Getting Started with OpticsBuilder
OpticsBuilder licensing and installation
This article explains the installation and licensing process for OpticsBuilder. OpticsBuilder uses the Zemax License Manager to manage access to License Administrators and End Users. Installation of the Zemax License Manager and OpticsBuilder software is discussed, as well as troubleshooting issues an End User could encounter. The Zemax Setup Troubleshooter tool is introduced as a new tool to analyze an End User computer and highlight installation and licensing issues.
Prepare for OpticsBuilderLearn how the Prepare for OpticsBuilder tool converts OpticStudio lens files (ZMX and ZAR files) to the ZBD file format that helps to maintain design fidelity through handoff to other design team members, such as CAD users that use OpticsBuilder. Prepare for OpticsBuilder prepares the file to be sent out by converting to non-sequential, generating critical rays, gathering automated drawing information, and packaging everything into one file format.
How to load an OpticsBuilder (.ZBD) file
The Prepare for OpticsBuilder feature inside of OpticStudio ensures that all supporting data is grouped with the optical design. The data includes (but is not limited to): the lens material, coatings, source definition, and manufacturing drawing data. The resulting OpticsBuilder (.ZBD) file loads all necessary information into the CAD software.
How to perform a simulation in OpticsBuilder
The .ZBD file created from the Prepare for OpticsBuilder tool in OpticStudio contains all of the design information as well as the relevant simulation settings. Using the default settings, an OpticsBuilder user can immediately begin the design phase and simulate performance with a single click in the Command Manager.
OpticsBuilder drawing tutorial
Learn how to use OpticsBuilder to create automated drawings, including drawings with custom templates, within CREO.