Mar 25, 2021

Flexibility built into OpticStudio helps LightPath design for manufacturability

Category: Customer Story
Optical engineering at LightPath Technologies operates at warp speed. A vertically-integrated business that fuses world class design and innovative lens fabrication with low-cost manufacturing, LightPath produces a diverse number and range of sophisticated products and solutions within tight timeframes.

For Optical Engineering Manager Jeremy Huddleston and his team, designing for manufacturability is key to their success. Zemax OpticStudio an essential tool.

"With OpticStudio, I can optimize not only on performance but also on manufacturability. Using merit function operands, macros, and optimization tools, it's easy to add parameters around manufacturability."

We recently sat down with Jeremy to capture this story. Some key takeaways include:

Low-cost, compact aspheric imaging lenses provide many benefits — and creative design challenges.

Optimization is crucial in creating designs that overcome design limitations and deliver the highest manufacturing yield.

User-defined macros save time and streamline the workflow.

    To learn more about the capabilities LightPath needs from its optical design software and the results using OpticStudio, read the customer story linked below.


    To learn more about Zemax optical design software, contact Zemax Sales.

    Industry-leading optical software solutions from Zemax help optical, mechanical, and manufacturing engineering teams turn their ideas into reality. Standardizing on Zemax software reduces design iterations and repeated prototypes, speeding time to market and reducing development costs. Zemax touches nearly every optical system manufactured today: virtual reality systems, cell phone cameras, autonomous-vehicle sensor systems, intraocular lenses, and even imaging systems for the Mars Rover. By listening to customers, Zemax delivers unmatched value, evident from the industry's most extensive, most passionate user base.

    LightPath Technologies has been in business for over 35 years and is a recognized leader in optics and photonics engineered solutions. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and with manufacturing plants in China and Latvia, their customers span the industrial, defense, telecommunications, automotive, testing and measurement, and medical industries. LightPath designs, manufacture, and distributes optical and infrared components, such as molded glass aspheric lenses and assemblies, infrared lenses, thermal imaging assemblies, and fused fiber collimators. The company also offers complete engineering design support for both optics and mechanics.