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Ansys Zemax Aspheres and Freeforms (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

The Ansys Zemax Aspheres and Freeform training series is a specific course about optical design using optical components with shapes that are not bound by rotational symmetry and support higher order curves and localized profiles offer unique design challenges.


  • Knowledge of fundamental optical concepts.
  • Experience in the use of OpticStudio is assumed.

Teaching Method

This is a self-paced course covering lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. A training certificate is provided to all attendees who complete the course.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discover what aspheric and freeform surfaces are available in Zemax OpticStudio.
  • Learn how to Optimize and Tolerance those advanced surfaces.
  • Practice designing a TMA telescope and an imaging prism with freeforms.

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.

Self-paced Learning 

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription.


This self-paced course is approximately 6 hours.

  • Introduction to Asphere and Freeforms
  • Asphere example: a simple singlet
  • Aspheric and freeform surfaces in OpticStudio
  • Comparing Even Asphere and Q-Type Asphere
  • Aspheric Conversion tool
  • Aspheric Testing and Metrology
  • Aspheric Manufacturing