Sep 16, 2020

Zemax accelerates optimization speed and expands OpticsBuilder offering

Category: Product News

OpticStudio release delivers an incredible 5x speed improvement to common optimization workflows, while OpticsBuilder adds support for editing optical components and expands support for mirrors and compound lenses.

KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON—Zemax announced the latest release of their flagship software, OpticStudio®, and OpticsBuilder™ for Creo and SOLIDWORKS. Throughout the year, OpticStudio delivered significant advances to streamline the design for manufacturability workflow and improve freeform design. OpticStudio 20.3 now provides the most significant update to the core optimization algorithm in the last decade, plus new CAD libraries and new API enhancements. At the same time, OpticsBuilder 20.3 delivers new editable optics capabilities and support for mirrors and compound lenses. In addition, OpticsBuilder is now also available for smaller firms at a more affordable price.

“This year has shown the world the power of the optics industry,” said Dr. S. Subbiah, Chief Executive Officer of Zemax. “Through their innovations, our users are bringing life-saving technology to market at a time where every moment counts. In support of their determination, I am excited to announce two major Zemax updates effective immediately. First, all existing customers, across all tiers of OpticStudio, will receive the most significant speed improvement to our core optimization algorithm in the last decade. Secondly, we have launched a lower cost single-user OpticsBuilder license to bring the same incredible cost saving benefits of OpticsBuilder to users with budget limitations. As we all share in this moment of uncertainty, it is crucial that we support each other as we create extraordinary solutions to meet unprecedented challenges.”

New Performance Improvements
As mentioned above, OpticStudio 20.3 substantially improves optimization speeds for users in sequential mode using the default optimization algorithm. The optimization enhancement is available to all current OpticStudio customers across all tiers and license types.

In addition, this release improves the process for preparing OpticStudio files for OpticsBuilder. With this update, Optical Engineers can more easily hand-off OpticStudio designs to their CAD users for OpticsBuilder to automatically build the lens geometries within their native CAD platform. With the addition of a new single-user license option, OpticsBuilder is helping more users revolutionize how their optical design teams build, analyze, and share their finished designs.

New Manufacturability Functionality
Designing optical products require engineers to balance theoretical performance with limitations in manufacturing. Throughout the year, OpticStudio has delivered new functionality in support of these design for manufacturability workflows.

OpticStudio 20.1 and 20.2 combined new features like Quick Yield, Quick Sensitivity and Tolerance Data Analyses to empower users with early tolerancing insights to better balance optical performance with manufacturability. OpticStudio 20.3 continues this theme by delivering a 3x speed improvement to the Quick Yield analysis and a 10x performance improvement to design files utilizing CAD parts with our new ACIS CAD libraries.

New API Enhancements
With OpticStudio 20.3, our industry leading ZOS-API just got better. With this update, users will have increased API access to analysis data, including improved access to our recently added Tolerance Data Viewer. In addition, we have added Physical Optics Propagation (POP) functionality to our API for users with laser application requirements.  

New OpticsBuilder Functionality
OpticsBuilder continues to revolutionize how optical design teams build, analyze, and share their work. With OpticsBuilder 20.3, Optical Engineers can now allow CAD users to edit optical designs within their native CAD platform. Editing capabilities include moving optics in space, changing non-sequential optical properties and altering lens geometries. In addition to improved editing capabilities, OpticsBuilder 20.3 now supports mirrors and compound lenses.

Learn more about these new performance improvements by joining our upcoming webinars:

September 24th, 2020 - Hidden Expenses of CAD Time
September 29th, 2020 – What’s new in OpticsBuilder 20.3
September 30, 2020 – What’s new in OpticStudio 20.3

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