'Lo. First time poster. Studied mechanical engineering with ID focus for 3 years, studying a master for engineers who want to focus on “the ID toolbox”.
I have used alias a few times for school projects, both in bachelor and master, but never really had a teacher who -knows- the program. Current one is unable to help me so I’ve realized that I have to pick up the knowledge on my own.
I have been watching a lot of movie clips on autodesks homepage and youtube, and read a “noob book” from Autodesk, “Learning Studiotools” or something, its a few years old and very basic. I have been googling for resources on this topic for a while but the best forum I can find discussing Alias is this forum… ( Graphic Design Tutorials … ) The Autodesk student forum seems to have failed in creating a good discussion, it seems dead.
What would you do in my situation? I want to learn the software and I am willing to spend time doing it, but where do I find the information?
I’m going to add some pics of the physical model I’m currently trying to model in Alias, I think that my biggest problem at the moment is “patch layout” or whatever youd call it. How to know how to design the curves in space, and how to know what kind of surface tools to use in a given situation. Please note that I’d love to have my first question asked, most important for me is a good source of information, second is help with the helicopter model if anyone has time to dig into it.
What I’ve done so far is to use 3 canvas image planes to build a “skeleton” of straight curves. From this skeleton I’ve created square surfaces and added extra curves where needed. My main issue is to create the front side surface. Lets look at some pictures:
Here’s the heli, as you can see its quite influenced by “stealth aircraft”. Lots of flat surfaces. I dont want it look too military tho so I want the surfaces to be a little bit curved, or at least rounded where two flat surfaces meet. I have been trying to model the front side surfaces for some time now but I just cant get it right and it annoys me this the closest shot so far but its still miles away from satisfying:
The “patch layout” looks like this:
Does anyone have any guidelines for how I should model this in alias? Should i start over using another method? Help would be greatly appreciated but as noted above, most of all I’m looking for a way of learning this software properly, if anyone knows a forum where students upload pictures like this and have a debate about the modeling process I would love love love to study that material