How to Ensure that Zemax will Successfully Connect to Creo Parametric

This article describes how to correctly form the link between Zemax and Creo Parametric.

Authored By: Dr. Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: February 5, 2013


Using the OpticStudio Dynamic CAD Link with Assemblies

This article explains how to dynamically open and explode SolidWorks®, Autodesk Inventor® and PTC Creo Parametric® assembly files inside OpticStudio.

Authored By: Dr. Sanjay Gangadhara, Updated by Kristen Norton

Published On: July 20, 2016


Tips and Tricks for Successful CAD Import

This article provides several tips and tricks to ensure smooth conversion of data between mechanical CAD programs and Zemax.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: July 11, 2008


How to Explode a CAD Assembly

This article explains how to explode a CAD Assembly
 

Authored By: Dr. Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: July 10, 2012


How to Show Exported Rays in SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor

OpticStudio exports ray information into IGES, STEP and SAT CAD file formats, however SolidWorks™ does not read this information in by default. This article describes how to get SolidWorks to show the rays inside the exported data files.

Authored By: Dan Hill

Published On: July 11, 2016


How to Use the Boolean Object and the Combine Objects Tool

Zemax supports the ability to perform Boolean operations on volume NSC objects. This feature allows operations such as adding objects together, subtracting one object from another, or defining an object as the intersection volume of two objects. The resulting trimmed object may have properties assigned to each resulting face independently.

This article discusses how to use the Boolean object and the Combine Objects Tool.
 

 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: April 3, 2006


How Accurate is CAD Exchange?

This article explains the range of Zemax surfaces and objects than can be exactly defined using CAD export file formats, and gives an example of exporting high-order aspheres and testing the accuracy of the export.
     

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: October 7, 2010


Using the OpticStudio Dynamic CAD Link

This article describes how to dynamically open and edit SolidWorks®, Autodesk Inventor® and PTC Creo Parametric® parts inside OpticStudio. 

Authored By: Akash Arora, Kristen Norton

Published On: July 18, 2016


How to Add Coating and Scattering Functions to Non-Sequential Objects

Non-sequential objects are 3D volumes. Thin-film coatings, and scattering functions, are surface properties of these 3D volumes. This article explains:
  • The concept of the "face number" of an object
  • How thin-film coatings and scattering functions are applied to the various faces of an object
  • Special issues involved in applying these properties to CAD objects

 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: April 3, 2006


Designing a Flood Light with Zemax Part Designer

This article will detail the construction and optimization of an LED flood light using the Zemax Part Designer Object.  Several new features in Zemax Release 13 with regards to ZPD will also be discussed.  
 

Authored By: Kevin Ting

Published On: February 3, 2013


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