Autodesk Alias Tutorial – Modelling a Tyre / Tire

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WIP exploratory rendering

 Winter Tire -WIP

This student will be starting her first Automotive Alias Job soon.

She loves detailing and just to show-off she is modeling this Winter Tire. There are 2 more rows of tread still to be added at the edge of the tire.

Whereas most of us are mad about building good surfaces, there is always work for modelers who can create great detail like wheel rims and tires, mirrors badges, interior parts etc

She has also modeled a great A5s rim and when its all finished, I’ll ask her to make a final rendering for this site

I have just received these additional pics. 

In this rendering we can see that she has added the outer tread row,

which is beautifully modeled and gives a much more interesting form to the tire.

[I am currently working on a set of video tutorial to teach how to make a complete wheel and tire with real tread pattern].  This type of work can swing things in your favour at an interview. You will not be asked to model a tire tread in an Automotive studio, but it does really show off your skill-set and demonstrates that you have the patience it takes to produce a brilliant piece of detailed Alias modeling

This full tutorial will be available on my NEW website any day now

Here we see that the tread rows are symmetrical from LHS to RHS

(they are offset by half a tread block), so they cannot be represented with layer symmetry. Also note that she had modeled the tread with a 3º draft angle, so that it will release from the mould in production

I love this rendering the student has achieved perfect lighting (Alias Powercaster)

and texture and in addition to that she has got the specular overlay absolutely right. (I know that she did this on a Pentium 4, with 2Gb. RAM and a 50 Euro VGA). I was told that she used 11 lights and 4 distinct tire rubber shaders

Watch preview of Tire tutorial now. There are 3 videos in the main tutorial, which is available if you subscribe to my Alias Professional Training site:

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For student’s who have the objective of finding a CAD job in the near future, I still teach One to One students and all of these students get Automotive Modeling or Design/Modeling jobs, so it’s a great investment to make. The hourly rate is very high and there are vacancies in UK. France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, USA, Brazil etc. I can only take a maximum of 5-7 students at any one time. I teach all levels right up to Post Graduates. I have never had a Private student fail to get an Alias Automotive job (Companies include Ferrari, GM, Lotus, Opel, Audi Seat etc. ). If you wish to apply for a place, please email me with all your details.
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167 Euros (215 USD equivalent Sept. 2012) per month. You get your .wire reviewed by me every 15 days and you will receive : feedback, instruction, tips and advice from me personally. Access to all videos including my ” Private Student Training Videos”. You will build at least 3 complete automotive exteriors. The course also includes an intensive Reverse Engineering section, which required by most employers.

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NB: Typically students pay 50% of the cost of the “Elite” course by monthly installments settling the balance over time,  once they have an Alias Automotive contract.

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