Automotive Design Fundamentals

A five day Autodesk accredited course in Alias CAS modelling €œfundamentals" (aka blank-screen design). The objective is to provide new and existing Alias users a high-level overview of the interface, basic curve, surface creation, geometry manipulation, and an overview of industry surface modelling best practises and procedures.

Course content for Alias CAS Essentials

Creation of a 3D €œSketch Model" from Designer€™s sketch (Audi TT) combining feature-function exercises in a workflow context project. The project affords students the freedom to explore real-world application with the reassurance of €˜over-the-shoulder€™ instructor support. Interactive learning is actively encouraged through use of whiteboard explanation and open discussion. Topics covered include:

€¢ GUI, data and project structure
€¢ UI fundamentals, geometry manipulation and management
€¢ Customisation and Preferences
€¢ Geometry properties
€¢ Single and multi-span geometry math (Bezier, NURBs and Rational)
€¢ Modelling best practise (parameterization and Explicit Control)
€¢ Curve-based modelling fundamentals
€¢ Curve types: geometric (Keypoint), freeform (CV, EP curves) and COS
€¢ Derived surface: sweep, loft and mesh tools
€¢ Curve and Surface transitions and blends
€¢ Blend Curves in detail
€¢ Surface Fillet, Symmetric Fillet, Freeform Blend, Profile Blend
€¢ Surface Trim/Divide
€¢ Trim, Un-Trim, Trim Convert, Stitch, Detach
€¢ Freeform modelling fundamentals
€¢ CV Transform and Align
€¢ Evaluation fundamentals
€¢ Analytic: Curve and Surface continuity, Cross Section Editor
€¢ Aesthetic: curvature graphs, highlights and reflections, Non-proportional View Scale etc.

Benefits of Alias CAS Essentials

Benefits of Alias CAS Essentials
Be able to create 3D “sketch model” from a designer’s sketch
Learn how to analyse your designs
Discover how to create and modify curve and surface models

Expected outcome

After completing the course, you wilbe able to use the strategies and workflows necessary to build a model quickly and translate a design into manufacturable data. 

After completing the course, you can log in to your personal student account and download a personal certificate. 

About our Virtual Instructor-led training: 

What is the best way to learn technical products when you can't visit a Classroom? It is quite easy when you think about it, move the classroom to the internet.  Symetri’s Virtual Instructor-Led Training is simply that.  We will deliver training to no more than 6 people in one class, every learner can be both seen and heard by the instructor and can ask questions either verbally or by raising their hand.  Each learner has direct access to the instructor and can get help either publicly to the whole class or in a private area with the instructor. 

Symetri’s Virtual Instructor-Led Training is the closest thing you will get to the full classroom experience from the comfort of your home or office.

The training will take place throughout a full day, but we understand that it’s difficult to watch the same screen for a long time, so we have split the course into shorter individual sessions, there will be a break every hour and a long lunch to keep you refreshed and attentive throughout your full course. 

Your virtual course will be a hands-on experience, just like in a real classroom.  We know that adults learn by doing, not by listening or watching -- so your virtual training will include hands-on exercises that you will work on throughout the course 

What you need for this Virtual training 

As your virtual course is delivered over the web, you will need the following:

  • Stable Broadband Connection 
  • Installed and licenses version of Autodesk software being taught 
  • Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser (Edge is preferred) 
  • A quiet place to conduct your training 
  • A headset with microphone is highly recommended
Expected outcome


Craig Snell

Craig Snell

United Kingdom Product Design & Lifecycle - Support & Training Manager

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