October 11, 2017
LensMechanix 4.0 is here!
The latest release offers the most powerful new features and enhancements yet to deliver the premier software experience for optomechanical design and analysis.
With the new features and enhancements in LensMechanix 4.0, mechanical engineers can load assemblies with more than 1,000 components, quickly calculate power throughput and efficiency, make design changes, easily review the impact of mechanical components on optical performance, and seamlessly load optical systems to any location and orientation in an existing assembly.
“The latest release of LensMechanix takes the software to a new level,” said Cort Stinnett, Director New Ventures Division. “It provides users with powerful tools that address a range of challenges in designing optical products. LensMechanix is the go-to solution for companies that want to improve product performance, reduce time to market, and save on development costs.”
New features and enhancements
Improved Optical Performance Summary (OPS): The Optical Performance Summary is one of the most powerful features in LensMechanix. In this release, we’ve made the OPS more intuitive and easier to use. For example, you can now work in the graphics area and the OPS simultaneously. You can take advantage of multiple monitors, move the OPS outside of the graphics area, and see OPS data while you’re validating designs. Use the new tabbed interface to navigate to specific performance criteria to diagnose and correct issues.
Power Throughput: Quickly calculate power loss and efficiency in optomechanical designs in one convenient location using the new Power Throughput tool in the Command Manager. The tool calculates the amount of power that enters a system (flux in) and the amount of power that makes it through the system (flux out). It then displays the total power lost (both in watts and as a percentage of total power) due to optical components versus mechanical components. You can also visualize ray paths that intersect any mechanical components in your designs by applying an automated ray filter. The Power Throughput tool makes it easy to identify the source of undesired power loss, so you can rapidly resolve efficiency issues.
Load optical assemblies mated in reference: Before, when loading optical systems in LensMechanix, you had to ensure that the positions and orientations of the SOLIDWORKS parts aligned with the OpticStudio designs. Now you have the flexibility to load a design in the orientation or position that your system requires. You can even add a complete optical design in any location in an existing mechanical assembly.
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