Mechanical engineers packaging optical systems: Overcome design challenges and isolate issues early with the latest LensMechanix release
Get the best LensMechanix experience yet with the advanced tools and multi-configuration capabilities in LensMechanix 4.5
LensMechanix® 4.5, an application for mechanical engineers who package opti...
LensMechanix® 4.5, an application for mechanical engineers who package optical systems in CAD software, is here. The new release makes it simpler to accommodate limited space requirements of mechanical envelopes and tackle other design challenges with the new Fold Mirror tool. Additionally, engineers can view performance differences in multi-configuration optomechanical systems loaded from sequential OpticStudio files. New enhanced tolerancing capabilities also help inform design decisions by providing tolerancing data from OpticStudio sequential design files in the graphics area. Mechanical engineers can now package optical systems in SOLIDWORKS—and a Creo version is in development.
“LensMechanix 4.5 offers the most advanced tools and multi-configuration tools yet, allowing engineers to feel more confident about their designs,” said Cort Stinnett. “By harnessing the power of LensMechanix and OpticStudio together, mechanical and optical engineers can share complete design data and analyze optical performance in a virtual model, reducing design iterations and physical prototypes—saving time and money.”
Accommodate tight space requirements with the new Fold Mirror tool
In the new release, users are able to minimize the space required for optical systems and adapt to changes in the mechanical envelope using the Fold Mirror tool in the latest release of LensMechanix. Previously, if an optical assembly didn’t fit within the predefined mechanical envelope, the best solution was to send the optical system back to the optical engineer to modify it. With the Fold Mirror tool, users can add fold mirrors directly in the CAD model to accommodate space requirements. After adding fold mirrors, users can analyze the complete optomechanical system in LensMechanix to verify compliance with optical requirements or provide the system to the optical engineer as a ZAR file for additional analysis and optimization in OpticStudio.
Make informed design decision with enhanced tolerancing data
Engineers can overcome the critical design challenge of tolerancing mechanical assemblies and components to maintain optical performance during manufacturing with the latest release. Access tolerancing data from OpticStudio sequential design files and display in the graphics area. This information is especially useful when you’re designing mechanical components for lens systems that have tight tolerances where small changes in position can affect the system’s performance.
Isolate issues and evaluate design options with new multi-configuration capabilities
Easily view the performance differences of multi-configuration optomechanical systems. You can load sequential multi-configuration files from OpticStudio into LensMechanix 4.5. This new functionality is useful for varying optical component locations, material types, scanning mirror positions, and aspheric coefficients—and for isolating issues and evaluating design options.
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LensMechanix brings the power of OpticStudio ray tracing straight to the mechanical CAD package so that mechanical, product, and systems engineers can ensure the quality of the optical performance throughout the entire design cycle. LensMechanix is available for SOLIDWORKS and a version for Creo is available for early adopters, with other CAD platforms to follow.
Zemax’s industry-leading optical product design software, OpticStudio and LensMechanix, helps optical and mechanical engineering teams turn their ideas into reality. Standardizing on Zemax software reduces design iterations and repeated prototypes, speeding time to market and reducing development costs. Zemax is headquartered in the Seattle area and has offices in the UK, Japan, Taiwan, and China.
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