May 11, 2018

Simulate full-field aberrations, trace rays 10x faster, and design high-confidence virtual prototypes

New OpticStudio release includes significant improvements and enhancements to your virtual prototyping workflow

Simulate full-field aberrations, trace rays 10x faster, and design high-confidence virtual prototypes

By Kristen Norton

A recent survey of OpticStudio customers showed that for engineers designing virtual prototypes, the most important feature in OpticStudio is the ability to trace sequential and non-sequential rays through the same optical system. Ensuring manufacturability is a critical aspect of designing a high confidence virtual prototype, and this includes sequential design and analysis as well as non-sequential simulations. No matter how simple or complex, OpticStudio can be used to solve optical design challenges before physical prototypes are ever built. Some of the new features and enhancements in OpticStudio 18.4 that support this workflow are:

  • New Full-field Aberration analysis – Use this new analysis plot to improve freeform surface design and visualize how aberrations change across the full field of view

  • Updates to the non-sequential converter – Use this tool to automatically convert sequential systems with off-axis mirrors or custom lenses to the equivalent non-sequential system

  • New Compound Lens object – Use this new non-sequential object to simulate complex lenses for stray light analysis or optomechanical design

  • New Boolean Native object – Use this new object to run faster, more accurate, and more reliable ray traces with Boolean combinations of non-sequential objects

OpticStudio provides a flexible, intuitive, and powerful modeling environment to quickly develop and capture optical design ideas. Our recent survey results showed that the OpticStudio user interface and overall usability continue to be high priorities for our customers.

The latest usability updates include:

  • New search capability – Use this new search capability to quickly find a surface, object, or operand in the editors

  • New bookmark feature – Use this new feature to organize and efficiently navigate the editors

For the full list of features and enhancements in the latest release, please see the OpticStudio 18.4 Release Notes.

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