About Us 

Who We Are

Zemax, LLC is a software and services company that has been developing and supporting optical and illumination design software for nearly 25 years. We help scientists, engineers, researchers and students turn their optical and illumination systems ideas into reality. The cornerstones of our success are rock solid physics architecture, a culture of excellence and innovation, and the insistence on listening to our customers. These allow us to deliver unmatched value in the industry and have led to us having the largest, most passionate user-base in the industry.

In 1991, Dr. Ken Moore founded ZEMAX Development Corporation to commercialize ZEMAX optical design software. The initial versions were aimed at classical lens design, but over the years the capabilities and breadth of systems it could handle expanded immensely. In 2011 the company was acquired by Evergreen Pacific Partners and merged with Radiant Imaging to form Radiant Zemax, LLC. This partnership brought significant investment and growth in both software and services. This investment enabled a major UI update in 2013 and a rebranding of the software as OpticStudio. In 2014 the Zemax portion of Radiant Zemax was sold to Arlington Capital Partners and exists now as Zemax, LLC. 

Our primary goal is the comprehensive success of our customers. We truly believe that we only progress as a company when our customers are successful. This principle is at the heart of everything we do. Our software development is guided by our customer’s feedback and the trajectory of the industry as a whole. Our engineering services team exists to remove all obstacles to customer success. From technical support to training and custom solutions, we are fanatical about customer success.

Zemax Products

OpticStudio™ - OpticStudio is the only CAD software for optics that combines optical, illumination, laser system design capabilities into a single platform. To download a free trial, please visit OpticStudio Free Trial.

LensMechanix™ - LensMechanix is our ground breaking SOLIDWORKS add-in software that simplifies the transition from optical to optomechanical design and maintains the integrity of the optical system. To download a free trial, please visit LensMechanix Free Trial.

Zemax Locations

Zemax is the industry standard design and simulation software for optical and illumination designers, engineers and researchers worldwide. With offices in Washington - USA, Stanstead - UK, Tokyo - Japan, Taipei - Taiwan, Shanghai – Peoples Republic of China, Zemax provides industry leading pre/post-sales support, technical assistance and training. 

The global Zemax community includes a professional network of users, consultants and partner organizations, businesses and institutions.

Zemax Staff

Zemax recognizes that our biggest asset is something we don’t own at all: our people. We strive to create a fun & open culture that’s collaborative, challenging, and inclusive to attract and retain exceptional people. Without the people, we’re just lines of static code. We are a lean organization, which means everyone chips in to get things done. We all work hard, but it’s great to be a part of a top-notch team and to know that when you need help, there’s always someone willing to lend a hand. Working for Zemax is a truly unique and rewarding experience. The organization is just the right size to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit with enough resources to take advantage of strategic business opportunities.

For a listing of our leadership team, please visit here.