Upgrading OpticStudio

Upgrading delivers value beyond simple dollars and cents. It adds benefits that contribute to both individual and organizational success.

  • Reduce expensive prototyping costs - Accurately simulate advanced optical and illumination system designs to reduce the number of prototypes required. A Premium Edition upgrade adds real-time modification capabilities with dynamic opto-mechanical tools and in-depth stray light analysis.

  • Remove barriers - Ensure that your software is not limiting your optical engineering design capability. Upgrading adds functions and features to expand visibility, test results, and simulate variances to ensure design integrity.

  • Create opportunities with versatility - Quickly expand to include non-sequential, lasers, fibers, and lighting system designs. Maintain the same core operating functions and software logic to minimize the learning curve when expanding to new products to serve new markets. 

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OpticStudio provides the flexibility to choose the optical and illumination design features you need, and you can upgrade at any time.

  • Standard - For designing lenses and simulating complex imaging and afocal systems. Includes tools for comprehensive sequential system design, including polarization analysis, optimization, tolerancing, geometric and diffraction analysis, and image simulation. 

  • Professional - For simulating laser beam propagation, stray light, and illumination systems. Includes all features in the Standard Edition, plus features to simulate, analyze, optimize, and tolerance illumination, laser, and fiber systems.

  • Premium - Our flagship edition for designing comprehensive optical and illumination systems. Includes all features in the Professional Edition, plus dynamic CAD control, illumination maps, LightningTrace™, phosphors and fluorescence simulation, and the complete set of source and scatter data libraries.

  • Online - For designing comprehensive optical and illumination systems online. Includes all features in the most up-to-date Premium Edition, accessible anywhere with an HTML5-compliant browser. 

Upgrade Features

Each upgrade unlocks new functions and features to keep pace with your evolving needs. 

Upgrading Standard to Professional

Unlocks new capabilities and adds more functions for design, simulation, and optimization of illumination, laser and fiber systems:

  • Up to 50 field points: efficiently design and tolerance non-rotationally symmetric systems with up to 50 field points.
  • Contrast Optimization: optimize systems for MTF at least 30 times faster using the Moore-Elliott method by Zemax.
  • Laser beam analysis: propagate fully coherent, arbitrary profile beams, accounting for diffraction from all apertures in the system. Simulates diffraction from pinholes and other wave-like phenomena properly.
  • Illumination system design/analysis: 3D modeling of systems using non-sequential ray tracing with none of the assumptions used in sequential system design.
  • Comprehensive stray light analysis: non-sequential ray tracing goes beyond simple ghost analysis with user-definable coat/scatter data and CAD import to accurately simulate surface finishes and mounts. Isolate the cause of stray light by tracing all possible paths with ray splitting and ray filtering tools.
  • Stock lens matching tool: replace manual trial and error testing with an automated tool that selects the right off-the-shelf lens for your optical system design.
  • Dynamic MATLAB link for post-processing: drive OpticStudio from MATLAB! Write MATLAB scripts that execute action in OpticStudio and return data for post processing without leaving the MATLAB GUI.

Upgrading Professional to Premium

Expands your capabilities with extensive resource libraries and breakthrough illumination and opto-mechanical features for state-of-the-art design, simulation, and optimization. The Premium Edition adds:

  • Comprehensive opto-mechanical simulation: all the features in the Professional Edition plus a live CAD software link enables dynamic modification of CAD parts inside OpticStudio and create CAD parts using Part Designer.
  • Over 200 field points: accurately simulate and optimize highly complex freeform systems with more than 200 field points.
  • Extensive stray light simulation: all the features in the Professional Edition plus advanced path analysis to determine the most problematic stray light paths automatically.
  • Real-time system analysis and optimization: get instantaneous ray trace results with LightingTrace™. Change parameters and immediately see the change in energy distribution to optimize faster than with standard ray tracing.
  • Advanced light source and light path analysis: trace rays from multiple source with source illumination mapping. Simulate luminous flux at an area of interest with Reverse Radiance™, a unique reverse ray tracing feature
  • Roadway lighting system design: determines whether a luminaire is passing or failing the CIE 140-2000 specification, and optimizes your design to achieve compliance with the standard.
  • Phosphors and fluorescence: simulate a wide variety of phosphors and fluorophores with the more accurate photoluminescence model on the market.