Everything you need to design optical systems

Trusted, comprehensive optical design software

OpticStudio® is the world’s leading optical, illumination, and laser system design software. Top companies in aerospace, astronomy, automotive, biomedical research, consumer electronics, and machine vision, use OpticStudio as their optical systems design tool of choice. With its comprehensive set of analysis and simulation tools, OpticStudio stands alone in its feature set. No other optical software on the market today offers state-of-the-art optimization and tolerancing tools alongside a seamless integration to software created for CAD users, streamlining your team’s workflow and helping you get fully validated optomechanical designs out to market faster.

Six steps to design your optical system in OpticStudio:

1. 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.

Webinar: Combining Sequential and Non-Sequential >

2. 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.

Webinar: Simulating image quality >

3. Understand how early design choices impact the manufacturability of the optical system
With Quick Yield, High-Yield Optimization and Tolerance Data Analyses, optical designers understand the impact of their design decisions.

Empowering optical design teams to quickly check manufacturability reduces production costs ands leads teams to get better products to market faster.

eGuide: 5 Step Manufacturability Workflow>

4. 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.

Webinar: Contrast Optimization >

5. 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.

Webinar: Tolerancing real-world optical systems>

6. 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.

Webinar: Matlab & ZOS-API >

Our customers have access to training and global support

Hands-on training

Expand your optical and illumination design capabilities with instructor-led training delivered in classrooms around the world. All courses are taught by our internal team of optical engineers.

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Worldwide support

Our team of optical and mechanical engineers is available to answer questions about installation, customization, applications, and more.

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Interested in an OpticStudio product demo for you and your team?

See for yourself how the world’s best optical engineers create amazing designs.