Master OpticStudio with classroom training.

Led by expert optical engineers, our hands-on courses teach the most useful optical design techniques.

Zemax training courses are accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certification service.

Accredited CPD event - CPD Provider: 41140 - 2019

Introductory Courses

Fundamentals of Optics


No prior knowledge of OpticStudio required.

Designed for engineers with little to no background in optics, this course teaches foundational concepts in optics and prepares attendees for the Optical System Design Using OpticStudio course.

Topics

  • Day 1: Light propagation, Snell’s Law and first-order optics, and conventions and definitions

  • Day 2: How light is traced in OpticStudio, dispersion and defining materials, and the optical design process

Skills gained

  • Define and use concepts from geometric optics

  • Identify optical system properties

  • Build simple, rotationally symmetric systems

  • Explain how the design process and optimization work

Prerequisites
None. This course is ideal for mechanical or electrical engineers, or those from other engineering disciplines, who need to understand basic concepts of optics and how to apply them within OpticStudio.

Duration
2 days

 

Price
$1,400.00

 

Schedule

March 19 - 20, 2020

Boston

April 20 - 21, 2020

United Kingdom

July 9 - 10, 2020

Kirkland

Optical System Design


Assumes a background in optics or completion of Fundamentals of Optics course. No prior knowledge of OpticStudio is required.

This course provides a solid introduction to the OpticStudio sequential design environment. Attendees will acquire the skills to design, optimize, and tolerance imaging systems through hands-on exercises.

Topics

  • Day 1: Introduction to OpticStudio and review of first- and third-order optics

  • Day 2: Overview of optimization

  • Day 3: 3D systems, multiple configurations, and image simulation

  • Day 4: Tolerancing simple systems

  • Day 5: Real-world tolerancing scenarios

Skills gained

  • Model and analyze the performance of simple sequential systems in OpticStudio

  • Build merit functions to optimize system performance

  • Identify system sensitivities and predict manufacturing and assembly yields

Prerequisites

Knowledge of fundamental optical concepts or completion of the Fundamentals of Optics course.

Duration
5 days

 

Price
$3,500.00


Schedule

December 2 - 6, 2019

United Kingdom

January 20 - 24, 2020

United Kingdom

January 27 - 31, 2020

San Francisco

March 2 - 6, 2020

Germany

March 23 - 27, 2020

Boston

April 13 - 17, 2020

San Francisco

June 15 - 19, 2020

United Kingdom

July 13 - 17, 2020

Kirkland

September 7 - 11, 2020

United Kingdom

November 9 - 13, 2020

San Francisco

December 7 - 11, 2020

United Kingdom

Illumination & Stray Light


Familiarity with illumination or imaging systems encouraged. No prior knowledge of OpticStudio required.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the OpticStudio non-sequential design environment, and is intended for those working on illumination systems or evaluating stray light in imaging systems. Attendees will acquire the skills to design, optimize, and tolerance systems through hands-on exercises.

Topics

  • Day 1: Introduction to non-sequential systems, sources, and analysis methods

  • Day 2: Optimization, tolerancing, complex geometries, and CAD parts

  • Day 3: Using mixed sequential/non-sequential mode, ray splitting, and troubleshooting techniques

  • Day 4: Stray light analysis, scattering, and switching between sequential and non-sequential mode

Skills gained

  • Model, analyze, optimize, and tolerance illumination, imaging, and collimation systems in non-sequential mode

  • Build mixed sequential and non-sequential systems, like prisms, fibers, or other systems that generate total internal reflection (TIR)

  • Conduct stray light analysis of an imaging system

Prerequisites
Familiarity with illumination or imaging systems is encouraged. No prior knowledge of OpticStudio required.  

Duration
4 days

 

Price
$2,800.00

 

Schedule

October 7 - 10, 2019

United Kingdom

February 24 - 27, 2020

San Francisco

March 30 - April 2, 2020

United Kingdom

August 11 - 14, 2020

Kirkland

October 5 - 8, 2020

United Kingdom

Advanced Courses

Advanced Optical System Design


Requires strong familiarity with OpticStudio or completion of Optical System Design Using OpticStudio course.

This course teaches advanced topics in optical system design using sequential mode in OpticStudio. Attendees will learn the key features and functions to take an imaging or afocal design from initial specification to manufacture and testing.

Topics

  • Day 1: Local and global optimization, thermal analysis, and diffractive optics

  • Day 2: Diffraction, thin-film coatings and polarization, and introduction to freeforms and aspheres

  • Day 3: Designing with freeforms and aspheres and an introduction to tolerancing

  • Day 4: Tolerancing advanced systems and 3D systems

  • Day 5: Simulating lasers and optical fibers

Skills gained

  • Use freeform and aspheric surfaces

  • Perform advanced tolerancing techniques

  • Use physical optics propagation, Gaussian beams, and geometric rays to simulate lasers and optical fibers, and explain when to use each tool

Prerequisites
A background in optics and experience with OpticStudio or attendance of Optical System Design Using OpticStudio.

Duration
5 days

 

Price
$3,500.00

 

Schedule

November 4 - 8, 2019

United Kingdom

February 3 - 7, 2020

United Kingdom

April 20 - 24, 2020 

France

June 1 - 5, 2020

Kirkland

July 6 - 10, 2020

United Kingdom

October 19 - 23, 2020

San Francisco

November 2 - 6, 2020

United Kingdom

   

Programming OpticStudio


Indispensable training for anyone wanting to write their own code to control OpticStudio or interface it to other programs.

This course teaches how to utilize the ZOS-API.NET to build
standalone applications in C#, control OpticStudio through MATLAB or C#, design custom analyses. Learn Zemax Programming Language (ZPL) macro programming, how to create user-defined features (surfaces, objects, sources, etc.) and operands.

Topics

  • Day 1: ZPL and ZOS-API.NET with examples in C# and MATLAB

  • Day 2: User-defined operands and surfaces, and non-sequential programming

Skills gained

  • Simplify common workflows using ZPL

  • Program new operands, surfaces, and objects in OpticStudio

  • Use the ZOS-API to create and analyze systems with C# and MATLAB

Prerequisites
Experience with OpticStudio and at least one high-level programming language is required. Knowledge of MATLAB is encouraged for MATLAB-specific material, but is not required.

Duration
2 days

Price
$1400.00

Schedule

October 17 - 18, 2019

San Francisco

May 18 - 19, 2020

United Kingdom

May 28 - 29, 2020

Kirkland

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