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Optical Simulation and Design Software

Modeling light propagation and its impact is crucial for measuring product performance and human comfort, perception and safety. Ansys Optics uniquely simulates a system’s optical performance and evaluates the final illumination effect, predicts and validates the impact of lighting and material variations on appearance and perceived quality all in real conditions. Visualize your product before it exists to deliver the ultimate virtual customer experience

Optical Simulation in a New Light

High Level Features

Let Ansys Optics & optical simulation software lead you to the best solution, no matter the style of your project. The software easily solves complex optical problems and refines visual appearance for perceived quality. Significantly elevate final product quality with true-to-life visual experiences and combine design and engineering processes into a single, connected workflow. Prepare and appraise virtual prototypes of a cockpit HMI in a real-time, immersive environment. Or, simulate for optical sensors on autonomous vehicles with the diversity offered by Ansys Optics.

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Ansys continues to push the innovation envelope to deliver accurate, high-performance optical design and simulation capabilities for optical designers.

Speed up design and improve accuracy with the latest Ansys Speos release. The 2022 R2 release delivers powerful capabilities that speed time to result, improve simulation accuracy, and expand interoperability with other Ansys products. Link more powerfully with CAD data thanks to a bi-directional link that eases the end user's workflow by shortening the design iteration cycle. When a user modifies parameters in the Speos UI, the updates will automatically occur in CAD and to the design in Speos, keeping all links to Speos features. Other productivity enhancements in this release including Light Field simulation and compatibility, better meshing control with geometries meshed proportionally to each face’s size, easier Stray Light Analysis and hot spot detection, and Labs enhancement allowing immediate access to key optical metrics.

2022 R2 brings the launch of Ansys Zemax OpticStudio which provides everything you need to simulate, optimize, and tolerance your optical designs. Design high-confidence virtual prototypes that you can thoroughly analyse before manufacturing.

With Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder design exceptional products more efficiently and deliver them to manufacturing with confidence. Empower engineers to work together on a single, shared file across optical and mechanical teams. Analyze the performance of optomechanical packaging and create optical drawings with a single click.

The 2022 R2 release of Ansys Lumerical introduces a series of powerful new capabilities to extend usability, accuracy, performance, and functionality across its family of products. These new features enhance modeling capabilities for electro-optical devices, from SPADs to microLEDs and lasers, and empower photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designers with new capabilities for process-aware design and electronic-photonic design automation (EPDA). Several improvements for integrated flows with Zemax and Speos further streamline modeling of nanoscale to macroscale optics for augmented reality, metalens design, and imaging systems.

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Ansys R2: What's New In Ansys Speos

Ansys Speos continues to push the innovation envelope to deliver accurate, high-performance simulation capabilities for optics designers. The 2022 R2 release provides powerful capabilities that speed time to result, improve simulation accuracy, and expand interoperability with other Ansys products.


Ansys R2: What’s New in Zemax OpticStudio and OpticsBuilder

Ansys Zemax OpticStudio provides everything you need for designing and simulating an end-to-end optical system. Join our upcoming webinar as we introduce two new products, Ansys Zemax OpticStudio and Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder, to design and simulate an end-to-end optical system.

Optical Simulation and Design Software Products


Ansys Optics predicts the illumination and optical performance of systems while allowing you to visualize future products. Experience physics-based light simulation to understand how your products look under real-world lighting and usage conditions. A mix of virtual prototyping and interactivity allows for the safe optimization of optical sensor layouts for autonomous vehicles

Ansys physics-based imaging, illumination and optical design simulation software streamlines the design process to better understand how your product will perform under real-world lighting and usage conditions.

When customers evaluate your products, the overall look and details can make the difference. Simulate light interactions with materials so you can see how your product will appear in real-world conditions, letting you see eye to eye with your customers and making decisions.

Optical sensors are the eyes of any intelligent system. Assess raw signals from camera and lidar systems in their operating environments. Post-process simulated data to optimize sensor layouts on vehicles in dynamic driving conditions.

Use real-time, interactive and immersive environments to experience your prototype in virtual reality on a 1:1 scale.

Autonomous vehicle sensor simulation including lidar, radar and camera design

Autonomous Sensor Development

Ansys provides a comprehensive autonomous vehicle sensor simulation capability that includes lidar, radar and camera design and development.

Vehicle Exterior

Vehicle Exterior

Ansys simulation enables you to optimize automotive exteriors by lowering drag, reducing weight and improving fuel efficiency and range.

Vehicle Interior

Vehicle Interior

Learn how Ansys simulation enables the optimization of vehicle interior design, from comfort and noise to the human machine interface.



Rapid and reliable innovation and testing of new cardiovascular medical devices and implants

Autonomous System Validation

Autonomous System Validation

Model-based safety and cybersecurity solutions accelerate autonomous system development and certification.


Ansys simulation solutions deliver the significant product lifecycle cost reductions that the aviation industry demands, while accelerating the technological innovation required for tomorrow’s success.


Ansys simulation solutions help accelerate modernization and optimize sustainment of defense technology from the microchip to the mission. Delivering advanced capabilities more quickly enables defense leaders to stay ahead of the threat.

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Ansys + CEVT

Optical engineers at CEVT rely on Ansys’ physics-based simulations to meet and exceed design challenges.

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Ansys + Safran Aerosystems

Safran Aerosystems develops exterior aircraft lighting of the future thanks to optical simulation with Ansys Speos.

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Ansys + Lite-On Technologies

Lite-On Technology of Taiwan used Ansys Speos determined the quality of automotive HUD virtual images using optical metrics.



OPTIX JSC is the only company in Bulgaria that develops and manufactures a full range of special optical devices and systems.


Ansys + University of Jena

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), founded in 1558, is one of the oldest, most respected public research universities in Germany.


Ansys + UpNano

UpNano is a system provider for high-resolution 3D printing.


Ansys + Meopta

Meopta is an optics and photonics manufacturer doing business as Meopta – optika, s.r.o in the Czech Republic and as Meopta USA in the U.S.


Ansys + ELI Beamlines

ELI began as a shared initiative between the European scientific laser community and Laserlab-Europe. Together, the institutions promote interdisciplinary research development using light and radiation from ELI-hosted laser systems — some of the most intense lasers available worldwide.


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