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Optical Simulation and Design Software

Modeling light propagation and its impact is crucial for measuring product performance and human comfort, perception and safety. Ansys Optics & VR uniquely simulates a system’s optical performance and evaluates the final illumination effect, predicts and validates the impact of lighting and material variations on appearance and perceived quality all in real conditions. Visualize your product before it exists to deliver the ultimate virtual customer experience

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Ansys Speos

Ansys Speos lets you see optical simulation in a new light

Optical Simulation in a New Light

High Level Features

Let Ansys Optics & Virtual Reality optical simulation software lead you to the best solution, no matter the style of your project. The software easily solves complex optical problems and refines visual appearance for perceived quality. Significantly elevate final product quality with true-to-life visual experiences and combine design and engineering processes into a single, connected workflow. Prepare and appraise virtual prototypes of a cockpit HMI in a real-time, immersive VR environment. Or, simulate for optical sensors on autonomous vehicles with the diversity offered by Ansys Optics & Virtual Reality

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Optics and VR

Ansys Speos continues to push the innovation envelope to deliver accurate, high-performance simulation capabilities for optics designers. The 2022R2 release provides powerful capabilities that speed time to result, improve simulation accuracy, and expand interoperability with other Ansys products.

The 2022 R2 release of Ansys Lumerical introduces a series of powerful new capabilities to extend usability, accuracy, performance, and functionality across its family of products. These new features enhance modeling capabilities for electro-optical devices, from SPADs to microLEDs and lasers, and empower photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designer with new capabilities for process-aware design and electronic-photonic design automation (EPDA). Several improvements for integrated flows with Zemax and Speos further streamline modeling of nanoscale to macroscale optics for augmented reality, metalens design, and imaging systems.

Ansys Zemax OpticStudio provides everything a customer needs to simulate, optimize, and tolerate optical designs. Customers can design high-confidence virtual prototypes that they can thoroughly test before manufacturing. Customers can improve their optics workflow by spending more time validating and adding quality to their designs. Automate workflows with our API. OpticStudio STAR (Enterprise edition only) quickly analyzes the impacts of structural and thermal loads.

Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder supports a more efficient optical design workflow across engineering teams. Shorten time-to-build for optical designs with fast, flawless conversion into CAD. Easily share files in a standard format across optical and mechanical engineering teams. 



Ansys R2: What's New In Ansys Speos

Ansys Speos continues to push the innovation envelope to deliver accurate, high-performance simulation capabilities for optics designers. The 2022 R2 release provides powerful capabilities that speed time to result, improve simulation accuracy, and expand interoperability with other Ansys products.


Ansys R2: What’s New in Zemax OpticStudio and OpticsBuilder

Ansys Zemax OpticStudio provides everything you need for designing and simulating an end-to-end optical system. Join our upcoming webinar as we introduce two new products, Ansys Zemax OpticStudio and Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder, to design and simulate an end-to-end optical system.

Optical Simulation and Design Software Products



Ansys Optics & VR predicts the illumination and optical performance of systems while allowing you to visualize future products in virtual reality. Experience physics-based light simulation to understand how your products look under real-world lighting and usage conditions. A mix of virtual prototyping and interactivity allows for the safe optimization of optical sensor layouts for autonomous vehicles

Ansys physics-based imaging, illumination and optical design simulation software streamlines the design process to better understand how your product will perform under real-world lighting and usage conditions.

When customers evaluate your products, the overall look and details can make the difference. Simulate light interactions with materials so you can see how your product will appear in real-world conditions, letting you see eye to eye with your customers and making decisions. 

Optical sensors are the eyes of any intelligent system. Assess raw signals from camera and lidar systems in their operating environments. Post-process simulated data to optimize sensor layouts on vehicles in dynamic driving conditions. 

Use real-time, interactive and immersive environments to experience your prototype in virtual reality on a 1:1 scale. Ansys VRXPERIENCE offers customized driving scenarios for testing on virtual HMIs, considering human factors analyses and cognitive workloads.



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Autonomous vehicle sensor simulation including lidar, radar and camera design

Autonomous Sensor Development

Ansys provides a comprehensive autonomous vehicle sensor simulation capability that includes lidar, radar and camera design and development.

Vehicle Exterior

Vehicle Exterior

Ansys simulation enables you to optimize automotive exteriors by lowering drag, reducing weight and improving fuel efficiency and range.

Vehicle Interior

Vehicle Interior

Learn how Ansys simulation enables the optimization of vehicle interior design, from comfort and noise to the human machine interface.

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Ansys + CEVT

Optical engineers at CEVT rely on Ansys’ physics-based simulations to meet and exceed design challenges.

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Ansys + Safran Aerosystems

Safran Aerosystems develops exterior aircraft lighting of the future thanks to optical simulation with Ansys Speos.

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Ansys + Lite-On Technologies

Lite-On Technology of Taiwan used Ansys Speos determined the quality of automotive HUD virtual images using optical metrics.


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