Nov 22, 2021

Meopta boosts productivity with seamless ray tracing in OpticStudio for semiconductors and other markets

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Meopta boosts productivity with seamless ray tracing in OpticStudio for semiconductors and other markets

Ray tracing in OpticStudio is enhanced by the capability to model system performance degradation from mechanical and thermal loads

Meopta is an optics and photonics manufacturer doing business as Meopta–optika, s.r.o. in its native country of Czech Republic, and in the US as Meopta USA.

Many of Meopta's customers for these services are in the fast-moving semiconductor market, where precision remains crucial but volume is a key priority, and feasible mass production means keeping costs low and performance high.

To enable this, Meopta streamlines the efficiency of its optical design workflows by building OpticStudio into the company's end-to-end design development activities. By using OpticStudio, the Meopta team avoids unnecessary extra steps in the design process, such as having to create additional iterative prototypes and design updates, or have cross-team conversations and email exchanges to clarify the latest changes.

The overall effect of these reductions is an increase in productivity based on the interoperability between optical and mechanical methods for manipulating optics. By streamlining collaboration between optical and mechanical design teams, the OpticStudio workflow helps Meopta save money and time.

"For us, OpticStudio has solved the problem of how to best communicate between optical and mechanical engineers," said Milan Matela, Senior Research and Development Optical Designer at Meopta. "Increasing the effectiveness of this joint communication enables us to reduce the number of prototypes we create and spend less time with back-and-forth changes, so we develop our ideas more quickly."

Zemax is also a good match for Meopta's business model in the way it supports a wide variety of project types. Because Meopta offers both partial and full-service optical design services to its customers, they needed a way to centralize diverse projects within a single master workflow.

Other ways using Zemax benefits Meopta include:

  • Using the Zemax application programming interface (ZOS-API) for programmatic access to all OpticStudio modules, along with support and code samples for common programming languages.

  • Modeling irregular surfaces of the type found in its optical products, further describing wavefront aberration that arises from the calculated deformations in Meopta's workflow.

  • Comprehensive environmental testing using a workflow that incorporates OpticStudio for optical design, Creo for CAD development, Abaqus for finite element analysis (FEA) solving, and Sigmadyne for optomechanical analysis.

  • Loading Zernike polynomials into OpticStudio and running macros to see the real influence of surface deformations indicated in the FEA output from Abaqus.

Read the full story  to find out how Zemax helps Meopta design for the future of optics and remain a leader in its field. And to learn more about OpticStudio, the industry standard for optical design software, try it for free!