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Ansys Zemax OpticStudio
Optical Workflow & Design Software

Get everything you need to simulate, optimize, and tolerance your optical designs. Design high-confidence virtual prototypes that you can thoroughly analyze before manufacturing.

Achieve on-time, on-budget optical design cycles

Discover new ways to turn innovative ideas into products that shape the world. OpticStudio is the standard for optical, illumination, and laser system design in leading companies throughout the optics industry and at universities around the world.

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    Analyze, optimize, tolerance
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    Global userbase
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    Leading industry standard
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    Built-in STOP analysis available

Quick Specs

Improve your optics workflow to spend more time validating and adding quality to your designs. Automate workflows with our API. With OpticStudio STAR (Enterprise edition only) quickly analyzes the impacts of structural and thermal loads.

  • Industry-leading imaging system design
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use UI
  • Phosphor & fluorescence modeling (Premium)
  • Optimize & tolerance for manufacturability
  • Lasers & fibers
  • Dynamic CAD integrations (Premium)
  • API for customization and automation
  • Stray light analysis
  • STAR-enabled STOP analysis (Enterprise)

Designing to Optimize Manufacturability


“OpticStudio makes it easy to use different optimization techniques at different points in the process. Using OpticStudio allowed us to work in the most efficient way possible.”

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Optics and photonics leader LightPath needed a better way of managing the complexities of its designs for aspheric lenses, which can be very expensive to machine. To ensure their aspheric lens designs were production ready, LightPath used OpticStudio to apply local and global optimization, Hammer Optimization (which helps seek out design solutions outside the local space), and Contrast Optimization to refine the designs for peak optical performance before manufacturing. By reducing the number of costly prototypes, LightPath saved time and money and helped more rapidly generate viable, marketable products. Optimization toolsets in OpticStudio empowered the LightPath teams to focus on quality, performance, and workflow automation while getting to market faster through predictive manufacturability.

Easily Use OpticStudio With Other Ansys Products

Realize the Multiphysics potential of an end-to-end optics portfolio by combining Ansys Zemax OpticStudio with Ansys Lumerical and Ansys Speos . Streamline workflows and communication across photonic, optical, mechanical, and manufacturing engineers.

Microscale component modeling

Optimize the design of photonic components, circuits, and systems at the chip level with waveguides, sensors, and microlenses

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Imaging the physical world

Apply ray tracing analysis, optimization, and optical and mechanical tolerancing via API-driven automation to refine optical designs

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Simulating human perception

Predict the illumination and optical performance of systems via lighting simulation and integrations into 3D environments


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Ansys software is accessible

It's vital to Ansys that all users, including those with disabilities, can access our products. As such, we endeavor to follow accessibility requirements based on the US Access Board (Section 508), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the current format of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

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