Optical Design Software

Optical Design software provides an optical designer with a set of tools to evaluate and test the performance of an optical system or apparatus. It is commonly done with a set of visualization tools and a list of activities for the creation of an optical system. The design process begins with basic considerations of spatial and temporal characteristics of the input and the output of an optical system. The consideration can address any vertical in Optics such as Imaging (image distance, sizes, aperture, focal length), Thin Film coating (desired filter, material, layer thickness, uniformity, repeatability, throughput), Non-linear optics ( frequency, polarization, phase or path of incident light), quantum dot (size, wavelength, electronic state) Fourier optics (spatial correlation, Fourier transformation)  Gaussian beam (Radius and beam waist, Gaussian intensity profile) or any other field.

The optical designer must find a suitable starting design, either derived from basic theory, from his experience or from a design library (e.g.  3DOptix design library at https://3doptix.com/collections/software-opt-files). This starting point will be analyzed and optimized, by applying changes to the different optical elements, selecting different optical variables, or even changing the optical elements’ physical locations to improve a performance metric and/or to match the requirements.  

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Q&A

1. What is Optical Design Software?
      • Optical Design software provides an optical designer with a set of tools to evaluate and test the performance of an optical system or apparatus. 
    2. What software is used for Optical Simulation?
        • Zemax 
        • 3DOptix
        • Synopsys 
        • Lumerical
        • Comsol
        • Lambda Research Corporation
      3. What are the advantages of an Optical Simulation Software?
          • Reduced trial and error process 
          • Save time and money in an optical apparatus developments
          • Increases productivity
          • Higher Optical designs quality
          • Reuse and easily change existing Optical designs
          • Simplified in Sharing designs 

        4. Why do optical designers and optical product manufacturers are using optical simulation softwares?

            • Optical simulation solves real-world problems quickly, safely and efficiently. The simulation provides an important method to analyze complex optical systems and save time and money when one moved to the implementation phase.
          5. Is there a Free/Open Optical  Design software?
              •  Yes.  3DOptix has a free online optical design software. One  can access the tool via the company website at www.3doptix.com

            6. Is there a Cloud-based Optical Design software?

                • Yes.  3DOptix has a free online cloud-based optical design software. One can access the tool via the company website at www.3doptix.com
              7. How can I register to the 3DOptix Optical Design and Simulation software?
                  • Go to www.3doptix.com .  Press the “Register to the Beta” button on the website header. Press the Registration button in the tool and complete your details.
                8. What are 3DOptix design and simulation main functionalities?
                    • Build an optical setup
                    • Use off-the-shelf Optical elements or create customized ones
                    • Choose different off-the-shelf optomechanical parts or import a customized part
                    • Run Geometrical/Ray optics simulation
                    • Analyze the design - measure distance, analyze the spectrum 
                    • Print and Share the design
                    • An Amazing 2D sketch creation tool
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                  Comparison 

                  Free

                  Online, Cloud-based, no need to install 

                  Ease of use

                  Embedded Optomechanics 

                  Database 

                  Embedded Optics DataBase 

                  3DOptix

                  Yes

                  Yes

                  Yes

                  Yes

                  Yes

                  Zemax

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  Yes

                  Lumerical

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  Comsol

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  Lambda Research Corporation

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

                  No

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