May 24, 2022

Get Started Reducing Costs and Get Optical Designs to Market Faster with OpticsBuilder: How to Load an OpticsBuilder File

Category: Product News


OpticsBuilder saves time and increases productivity by enabling fast and flawless conversion of lens design data into native CAD platforms. With one click users can begin designing without having to recreate the geometry of optical components.

  •  Avoid errors introduced by manually creating optical components,

  • Maintain optical fidelity by loading the entire optical design, including lens materials, positions, sources, wavelengths, and detectors.

  • Design packaging faster by easily viewing boundary rays and using mathematically driven optical geometry.

The Prepare for OpticsBuilder tool in OpticStudio 20.1 and higher 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. With one click OpticsBuilder saves time and increases productivity by enabling fast and flawless conversion of lens design data into a native CAD platform.

In this blog article we will review the process of loading an OpticsBuilder (.ZBD) file for Creo Parametric.

Loading a .ZBD file

From a new assembly file in Creo:

  1. In the ribbon, click Import .ZBD file.

  2. In the Open ZBD file explorer window, navigate to/Documents/Zemax/Samples/OpticsBuilderCreo/Heliarand select the Heliar_37mm.zbd file.

  3. There are two options under Locate:

    • Mate into existing design – loads the optical design as a sub-assembly

    • Start new design – loads the optics design as parts in the top-level assembly

      Note: Use 'Mate into existing design' when adding an optical system to an already existing mechanical assembly. Use 'Start new design' when starting a new assembly with the optical system.

  1. Click Open. OpticsBuilder will load all optical components into the graphics area automatically and display the boundary rays.

 This blog article is part of the Getting Started with OpticsBuilder blog series. The previous articles can be found at the links below.

Article 1: OpticsBuilder Licensing and Installation

Article 2: Prepare for OpticsBuilder

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Jacob Hart