November 16, 2018

Zemax talks at Photonics West 2019

Zemax talks at Photonics West 2019

Photonics West happens February 2—7, 2019 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. If you’re planning to attend, please join us for our talks or visit us at our booth #1867. Below are the SPIE descriptions of the courses and sessions that our Zemax team members are leading. Get the full schedule here >

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Mark Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer and Dan Hamann, Chief Revenue Officer
A session for engineering managers: Where do you start?

Wednesday, February 6
10:00—11:00 a.m.

Intended for optical and mechanical engineering managers, directors and VPs, attendees will get a look at how software is rapidly changing the way optical product design teams are organizing themselves and the significant benefits that result. The workshop will enable you to: understand the effect of software on optical product design team organization and how this can significantly lower total cost, accelerate time to market and change the competitive landscape, assess current capabilities, and initiate the changes needed to modernize workflows.



Dr. Thomas Pickering, OpticStudio Product Manager and Isis Peguero, LensMechanix Product Manager
How to reduce errors found downstream of the optical design with Zemax Virtual Prototyping

Wednesday, February 6
1:30—5:30 p.m.

Zemax virtual prototyping enables optical and mechanical engineers to design, communicate, and collaborate on building optical products right the first time. Optical engineers can continue to rely on OpticStudio for the reliable and accurate calculations. With LensMechanix, mechanical engineers can validate their mechanical designs by flagging potential problems early in the product development process without having to step out of the CAD platform. By maintaining the fidelity of the optical design throughout the design process, optical and mechanical engineers can create a complete, reliable, model of a product. Learn how virtual prototyping from Zemax is improving the engineering design process for both optical and mechanical engineers with OpticStudio and LensMechanix. This course will provide awareness and understanding of the tools Zemax provides to streamline engineering design workflow.

Opto, the optoelectronics, photonic materials, and devices conference

Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VI Session 1: Design, Development, and Fabrication of Photonic Instruments

Tuesday February 5
1:30—3:00 p.m.


Kenneth E. Moore, Founder and Technical Fellow
Optimization for as-built performance (Invited Paper)

Paper 10925-1
A new method for designing optical systems will be presented. The new method incorporates the design traits that lead to tolerance sensitivity directly into the optimization process. This yields alternate design forms that generally have reduced nominal performance but superior performance once tolerance defects are considered. This optimization effectively maximizes as-built performance rather than nominal performance that ignores manufacturing defects.


Shawn C. Gay, Senior Computational Physicist
Lens design using grid-based surface optimization

Paper 10925-4
In this work, we discuss grid-based surface optimization in the OpticStudio lens design software. This new approach allows flexibility in designing freeform optical components that is not possible with traditional surface types. We provide examples to demonstrate the trade-offs between the surface degrees of freedom, optimization efficiency and system performance. We also address manufacturability of the resulting surfaces. Finally, to examine the effect of the interpolation method, we consider both 2D cubic spline and Gaussian process regression representations.

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