Zemax Virtual Prototyping
Improve the speed and accuracy of optomechanical product designs.
Zemax Virtual Prototyping bridges the divide between optical design and mechanical design. It’s the only solution to create a working virtual prototype of the entire optomechanical product—not just the optical or mechanical components alone.
LensMechanix brings the power of OpticStudio ray tracing straight to the mechanical CAD package so that mechanical, product, and systems engineers can ensure the quality of the optical performance throughout the entire design cycle.
With Zemax Virtual Prototyping, Global Surgical cut product development time in half.
A-Series Microscope Project Timeline
106 days cut from project
With Zemax Virtual Prototyping
Without Zemax Virtual Prototyping
Simplify communication between optical and mechanical engineers.
Design time has big cost impacts. Rather than spending a lot of time poring over drawings and clarifying optical specs, the mechanical engineer can begin designing mechanical components within minutes of loading the optical design into LensMechanix. Increasing your engineering team’s efficiencies results in significant cost savings.
Maintain design fidelity during file handoffs between OpticStudio and CAD platforms.
Mechanical engineers can access all the optical design data in the CAD environment, so they don’t need to make assumptions about the optical system or rebuild geometry. And they can make informed mechanical design decisions. When teams are stretched to capacity, the ability to minimize guesswork pays off in shorter time to market.
Catch and correct errors early when changes are easier and less costly.
Mechanical engineers can simulate the impact of mechanical components on optical performance by simulating how rays travel through the optomechanical system. With Zemax Virtual Prototyping, teams can resolve errors before building costly physical prototypes. And they can often design simpler systems to achieve the same objectives with lower manufacturing costs.
Thousands of organizations use our software to develop cutting-edge optical products.
Here’s what a few of them have to say.
"In time savings, we knocked this project out of the park. We had a fully functional physical prototype in the hands of marketing for evaluation three months ahead of schedule. We got to start working on the next design project early"
Robert Mentzer, Optical Engineer
Global Surgical Corporation
"By using OpticStudio and LensMechanix, we honed in very quickly on one design. We had a high-quality optical and mechanical design candidate in one week. We could then turn our attention to things like color, feel, and exterior cosmetics."
"The handoff from OpticStudio to LensMechanix is clearly superior. Not just for drawings and line work, it significantly sped up the mechanical design. I already had a mechanical head start by having all the optics locked in space. I did not have to redraw the lenses in SOLIDWORKS or pull data from the spec sheet."
Tim Stiefferman, Mechanical Engineer
Global Surgical Corporation
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