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Zemax Europe

Zemax fuels innovation in optical design by streamlining the workflow between optical and mechanical engineers. Zemax Virtual Prototyping combines OpticStudio®, the industry-leading optical design software, and LensMechanix®, the best application for mechanical engineers to package optical systems in CAD software. Using this collaborative system, fast-charging engineering teams have seen unprecedented success, with improved optical performance, shorter time to market, and reduced costs.

Around the time the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, Zemax began delivering optical software and services to help engineers, scientists, researchers, and students bring their ideas into reality. For more than 26 years, we’ve remained true to the vision of our founder Dr. Ken Moore: to offer a rock-solid physics architecture, to uphold a culture of excellence and innovation, and to always listen to our customers.

Product teams are under pressure to develop the best products in the shortest time possible. Companies that design optical systems are seeking ways to get to market faster. Modern virtual prototyping is the answer.

Zemax software helps companies get to a qualified design more quickly by streamlining the workflow and communication between optical and mechanical engineers. Zemax Virtual Prototyping tools include OpticStudio®, the industry-leading optical design software, and LensMechanix®, the best application for mechanical engineers to package optical systems in CAD software. OpticStudio and LensMechanix use the same physics core relied on by NASA and industry leaders to analyze and validate complete product designs.

In addition to unmatched software value, we offer comprehensive technical support and introductory, advanced, and customized training. Our global team serves customers in English, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. With headquarters in the Seattle area and offices in the UK, Japan, Taiwan, and China, we’re proud to have the most passionate, worldwide user base in the industry.


Zemax Virtual Prototyping

Bridge the idea gap. Improve the speed and accuracy of optomechanical product designs.

Harness the most robust virtual prototyping tools

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.

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Create imaging optics, lighting and illumination systems, and laser systems.

With its comprehensive set of analysis and simulation tools, OpticStudio® is used across a wide variety of industries to design optical systems, from aerospace and astronomy, to automotive, biomedical research, consumer electronics, machine vision, and more.

Improve design performance by optimizing with precision.

Manually adjust your system with optimization tools like the sliders in the Visual Optimizer, or let the advanced optimization algorithms find the best design for you. These algorithms automatically maximize your system performance by changing parameters in your design, such as lens radii, thicknesses, and materials. Algorithms include the fast Local Optimizer and the exhaustive Global Search Optimizer. You can also rapidly optimize for MTF using Contrast Optimization.

Ensure manufacturability with comprehensive tolerancing features

Tolerance to get it right the first time. Run a tolerance sensitivity analysis to calculate how each tolerance will affect your system performance, or let OpticStudio calculate the allowable tolerances for you by running an inverse sensitivity analysis. Then, simulate the aggregate effect of all tolerances with a Monte Carlo tolerance analysis. This analysis generates
manufacturing yield statistics so you know what percentage of manufactured systems meet specifications.

Import, optimize, and export CAD parts with OpticStudio

For parts that are in the optical path, dynamically open native SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo Parametric, and Autodesk Inventor parts and optimize them in OpticStudio. Or, use the built-in CAD program, Part Designer, to create custom shapes for any application. To get designs to market faster, mechanical engineers can use LensMechanix® to package optical systems in CAD software and simulate the impact of mechanical designs on optical performance. They can save an OpticStudio file of the complete optomechanical assembly for optical engineers to analyze the same design.

Program OpticStudio to fit your needs

Three features help you customize your experience:

• ZOS-API – Create applications, or build your own analysis using the application programming interface
• Zemax Programming Language – Write your own macros in OpticStudio
• User-defined surfaces and objects – Program in any surface shape, phase, transmission function, or gradient index. 

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Improve the accuracy of optomechanical product designs.

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. LensMechanix is available for SOLIDWORKS and a version for Creo is available for early adopters, with other CAD platforms to follow.

Ensure optical performance throughout the design process.

Nobody likes surprises when a prototype or product is built. With LensMechanix, you can assess optical performance at any point in the design process, ensuring the original design intent is maintained and preventing any unintended consequences of design decisions. Even a simple chamfer can direct stray light into your optical system, with potentially catastrophic consequences for product performance—and your reputation.

Work on the same design file in your preferred environment

Mistakes are made when incomplete design information is shared among team members. If the design changes, the problem gets worse. With LensMechanix and OpticStudio, the design team works with the same design information. Changes to the design are quickly propagated through the system, eliminating errors, improving performance, and beating schedule dates.

Accelerate time to market

By enabling mechanical engineers to catch and correct issues during the initial design phase, LensMechanix gets products to market faster. For example, Global Surgical—a leading provider of dental microscopy—produced a successful physical prototype of a redesigned eyepiece in their A-Series dental microscope months ahead of schedule.

Maintain design fidelity

When mechanical engineers using LensMechanix work with optical engineers using OpticStudio, they can collaborate on the same file without any loss of design information. After loading the optical components into SOLIDWORKS or Creo, they can design the mechanical components, and then use ray trace data to analyze the complete optomechanical design. No more relying on ray bundles and guesswork.

Catch and correct mechanical errors early

Use the suite of analysis tools in LensMechanix to identify and resolve mechanical errors early in the design process, so you avoid time-consuming design iterations and minimize costly physical prototypes.

The Optical Performance Summary (OPS) is one of the most powerful analysis tools in LensMechanix to help you detect issues. The OPS compares the performance of the complete optomechanical system to the performance of the original OpticStudio design to assess the entire system on a pass/fail basis and correct any issues.

Go from concept to sales in record time

Companies that standardize on Zemax software on their optical and mechanical engineering teams experience fewer design iterations and physical prototypes—speeding time
to market and reducing development costs.

Download your free trial of LensMechanix here.

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