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Everything you need to design optical systems

OpticStudio® is the standard for optical, illumination, and laser system design in universities around the world, and in leading companies throughout the optics industry.

Introducing the OpticStudio STAR Module

Zemax is excited to introduce the OpticStudio Structural, Thermal, Analysis and Results (STAR) module.

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What's new in OpticStudio 21.2

Find out latest release about and the new OpticStudio STAR module for STOP analysis.

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Designing for Manufacturability

Bring optical systems to market more quickly and
cost-effectively with a streamlined engineering workflow.

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What can OpticStudio do for you?

Set up your system

OpticStudio’s intuitive user interface includes easy-to-learn tools and wizards which enable efficient simulation and design of any optical system.

With more than 200 field points you can set up even the most complex freeform and non-rotationally symmetric systems.

Design high-confidence virtual prototypes with the only optical design software that can model everything from imaging optics to illumination, including stray light analysis.

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Analyze your system to evaluate performance

OpticStudio includes a suite of optical engineering tools to analyze the performance of your system. In addition to the classic analysis functions, OpticStudio also offers Full-field Aberration analysis to improve freeform designs; contrast analysis for MTF optimization; and Image Simulation to produce photorealistic images of object scenes.

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Optimize your system to meet manufacturing specifications

State-of-the-art optimization tools automatically improve the performance of optical designs based on user-defined constraints and design goals. This saves time by eliminating design iterations.

Optimize for MTF up to 10x faster with Contrast Optimization - which removes multiple design and test steps inherent in older processes.

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Final tolerance analysis to ensure manufacturability

For years, the Monte Carlo tolerance analysis in OpticStudio has been the gold standard for simulating how designs perform in the real world.

More optical research papers rely on OpticStudio to accurately simulate their designs than any other optical software.

With OpticStudio, optical engineers are confident that their systems will meet the real-world performance demands of their customers.

Customize OpticStudio to suit your needs

With the ZOS-API, you can create standalone applications, build your own analyses, and control OpticStudio externally using C#, C++, MATLAB and Python.

Zemax Programming Language (ZPL) enables you to write your own macros to automate repetitive processes.

Custom DLLs allow creation of any surfaces, objects, sources, and scatter functions.

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Set up your system

OpticStudio’s intuitive user interface includes easy-to-learn tools and wizards which enable efficient simulation and design of any optical system.

With more than 200 field points you can set up even the most complex freeform and non-rotationally symmetric systems.

Design high-confidence virtual prototypes with the only optical design software that can model everything from imaging optics to illumination, including stray light analysis.

View Webinar

Analyze your system to evaluate performance

OpticStudio includes a suite of optical engineering tools to analyze the performance of your system. In addition to the classic analysis functions, OpticStudio also offers Full-field Aberration analysis to improve freeform designs; contrast analysis for MTF optimization; and Image Simulation to produce photorealistic images of object scenes.

View Webinar

Optimize your system to meet manufacturing specifications

State-of-the-art optimization tools automatically improve the performance of optical designs based on user-defined constraints and design goals. This saves time by eliminating design iterations.

Optimize for MTF up to 10x faster with Contrast Optimization - which removes multiple design and test steps inherent in older processes.

View Webinar

Final tolerance analysis to ensure manufacturability

For years, the Monte Carlo tolerance analysis in OpticStudio has been the gold standard for simulating how designs perform in the real world.

More optical research papers rely on OpticStudio to accurately simulate their designs than any other optical software.

With OpticStudio, optical engineers are confident that their systems will meet the real-world performance demands of their customers.

Customize OpticStudio to suit your needs

With the ZOS-API, you can create standalone applications, build your own analyses, and control OpticStudio externally using C#, C++, MATLAB and Python.

Zemax Programming Language (ZPL) enables you to write your own macros to automate repetitive processes.

Custom DLLs allow creation of any surfaces, objects, sources, and scatter functions.

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Customer Success Stories

Healthcare

Imaging Optics

Advanced tolerancing techniques for endoscope optical design

Manufacturing

Lasers & Fibers

nLIGHT uses OpticStudio to create a robust, multi-kilowatt laser that enriches how devices display images

Defense

Imaging Optics

Flexibility built into OpticStudio helps LightPath design for manufacturability across a range of solutions

Consumer Electronics

Lighting & Illumination

Redefining human-machine interactions through eye tracking

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Find the right plan for your business.

Standard
Best for designing lenses
Professional
Best for designing optical systems
Premium
Best for optical product design
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Phosphor & fluorescence modeling
CAD integrations
Simultaneous instances
2
4
8
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language for low-level macro programming
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Professional
Best for designing optical systems
Premium
Best for optical product design
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Phosphor & fluorescence modeling
CAD integrations
Simultaneous instances
4
8
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Standard
Best for designing lenses
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Simultaneous instances
2
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language for low-level macro programming
Professional
Best for designing optical systems
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Simultaneous instances
4
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Premium
Best for optical product design
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Phosphor & fluorescence modeling
CAD integrations
Simultaneous instances
8
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Professional
Best for designing optical systems
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Simultaneous instances
4
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation
Premium
Best for optical product design
Feature
Industry-leading optimization
Tolerancing & manufacturing tools
Imaging & afocal design
Lighting & illumination design
Lasers & fibers
Stray light analysis
Phosphor & fluorescence modeling
CAD integrations
Simultaneous instances
8
Programming interface
Zemax Programming Language as well as API for full customization & automation

Zemax Training

Individual Training

Learn useful optical design techniques at your own pace.

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Group Training

Empower your team with a Zemax training course.

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Free Tutorials

Develop key skills and enhance productivity.

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OpticStudio Resource Center

See a complete list of OpticStudio features and explanations of how they benefit you
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See a complete list of OpticStudio features and explanations of how they benefit you

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Find out about OpticStudio system requirements.
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Designing for manufacturability with OpticStudio
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Standard, Professional, and Premium?

Standard – best for designing and optimizing simple lenses (sequential systems only). It is the industry standard for basic sequential ray tracing and analysis.

Professional – best for designing optical systems like camera lenses and telescopes (non-sequential capabilities). Alongside Premium, it’s the only solution with both imaging & illumination ray tracing.

Premium – best for complete optical product design like smartphones and satellites (enables CAD integration). It’s really the best solution for accurately simulating the real-world behavior of optical products.

How do I decide the right mix of users for my organization?

Are volume discounts available?

How do I access or request support?

Still have OpticStudio questions? We’re happy to help.

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