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What is the Zemax Part Designer?

What is Zemax Part Designer?
The Zemax Part designer is an interface that allows users to create and manipulate Part Designer Object (PDO)geometries in an environment separate of Zemax IE.  Special features such as the “Ghost View” and On-The-Go Geometry creation allow users to quickly build, assess, and modify individual steps leading up to the final object.  Using the ZPD’s robust toolset, users may quickly modify and add commands and operations to a Zemax Part Object (ZPO) file and generate results within moments.  Overall, the Zemax Part Deisgner (ZPD) allows for a streamlined process to incorporate solid 3-D geometry into the user’s Zemax Non-Sequential designs.  
This article illustrates the following:
• Basic introduction to the user interface of the Zemax Part Designer
• Creating an elementary Part Designer Object for use in Zemax
• Manipulating and viewing the part

What Scattering Models are Available in Zemax?

This article provides a summary of the surface and bulk scattering models available in Zemax.

Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: May 26, 2010

What is "Technical Support"?

This article explains what you can expect from the Engineering Services team and from your technical support contract.

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: March 6, 2017

How to Reverse an Optical System

This article explains how to use the Reverse Elements tool to reverse an entire sequential optical system.

Authored By: Andrew Locke

Published On: December 8, 2015

How to Use Vignetting Factors

This article describes the use of vignetting factors in modeling a system with fixed apertures. Vignetting factors can be used to determine the size and shape of the beam which passes through the system unobscured. These factors also provide a mechanism for efficient optimization of such systems.


Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: December 17, 2009

How to Model an Off-Axis Parabolic Mirror at Finite Conjugates

This article explains how to model an off-axis parabolic mirror when the source is a finite distance away from the mirror.

Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: October 21, 2015

How to Create a Double Pass Optical System

This article describes the make double pass tool, which automates the creation of double pass, sequential optical systems.

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: July 7, 2011

What Does the Term Apodization Mean?

Question: Why is the illumination of the stop surface referred to as "Apodization"? And What Does Apodization Do?


Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: September 17, 2015

How Do I Create Presentation Quality Graphics and Animations?

This article covers various methods for creating, annotating, exporting, and animating quality graphics for presentations and reports. 

Important Note: This applies to Zemax release 13 and older. It is retained here for reference purposes. 

Authored By: Dan Hill

Published On: October 27, 2005

How Do I Save Text Files Without a .TXT Extension?

Question: How can I prevent my text editor from adding .TXT extensions to text files that I save?

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: July 26, 2011

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