Date Announced: 24 Jul 2013 New and proprietary features solve today’s most difficult design challengesREDMOND, Wash.--Radiant Zemax, LLC today released Zemax 13 Release 2, continuing the development of its industry standard software for optical and illumination design. Zemax 13 Release 2 delivers a powerful competitive advantage with industry-leading design, simulation and optimization capabilities plus proprietary features that improve accuracy, performance and reduce time-to-innovation.“More than 70 new features, enhancements and performance improvements have been added to Zemax in 2013”“More than 70 new features, enhancements and performance improvements have been added to Zemax in 2013,” said Paul Caragher, chief executive officer at Radiant Zemax. “Optical and illumination design professionals require an expanding set of tools to quickly move designs from drawing board to production. At Radiant Zemax, we are actively investing in Zemax product development to provide the breadth and depth of capabilities needed to meet any optical and illumination design challenge.”Breakthrough features in Zemax 13 Release 2Stock lens matching toolSave time and lower manufacturing costs. The Stock Lens Matching Tool quickly finds the best commercially available lens for your design. Choose from more than 30 stock lens catalogs for design match analysis. Identify key system constraints such as lens diameter and focal length and easily convert custom design lenses into the best commercial equivalent with a single click.Bidirectional scatter distribution function (BSDF) material model libraryUnsurpassed simulation accuracy. Eliminate errors caused when estimating material scatter coefficients with the comprehensive library of measured BSDF scatter models. Choose from a wide array of engineering materials or quickly evaluate new materials by simply loading the scatter models.Non-sequential source diffractive toolAccurately model diffraction in micro-optic systems and account for diffractive effects according to Fraunhofer diffraction theory in illumination from micro-optic apertures, mirrors and other small optical components.Grid gradient index for non-sequential analysisThe Grid Gradient Index model in NSC defines optical material properties in three dimensions for precise analysis, is ideal for finite element analysis (FEA) and easily uses measured data.“You asked – We programmed”“’You asked, we programmed,’ is a direct response to user feedback,” said Dr. Mark Nicholson, vice president, Zemax Group. “Meeting users’ needs ensures Zemax is powerful, accurate and user-friendly. Zemax developers added a MATLAB® file conversion tool, CE classes for roadway lighting and quick-focus selection on the visual optimizer.”New edition naming for Zemax 13 Release 2User feedback demonstrated a need to change “legacy” edition naming. New naming will help users determine the proper edition for their needs.Zemax Premium (formerly Zemax IE)A comprehensive optical and illumination system design solution that builds on Zemax Professional. It adds dynamic CAD interchange with SolidWorks®, Creo® Parametric® and Autodesk® Inventor® to edit parts and assemblies as if they were native, built-in Zemax objects. LightningTrace™ allows fast approximate modeling of illumination systems and fully supports optimization and tolerancing. Advanced Path Analysis identifies all the paths stray light may take. Catalogs of measured LED and other sources, and of measured BSDF models gives the most accurate results available.Zemax Professional (formerly Zemax EE)Increase design capabilities with all Zemax Standard functionalities plus powerful new features. Physical Optics allows the study of laser beam propagation in optical systems. Comprehensive non-sequential ray-tracing models non-imaging systems with multiple sources, ray splitting, scattering and multiple detectors in a global 3D design environment. Colorimetric features work with human visual response as well as radiometric data. Users can link to MATLAB® and other external programs as well as import and export CAD files.Zemax Standard (formerly Zemax SE)Zemax Standard provides everything needed for lens design and modeling of complex imaging and focal systems. Flexible editors provide lens design, optimization, tolerancing and multi-configuration control of systems, geometric and diffraction analyses, image simulation, polarization, thin-film modeling and more.With three editions, users may purchase the feature set that best matches their needs. For complete details, see RadiantZemax.com/Zemax.About Radiant ZemaxWorld leaders in optics, lighting and display devices turn to Radiant Zemax for high-value design, test and measurement systems that reduce costs, lower risk and shorten time-to-innovation. Radiant Zemax product lines include Zemax optical and illumination design software, TrueTest automated visual inspection for display systems and ProMetric imaging colorimeters, photometers and light source measurement systems. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Radiant Zemax delivers optics, light and color technology leadership, service and support to clients around the world.
Mark Nicholson, PhD, Radiant Zemax, LLC 425-298-2105