and Draw Precision
  • An extra Render Camera
    • Wide Angle Lens

Improve your rendering

  • Tesselation, a smooth Mesh. More polygons
  • Anti-Aliasing, blur the "pixels steps"
  • Ambient Occlusion (also called ambient shadows)
  • Think about High Lights
  • Reflections and
  • Shadows, Smooth and blurred
  • DOF. Depth of field. Blur you image by editing the camera
  • Use wide or tele Lens, change the camera settings 




Day 6 in Week 2(of 3)

MAYA Tutorials  


Day 7 in Week 2(of 3)



Assignment #3


  • A Maya Model





Day 8 in Week 2(of 3)



Day 9 and Week 2(of 3)



Day 10 in Week 2(of 3)




Day 11 in Week 3(of 3)

Scan 3D objects and people

Some different 3D-measuring technologies:



Day 12 in Week 3(of 3)

Assignment #3 Rapid Prototyping

Export a Rapid Prototyping (stl)    file(s). Renderings and pictures from NetFabb basic (free) showing;

  • it is a "leakage free" model
  • contains only one volume
  • No borders
  • Real life scanned data has to be used and
  • combined in with other geometry in some way. Photo, laser or IPad-scanner, downloaded files and your own models could be used


  • Alias wire-file or other  source file
  • The Rapid Prototyping STL - file (occasionally OBJ)
  • "Screen dump" from Netfabb Basic without errors!
    • One Shell
    • Zero borders
  • Two renderings Vred  (KeyShot)




Image from


Day 13 in Week 3(of 3)

Easy tools for polygon modelling

Meshmixer    tutorials:


School pages:





Day 14 in Week 3(of 3)

Assignment #5

  • Render using emissive materials or light objects.
  • Make a PhotoShop file and utilize a Depth Pass
Example; Rear and Head Lights or interior lightning.


  • Example with a Wine glas
  • Caustics

HDRI backgrounds

  • On the Web:   Google Search
  • On the school server 1
  •    \\\...
  •    ...CAID-folder \HDRI_Material
  • On the school server 2:
  •    \\\hdri





Day 15 in Week 3(of 3)

More possibilities in the VRed visualizing software.

Example: render passes and VR!
Control and marking of your course status

 Kanal von VREDPRO

VRed help and quickstart
VRed overview webinar
VRed Tire Mapping
VRed Motion Blur (wheels/bkg)

ID7320-P: Become enlightened regarding light simulation with Autodesk VRED

ID7343-P: High End CGI Production with VRED

VRED Essentials Lighting Tutorial







Volvo _Tail _Light _240p










Day 13, 14 and 15

Workshop, finish up exercises and tutorials
Presentation of exercises 
Control and marking of your course status



To Pass

  • Save pictures and  3D-model files with Cambro.
  • TIFF or PNG-format for the pictures
  • 1280x1024 pixels size
  • Alias, STL, IGES and STEP format for the 3D-files
  • Upload all files through the CAMBRO portal:   CAMBRO log in




Top PC Lab
Located in the top floor of the administration building at the left.

Student computer lab time
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1600
Wednesday 0900 to 1200

Tutor computer lab time
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1400
Wednesday and thursday 0900 to 1200