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Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder
Optomechanical Design Software

Empower optical and mechanical teams to work together efficiently. Design exceptional optical products with faster manufacturing and time to market.

Get optical products to market faster

Flawlessly convert lens design data into native CAD to build optical designs faster with fewer errors. Easily see mechanical impacts on optical performance and maintain design quality throughout the optomechanical design process. Create ISO-compliant optical drawings at the push of a button.

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    Faster time-to-market
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    Analyze mechanical impact
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    Eliminate costly re-work
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    Optimize for manufacturing
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JULY 2023

What's New

Ansys Zemax 2023 R2 release adds features and enhancements to meet our customers' needs for state-of-the-art optical design and workflow optimization, saving time and money and bringing products to market faster.

Equatio-driven import
Support for Creo 8 and 9:

OpticsBuilder supports PTC Creo Parametric 8 & 9 and allows users to stay current with the current releases of PTC Creo Parametric while still utilizing the OpticsBuilder add-in.

Fold Mirror tool updates
Fold Mirror tool:

Place fold mirrors that allow your optical productto fit in tight space constraints. With Ansys 2023 R2 release, the fold mirror tool includes the ability to undo and edit fold mirrors and more flexibility with placement within the optical layout.

Quick Specs

Design exceptional products more efficiently and deliver them to manufacturing with confidence. Empower engineers to work together on a single, shared file across optical and mechanical teams. Analyze performance of optomechanical packaging and create optical drawings with a single click.

  • Quick, secure file sharing
  • Centralized workflow between engineers
  • Built-in optomechanical packaging analysis
  • Single file for entire optical design
  • Easy, fast, accurate import to CAD
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use UI
  • Equation-driven import
  • Push-button optical drawing creation
  • Reduce and prevent mechanical revisions

Read an OpticsBuilder Case Study

2023 R2 OpticStudio

“By enhancing its optical design workflow using OpticStudio’s native RCWA algorithm, Vivo boosts productivityto stay innovative and competitive in a fast-moving market.”

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Vivo's customers continuously seek new features and improvements that give them the latest and greatest applications for optics technologies. Many of the most impactful recentdevelopments use diffractive optical elements (DOEs), which utilize the wave characteristics of light to achieve new levels of functionality, performance, and miniaturization for camera lenses and augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) equipment.

Designs that include DOE require diffractive optics simulation capabilities beyond those of traditional geometric optics. To achieve these DOE capabilities, Vivo wrote code that implemented the new simulation types needed for testing and tolerancing the DOE-based designs. Vivo remained mindful of the ongoing need to achieve the miniaturization and performance their customers expected. Developing these designs gave Vivo access to valuable new features they could now offer in their cell phone and AR/VR products. Vivo wanted a reliable way of doing this quickly to achieve the time-to-market goals required to maintain a competitive advantage.


What can OpticsBuilder do for you?

Design mechanical structures around optical components in minutes using the exact optical component data through convert and build into native CAD. Avoid errors and costly rework by using dynamic ray tracing in CAD to analyze the impact of mechanical components on optical integrity. Save time by automatically filling optical manufacturing data into CAD drawings pulled directly from Ansys Zemax OpticStudio.

Convert and build into CAD
Convert and build into CAD

Save hours spent recreating optics in CAD. Enable CAD users to automatically convert and build lens design data from OpticStudio, including lens materials, positions, sources, wavelengths, and detectors into native CAD parts and assemblies.

analyze optomechanical packaging
Analyze optomechanical packaging

Avoid surprises by catching and correcting errors during initial optomechanical product design. Design mechanical parts correctly the first time. Easily run ray tracing in CAD to analyze how mechanical packaging impacts the optical performance.

optical drawings
Automatically create optical drawings

Share ISO 10110 compliant optical drawings with a push of a button using an automatic optical drawing design export tool that even works with your own custom drawing templates.


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Featured Webinars

Discover OpticsBuilder Capabilities for Advanced Telescope Design
Discover OpticsBuilder Capabilities for Advanced Telescope Design

The webinar covers theentire telescope designprocess, from the optical design in OpticStudio to the development of the mechanical housing within Creo Parametric with the OpticsBuilder add-in.

Using Advanced Optics for Consumer Wellness Product Development
Using Advanced Optics for Consumer Wellness Product Development

This webinar is tailored to engineers to validate optical systems, focusing on the use case of a smar tband. The webinar provides insights into how to effectively validate the optical system of a smart band with a heart rate sensor.

Zemax-Speos Workflow for Endoscope Design from Component to System Level
Zemax-Speos Workflow for Endoscope Design from Component to System Level

Nonsurgical medical procedures such as endoscopy can diagnose, measure, monitor, or treat interior diseases or injuries. Endoscopes rely on the imaging quality of their optical systems, and high-precision optics must provide high-resolution images while complying with challenging form factors and tight optomechanical constraints.

HUD Workflow Example
HUD Workflow Example

As Heads Up Displays (HUDs) become more prevalent in the automotive industry, designers and engineers are interested in simulating and integrating these systems with autonomous driving.

White Paper

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Optimizing Performance in Ultra-Short Throw Projector Design with OpticStudio and OpticsBuilder

This paper walks you through the five stages of an Ansys Zemax-enabled ultra-short throw projector system design and analysis, showing how our integrated tools help reduce the time, required expertise, and risk of errors associated with incorporating optomechanical system analysis into ultra-short throw projector system design.

Ansys software is accessible

It's vital to Ansys that all users, including those with disabilities, can access our products. As such, we endeavor to follow accessibility requirements based on the US Access Board (Section 508), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the current format of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

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