June 29, 2018

Top takeaways from LiveWorx 2018

Top takeaways from LiveWorx 2018

In mid-June, we attended and spoke at LiveWorx in Boston, described by sponsor PTC as “a global technology conference and marketplace for solutions engineered for a smart, connected world.” Here’s a quick roundup of our experience at the show.

Hot topic one: Internet of Things (IoT)

There was a plethora of talks on IoT, or the connection of data systems, at the show this year, ranging from the Analytics of Things to the Industrial Innovation Platform to Next-Gen IoT Infrastructure to Blockchain and much more. At Zemax, we’re particularly excited about IoT systems with sensors as many are designed using our software. Read more about designing sensors with OpticStudio.

Hot topic two: augmented reality (AR)

It was exciting to see at the show how much AR is being used by companies to optimize for things such as assembly and safety. This video was shown at a Microsoft HoloLens and BAE Systems talk. “Using PTC’s Thingworx Studio software, BAE easily created a guided step-by-step training solution for HoloLens to teach workers how to assemble a green energy bus battery. Using these tools, BAE can now create these guides for firstline workers in just hours at a tenth of the cost, training new people 30-40% more efficiently.” We also took a look at PTC’s augmented reality extension (Vuforia) which enables users to view and interact with mechanical components designed in Creo in an AR environment. While many companies at the show are using off-the-shelf headsets, those designing their own can overcome challenges of freeform optics design with modern virtual prototyping. Get the eGuide to learn how.

Zemax Ignite Talk

On the Ignite Stage, Isis Peguero, LensMechanix Product Manager, conducted a session called, “Three ways to improve your optical product design process” along with a product demo. We were pleased to meet with more than 30 attendees including representatives from UTC Aerospace, Alcon, and Amazon, to name a few. Attendees learned how LensMechanix for Creo keeps teams on schedule by helping them catch errors early in the design process, and a few mentioned that they could see how LensMechanix could solve some of the problems they have been having with the transition between optical and mechanical design. Also, we heard that some companies are using Windchill file management software, so we plan to do some testing to ensure that LensMechanix is compatible with Windchill. We’re thankful to all who attended the talk and participated in the lively question and answer period afterward.

About LensMechanix for Creo

LensMechanix for Creo enables optical product engineering teams to reduce design time, cut product development costs, and improve product performance. Mechanical engineers can load a complete lens system into Creo Parametric and start designing the mechanical envelope immediately, instead of wasting time recreating the geometry of the optical components that have already been designed. This greatly simplifies communication between mechanical and optical engineers. By running a ray trace through the complete optomechanical system, mechanical engineers can identify stray light problems, such as image contamination and beam clipping—and resolve these issues before building any costly physical prototypes.

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