Single design pipeline in Alias with SUBD and VR Sketching tools

  • Seamless collaboration across different workflows and personas.
  • The SUBD Retopo tool allows for rapid exploration of design themes.
  • Create VR offers a VR sketching experience.
  • Increase productivity and eliminate the need to toggle between siloed systems.



Alias® industrial design software supports concept communication, design modeling, technical surfacing, reverse engineering, real-time design visualisation, and engineering development collaboration.

Concept design and fast concept modeling

  • Sketching and illustration tools (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO) — Draw and edit with integrated tools. Capture lines, circles, and ellipses with predictive strokes.
  • Flexible product modeling (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Fast, repeatable, curve-based modeling tools let you directly edit and sculpt 3D models.
  • Fast concept modeling overview (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO) — Walk through a fast concept model workflow, from sketch to final concept model. (video: 3:03 min.)
  • Photoshop live link —  Sketches from Photoshop can be linked to Alias. Changes to sketches are dynamically updated in Alias.
  • Dynamic shape modeling (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Quickly manipulate your product model and explore shape variations on 3D forms without rebuilding geometry.
  • 3D sculpting (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — 3D sculpt surfaces by directly adjusting surface control vertices. Use curve-based tools, direct modeling, and more.

Detailed design and surface analysis

  • Deck seam (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Deck seam (similar to a flat fell seam) has been added to the Stitch and Seam tool.
  • Precise surface creation (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Use tools that help you create mathematical shapes. Control pitch with the Revolve tool, and more.
  • Multiblend tool (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Make smooth transitions between surfaces.
  • Light ray effects and reflections (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Study your surfaces in a virtual lighting studio with the Light Tunnel tool.
  • Computational design — Quickly generate complex repeatable patterns, and enable rapid design iterations and exploration.
  • Automatic arrays of shapes (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Simplify uniform and nonuniform objects using arrays. Create arrays of lines and surfaces in 2D and 3D.

Surface modeling and Class-A surfacing

  • New subdivision modeling tools — Alias has integrated the strengths of adaptive subdivision with native NURBS surface technology.
  • Global refit (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Refit your digital model to the changed physical model.
  • Improved surface from mesh tool (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Create a surface on mesh with 1 of 3 surface types. Update original data with scanned clay data.
  • Precision surface modeling (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Create Class-A surfaces with speed and control.
  • Surface creation and editing (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Perform multiple operations with a single, automated tool.
  • Predictive control (AUTOSTUDIO) — Get more predictable results with new tools such as Freeform Curve Blend and View Flip.
  • Multicurve profile input (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Profile tools provide an advanced way to work with surfaces, such as rotating a profile to a target surface.
  • Intelligent form factor capability (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Define ratios with Form Factor tools.
  • Mesh selection techniques (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Use an expanded mesh selection toolset.
  • Offset tool — Offset command ensues that offset CV layout quality is maintained, enabling a semiautomated, time-saving workflow.

Design communication and product visualisation

  • NEW | Save file author options — Save the file author information under the save information section when saving or exporting a file.
  • ENHANCED | File > Share view — Disable the share view option using an environment variable.
  • Virtual reality with Alias — Enhance design reviews with virtual reality. Explore your design to scale using an HMD in VR.
  • Interactive product visualisation (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Evaluate design options with real-time visualizations. Use shading models, apply color, add texture, and more.
  • Convenient data exchange (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Share industrial design data with mechanical design and CAD software, including Inventor, CATIA, and SOLIDWORKS.
  • VRED compatibility (AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Quickly convert Alias files to VRED software for 3D visualisation.
  • Switch between shading assignments (CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE) — Easily switch between color combinations.
  • Variant configuration sets — Capture your current view to return to it easily.
System requirements for Autodesk Alias 2020
Operating system
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 with Update KB3140245 ( 64-bit)

Important: Discontinuation of Mac Support for Autodesk Alias and VRED

Browser Autodesk recommends the latest version of the following Web browsers for access to online supplemental content:

  • Apple Safari® Web browser
  • Google Chrome™ Web browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® Web browser
  • Mozilla® Firefox® Web browser
  • 2 GHz 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
Graphics hardware
  • Alias General: Supported NVIDIA® or AMD graphics card with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated texture memory and DirectX 11 compatible.
  • Alias VR: Any NVIDIA or AMD graphics card that is VR Ready certified.See the Certified Hardware
  • 16 GB recommended
Disk space Free hard disk space required for installation:

  • Autodesk Alias AutoStudio: 10 GB
  • Autodesk Alias Surface: 5 GB
  • Autodesk Alias Concept: 7 GB
  • Autodesk Alias Design: 5 GB
Pointing device
  • Three-button mouse
  • Wacom® graphics tablet for sketching (optional)
Optional Hardware
.NET Framework
  • .NET Framework Version 4.6 for Windows
  1. Windows 7 SP1 need to install KB3140245 and turn on TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 as default secure protocols so that Share View can work.
  2. Microsoft Internet Explorer® Web browser version should be great than 10.0 so that license service can work.

Autodesk Licensing Explained

Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products.

Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +61 (03) 8400 4597.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Named User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users.
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists.


Additional Information
Autodesk subscription | Maintenance plan | Transition to Named User

whats included

Faster design decision-making with automated workflows

  • Create and reuse templates across design and surfacing teams — sharing surfacing language.
  • Curve and Surface replace workflows with the History Visualiser tool, enabling automatic rebuild of geometry.
  • Faster design iterations with Computational Design inside Alias®.

Alias Dynamo integration (video: 1:35 min.) 

Enhance collaboration with Alias Assemblies and Shotgun

  • Collaborate across teams and manage projects with a single suite of tools for faster decision-making.
  • Allow Alias and non-Alias modelers to collaborate with Alias Assemblies and Master Alias Assembly Concept.
  • Review design projects with Shotgun to keep creative teams focused.

Reference manager supports Alias Assemblies (video: 1:07 min.)

Which Alias product is right for you?


Get sketching, fast concept modeling, and visualisation tools. (video: 45 sec.)


Refine concept models into Class-A surfaces for consumer and automotive designs. (video: 1:22 min.)


Perform concept modeling, analysis, technical surfacing, and visualisation. (video: 54 sec.)