November 24, 2020

Using the TrueFreeForm surface for grid-based freeform optimization

Using the TrueFreeForm surface for grid-based freeform optimization

The TrueFreeForm surface is a sequential surface type in OpticStudio which uses a superposed combination of polynomial and grid-based sag characterizations. In addition, the TrueFreeForm surface also supports optimization of the sag values at each data point in the grid sag data file, allowing for a unique, non-parameterized optimization methodology. This can be advantageous in cases where spatially-selective optimization is desired, or a given polynomial function cannot well represent the desired sag structure.

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November 11, 2020

What lies ahead for optics in 2021 and beyond

What lies ahead for optics in 2021 and beyond

While this past year has been challenging, it has also created many opportunities for innovation and growth in the optics industry. From the creation of UV-C chambers for mask decontamination, to new and improved tools for the healthcare industry, to the growth of AR/VR for both professional and personal use (and more), engineers have been creating new technologies and catapulting the optics industry into the future.

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November 04, 2020

How to quickly and securely share optical design files

How to quickly and securely share optical design files

Runners devote countless hours to mastering the best technique for exchanging the baton in a relay race. It’s critical to get it right, because taking too much time or dropping the baton means losing the race.

In optomechanical design, the handoff of files between designers and CAD users is equally crucial. An inefficient workflow can add tens to hundreds of hours to the schedule and incur considerable hidden costs, impeding your time to market.

With OpticsBuilder, you can circumvent these challenges and help your people run their best race with tools that significantly streamline the CAD workflow. It’s helpful to start by examining the factors that slow everything down.

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October 28, 2020

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures funding for future growth and innovation

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures funding for future growth and innovation

The photonics industry has continued to grow, shaping the future of many technologies and changing the way we interact and do business. To enable this continued innovation, the new pan-European Photonics Digital Innovation Hub (PhotonHub) recently secured €19 million to help businesses with the deployment of these photonics-based technologies. This exciting win will create unique growth opportunities for businesses across Europe, helping them to take their products and services to the next level.

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October 20, 2020

International Day of Photonics

International Day of Photonics

In celebration of the International Day of Photonics, we here at Zemax would like to take a moment and recognize the amazing things our users are doing within our industry. From autonomous vehicles, to space travel; AR/VR headsets to developing some of the largest freeforms ever known to man, Zemax users are changing the world for the better!

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