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Sketch Modeling Software Options?

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I'd like to get an opinion on what the most logical option is for doing "sketch" modeling of automotive/hard surfaces.


I have several years experience in Solidworks and have some experience in Alias. I'm planning to do final surfaces in Alias and import to SW to be handed off for production parts.


For frame of reference, this is for a motorcycle that has production databases in SW. I'll be styling the tank, seat, tail section, fairing.


What I'm wondering is, what is the best software package to use for doing quick sketch modeling for early ideation and peer review?

The 3 logical options I can think of
1. Get faster at Alias to the point that rough surfaces/models can be turned out at a rapid pace

2. Learn a new package that has a bias toward speed rather than production/class-A precision... Modo? Z-Brush? - I'm very open to suggestions here.

3. Work in physical mockups instead, logically (per the application) automotive clay - though my skill level here will also demand time investment and the purchase of a 3D scanner.


Thanks in advance!




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