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Ansys Zemax OpticStudio
Optical Workflow & Design Software

Get everything you need to simulate, optimize, and tolerance your optical designs. Design high-confidence virtual prototypes that you can thoroughly analyze before manufacturing.

Achieve on-time, on-budget optical design cycles

Discover new ways to turn innovative ideas into products that shape the world. OpticStudio is the standard for optical, illumination, and laser system design in leading companies throughout the optics industry and at universities around the world.

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    Analyze, optimize, tolerance
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    Global userbase
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    Leading industry standard
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    Built-in STOP analysis available

Case Studies

Introducing CGH to AR devices

Introducing CGH to AR devices

VividQ uses OpticStudioto design a revolutionary AR headse


What's New

Ansys Zemax OpticStudio 2023 R1 add ssupport for Composite Surfaces defining 2D diffraction gratings, and non-sequential tracing of single rays.

Lumerical 2D RCWA DLL
Lumerical 2D RCWA DLL(Premium and Enterprise editions)

Simulate and optimize complex 2D gratings used in advanced AR and HUD systems by dynamically linking OpticStudio to the Lumerical RCWA solver tocalculatediffraction efficiency when Lumerical FDTD is installed on the same PC.

Composite Surface capability
Composite Surface capability

Easily create and tolerate complex surface geometries in sequential mode, including directly tolerancing irregularities on sag-based surfaces and stacked composite veneers without requiring workarounds.

Non-sequential single ray tracing
Non-sequential single ray tracing

Design great AR optical systems through a better understanding of ray behavior in exit pupil expanders and other complex imaging systems. Analyze and visualize single rays in non-sequential mode without affecting your original system.

Thermal Analysis & Results
Structural, Thermal Analysis & Results (STAR) enhancements (Enterprise edition)

Get active rigid body motion (RBM) decoupling for more granular control during analysis; improved speed for using the Ray Aiming function with STAR; and closer trimming of voxels to the aperture in STAR System Viewer.

Featured Webinars

On Demand Webinar
Ansys 2023 R1: Ansys Zemax OpticStudio and OpticsBuilder What’s New

Learn about the latest updates and functionality in Ansys Zemax OpticStudio and Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder in this upcoming webinar. This 2023 R1 Release includes the Composite Surface (CS) property, allowing users to add the sag of one surface to the next surface and the change in optical performance due to surface deformations and rigid body motions.

Quick Specs

Improve your optics workflow to spend more time validating and adding quality to your designs. Automate workflows with our API. With OpticStudio STAR (Enterprise edition only) quickly analyzes the impacts of structural and thermal loads.

  • Industry-leading optical system design
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use UI
  • Phosphor & fluorescence modeling (Premium)
  • Optimize & tolerance for manufacturability
  • Lasers & fibers
  • Dynamic CAD integrations (Premium)
  • Robust, powerful ray tracing
  • API for customization and automation
  • Stray light analysis
  • STAR-enabled STOP analysis (Enterprise)

Designing to Optimize Manufacturability


“OpticStudio makes it easy to use different optimization techniques at different points in the process. Using OpticStudio allowed us to work in the most efficient way possible.”

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Optics and photonics leader LightPath needed a better way of managing the complexities of its designs for aspheric lenses, which can be very expensive to machine. To ensure their aspheric lens designs were production ready, LightPath used OpticStudio to apply local and global optimization, Hammer Optimization (which helps seek out design solutions outside the local space), and Contrast Optimization to refine the designs for peak optical performance before manufacturing. By reducing the number of costly prototypes, LightPath saved time and money and helped more rapidly generate viable, marketable products. Optimization toolsets in OpticStudio empowered the LightPath teams to focus on quality, performance, and workflow automation while getting to market faster through predictive manufacturability.

Easily Use OpticStudio With Other Ansys Products

Realize the Multiphysics potential of an end-to-end optics portfolio by combining Ansys Zemax OpticStudio with Ansys Lumerical and Ansys Speos. Streamline workflows and communication across photonic, optical, mechanical, and manufacturing engineers.

Microscale component modeling

Optimize the design of photonic components, circuits, and systems at the chip level with waveguides, sensors, and microlenses

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Imaging the physical world

Apply ray tracing analysis, optimization, and optical and mechanical tolerancing via API-driven automation to refine optical designs

Mesh Adaptivity
Simulating human perception

Predict the illumination and optical performance of systems via lighting simulation and integrations into 3D environments


Autonomous Sensor Development

Autonomous Sensor Development

Comprehensive autonomous vehicle sensor simulation capability that includes lidar, radar, and camera design and development.

Autonomous System Validation

Autonomous System Validation

Model-based safety and cybersecurity solutions accelerate autonomous system development and certification.



Rapid and reliable innovation and testing of new cardiovascular medical devices and implants


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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