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Optical System Simulation 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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JULY 2021

What's New

In Ansys 2021 R2,  Ansys Speos introduces powerful new modeling, visualization and lidar features, accelerating your time to market.

  • Boost Your Optical Simulation with Productivity Enhancement: Manage and explore multiple Material Libraries and add libraries easily to your project for faster simulation set up.
    Simulation meshing is now 20x faster and local meshing up to 100x faster compared to previous versions.
  • Visualize Your Optical Simulation with Speos Live Preview: Speos Live Preview provides you with a 100% true-to-life way to quickly view the same results as those produced with Speos CPU.
  • Design Your Optical Simulation with Robust Design Geometries: Spread control on TIR Lens makes your optical lighting designs easier.
  • Expanded Sensor Simulation Capabilities: New dynamic lidar capabilities enable object movement during lidar scanning simulations, allowing you to evaluate distortion on the raw signal.
    Scanning and rotating lidar sensor simulations are now compatible with Speos HPC and Ansys Cloud.


Optics & Virtual Reality (VR) 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.

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Vehicle Exterior

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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 + Safran Aerosystems

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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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Almeco Group – Presenting a Smart Virtual Reality Experience for Lighting

Aluminum manufacturer, Almeco, uses Ansys Speos to test its light reflectors in a virtual environment.

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Ansys OPTIS & Quintessence Yachts: Using Virtual Reality as a Highly Reliable Marketing Tool

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