OpticStudio 15 is the newest version of optical and illumination design software from Zemax. New added features enable
  • Better integration with other programs
  • Streamline cost estimates for prototype lenses
  • Create photoluminescence models with realistic material inputs
  • Expand freeform optics design capabilities
Application Programming Interface (API) – a new set of COM/.NET functions that expose analyses, tools, and editors to external programs. Most actions that can be performed manually inside the program can be called through the API, giving users the power to expand the program’s capabilities. The new API supersedes the antiquated DDE capability providing an extensive degree of control and is available in the Premium and Professional Editions. OpticStudio 15 can mimic a built in analysis by using the special API functions to generate plots, text, and dialogs that look native. Additionally OpticStudio 15 can serve as an optimization operand whose sole purpose is to calculate and return a value for optimization.

ISO 10110 XML Output and Prototype Estimator - export standard ISO 10110 drawing data of optical designs in XML format for manufacturing. The new XML format enables designers and manufacturers to develop automated processes for prototyping and fabricating lenses, potentially reading the data directly into a CNC or diamond turning machine.
The Lens Cost Estimator – a new tool in OpticStudio 15 Professional and Premium Editions uses the new XML export format to send lens prescriptions to a manufacturer and receive real-time prototype cost estimates. Optimax is the first manufacturer supported, and the Lens Cost Estimator will retrieve an estimate from the Optimax Estimate web application. The new Lens Cost Estimator combined with sensitivity optimization and tolerancing are powerful tools that assist the designer in achieving cost-effective solutions.

Photoluminescent Materials - are phosphors used in LEDs and fluorescent dyes used in biomedical imaging. Accurate modeling of photoluminescence requires not only spectral properties, but particle properties to account for the scattering that occurs in these materials.
OpticStudio 15 supports photoluminescence modeling with more realistic inputs. Designers define an absorption spectrum, excitation spectrum or quantum yield, emission spectrum, and particle parameters. These properties can be assigned to any volumetric object in non-sequential mode. In addition, data for several sample phosphor materials are included. This capability supersedes the more approximate waveshift model of photoluminescence and is included in the Premium Edition.

Object Editor – the first of several planned innovations offering users the option of design environment as some users prefer a spreadsheet paradigm, while others prefer a more CAD-like interface. This new feature available in the Premium and Professional Editions allows users to modify any object’s parameter through a graphical user interface similar to CAD programs. Design changes are synced through the entire system so that the editors stay up to date. This would be most useful to designers modeling non-sequential systems that are based upon 3D objects and coordinate systems.

Expanded Freeform Optics - OpticStudio supports several surfaces that can be used for freeform optical design, and all Editions of OpticStudio 15 include Chebyshev surface. This surface along with Zernike polynomials, general XY polynomials, NURB and Bezier splines offer powerful freeform design tools. As manufacturing methods have advanced, optical designers are now able to feasibly incorporate these types of surfaces into their systems. These surfaces can all be optimized and constrained to meet performance and manufacturing constraints.

Zemax OpticStudio V15 SP1

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