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Join us for our monthly “Ask an Engineer” event! On January 19th at 8am PST, Hui Chen will be answering your questions about Gaussian Beam Propagation. This event will be hosted on this thread in text form with a focus on the spotlighted topic… Topic: Gaussian Beam Propagation in OpticStudioDates: January 10th - January 19thLive Discussion Time: 8am - 9am PST, January 19thEngineer: @Hui Chen - Senior Application Engineer at AnsysSubmit your questions for Hui as a reply to this thread between now and the end of the event. Questions added to the discussion will be answered starting at 8am Pacific on January 19th. Once the event is concluded, the thread will be closed.If your question pertains to a particular file, the question may be moved to a private support case. In that situation, your license support status will be considered. Do you have a topic you want to see during these events? Let us know here: Ask an Engineer proposed topics.
See who's going to Photonics West 2022!Upcoming Event
Photonics West is just around the corner - are you going? Plenty of Zemax staff members are! See below for a list of technical team members who will be in attendance, along with some of their specializations. Come speak with us about optics, Zemax products, and your best restaurant recommendations in the area! Catch us as booth #1843 or schedule an appointment to chat here: Zemax at Photonics West 2022! @Steven.Lacava - Optical Solutions EngineerChat with me about Adaptive Optics, Satellite Tracking, CAD/FEA, and Fluid Dynamics. @Ty.Adair - Senior Optical Solutions EngineerChat with me about any of our products! @Allie - Optical EngineerChat with me about Zemax’s programming capabilities! @Angel Morales - Optical EngineerChat with me about optical applications for consumer electronics and communications! @David.Vega - Senior Application Development EngineerChat with me about optical or biomedical engineering, and optical manufacturing! @Esteban - Senior Product Manager, OpticStudi
Recently, it has come to light within the IT community that an Apache Log4j vulnerability enables attackers to execute malicious code on any affected server. We’d like to confirm for our user community that Zemax software does not utilize any Log4j functionality and is unaffected by this issue.
Zemax places a high importance on supporting you in using your best possible workflow, so we regret Dassault Systems’ recent decision to conclude Zemax’s membership in the SolidWorks partner program. As a result of this decision, Zemax is no longer able to support our OpticsBuilder for SolidWorks product nor the CAD Dynamic Link for SolidWorks capability previously included in the Premium edition of OpticStudio. Please see our FAQ page for more details.
December 2021 Community UpdatesNewsletter
WelcomeWelcome to the December edition of the Community update! This newsletter provides information and updates on technical content that is most relevant to you, the user! In this newsletter you will find:Featured Community Posts Knowledgebase Updates Tech Tips Tuesday Zemax-er Spotlight: Benoit Moulin Is this list missing something you want to see? Let us know in the comments!Featured Community PostsThe wavefront is an important feature to evaluate the quality of an optical system. Understanding how OpticStudio computes this criterion is key to a good evaluation: OpticStudio has different settings and assumptions and the more you know them, the better. Questions and discussions on this topic have led to modifications and clarifications in the help files. So, we’ve decided to shine some light on the subject. Have a look at the posts below to find out more about it:Issue when Zernike coefficients are calculated at the image plane (Reference OPD = Absolute 2) - @Sandrine explains how t
Topic: Image SimulationDate: Friday, December 10thTime: 8am - 9am PSTEngineer: Hui Chen - Senior Optical Engineer at ZemaxJoin us for our first “Ask an Engineer” event! On December 10th at 8am Pacific, Hui Chen will be discussing the Image Simulation tool, and answering questions related to the analysis. This event will be hosted on the Community in text form with a focus on the spotlighted topic. Questions may be submitted as a reply to this thread between now and the end of the event. Once the event is concluded, the thread will be closed. If your question pertains to a particular file, the question may be moved to a private support case. In that situation, your license support status will be considered. Do you have a topic you want to see during these events? Let us know here: Ask an Engineer proposed topics.
November 2021 Community UpdatesNewsletter
WelcomeWelcome to the November monthly Community update. In this newsletter you will find:Featured Community posts: this month we’re focusing on DLLs, a powerful set of tools to customize a range of features in OpticStudio. A list of Knowledgebase articles which are new or have been significantly updated in the last month. Information on the new Aspheres and Freeforms learning plan on OpticsAcademy. Mini interview with our highlighted user Nicolas Azais: get to know Nicolas, an OpticStudio expert.Let us know in the comments below if you there’s anything you’d like in this newsletter in the future or if you have any other feedback. We want to make this monthly post as useful to you as possible! Featured Community postsThis month we’ve seen lots of questions about Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs), both on the Community and in questions to Zemax support, so we thought it we should pull out some of our favorite posts on this topic.DLLs are a really powerful way to extend and customize feature
Hi all,The 21.3.1 releases of OpticStudio and OpticsViewer include product Help documentation that is missing equations. We are sorry for this inconvenience to our customers, and we are correcting this error for the next software release. If you are working with 21.3.1 and would like a copy of the Help with the equations included, please login to your Zemax.com account and open a support ticket. Our staff will provide you with a fixed document.
There is now a link in the header of the Community called User Groups. But what are these? User Groups allow Zemax users to come together to discuss or engage with a specific topic. For example, we have created a STAR Module User Group. This is where we will post FAQs regarding the module, and where users can connect about this tool: Unlike the general forums, User Groups focus on a specific interest and so may only apply to a subset of users on the Community. When you join a User Group:You will be able to see who else is a part of that group. You will gain access to a forum specifically tailored for the group’s topic. This makes it easy to submit or find content. You will be notified when a new post is posted to the group, thus allowing you to keep up on the latest happenings. The User Groups we offer may be public or private.A public group is one that anyone who has a Community account can join. A private group requires approval by the Zemax Customer Success team. So check out the
October 2021 Community UpdatesNewsletter
WelcomeWelcome to Zemax's October edition of our monthly Community update summary. In this newsletter you will find:Featured Community posts, based on what you, the user, are searching for. So let us know what you want to learn more about! A list of Knowledgebase articles which are new or have been significantly updated in the last month. Mini interviews with our highlighted users. Each month you'll be introduced to some of these power users, so keep an eye out for them on the community!If you want to see something added to this list, reply in the comments below. This is your space, so help us to make it useful to you! Featured Community postsThe Code Exchange was introduced over the summer as part of our website revamp. Already, we have several submissions from users - both Zemax staff and non! These solutions have been vetted internally and are available for anyone who has an active, supported Zemax license. For more information about the Code Exchange, see this article. Below, we ar
September 2021 Community UpdatesNewsletter
WelcomeWelcome to Zemax's September edition of our monthly Community update summary. In this newsletter you will find:Featured Community posts, based on what you, the user, are searching for. So let us know what you want to learn more about! A list of Knowledgebase articles which are new or have been significantly updated in the last month. Mini interviews with our highlighted users. Each month you'll be introduced to some of these power users, so keep an eye out for them on the community!If you want to see something added to this list, reply in the comments below. This is your space, so help us to make it useful to you! Featured Community postsOur Physical Optics Propagation tool is one of our most powerful offerings - and also one of the most challenging tools to set up. While we provide several Knowledgebase articles to help you understand how to use this analysis, it can be useful to discuss your specific needs in the Community. To get started, check out some of these discussions o
The Zemax 21.3 suite is live!Release News
The latest major release of the Zemax suite of products is now live! The newest versions of OpticStudio, OpticsBuilder, and OpticsViewer are available to download as of the September 21st. Check out the company blog for highlights, or read the release notes below for full details: OpticStudio 21.3 Release Notes OpticsBuilder 21.3 Release Notes OpticsViewer 21.3 Release Notes Here at Zemax, we are excited about the ability to change the position and angle of any optical object with the classification type of Compound or Boolean in OpticsBuilder. We’ve spoken with @Flurin Herren* about these latest updates. *Flurin Herren joined Zemax this year as the Optomechanical Engineer for the European Customer Success Team and specializes in CAD and CAM. He handles questions on OpticStudio and all things about the STAR Module and OpticsBuilder. Connect with Flurin on his introduction post here: Hello World! | Zemax Community. What’s a new feature in the 21.3 release that you’re excited about?
August 2021 Community UpdatesNewsletter
WelcomeWelcome to Zemax's first installment of our monthly community newsletter. In these newsletters you will find:Featured Community posts, based on what you, the user, are searching for. So let us know what you want to learn more about! A list of new or updated Knowledgebase articles. Mini interviews with our highlighted users. Each month you'll be introduced to some of these power users, so keep an eye out for them on the community!If you want to see something added to this list, reply in the comments below. This is your space, so help us to make it useful to you! Featured Community postsThere's no denying it: diffractive optics are popular right now. Are you one of the many Zemax-ers looking for ways to efficiently design HUD and AR/VR systems? You may be interested in the conversations happening on the forums:OpticStudio grating tools beta function update history - Zemax’s @Michael Cheng has been instrumental in designing diffraction DLLs (such as the RCWA DLL). Find his version
ENVISION 2021 Featured TalksUpcoming Event
Zemax's annual conference is here. Now is your chance to hear about the latest industry trends, learn about using your Zemax software, and network with fellow Zemax-ers. This year, Europe and the Americas have two days of exciting talks focusing on one of two tracks: Simulation Driving Innovation (shown in grey below) and Industry Insights for Optical Products (shown in blue below).Scroll down to check out the featured presentations! ENVISION AmericasSeptember 14-15th, 2021Register here Laser Power beaming on the moon@Brian.Turner, KC Space PiratesSeptember 14, 10:00 - 10:45 AM PDTIn this talk, Circle Optics will discuss the development and application of a new lensing technique which yields distortion-free, ultra-wide field of view capture without post processing. How to combine lens design and metasurface and why it is a fascinating new technology@Simon.Thibault, Professor at Laval University, Principal Optical Designer at ImmervisionSeptember 14, 10:50 - 10:35 AM PDTThis talk will
The Zemax 21.2 suite is live!Release News
The next major release of the Zemax suite of products is live! As of May 25th, you can download the latest versions of OpticStudio, OpticsBuilder, and OpticsViewer. Each of these releases has introduced a wide array of new features and tools, all of which are outlined in detail within the release notes. Find those here:OpticStudio 21.2 Release Notes OpticsBuilder 21.2 Release Notes OpticsViewer 21.2 Release NotesOne of the most exciting features going live with this release is the STAR module - a new add-in to OpticStudio which you can read more about here. If you’re curious about what this module is (and how to use it), check out the interview with Customer Success team member Hui Chen* below. * - Hui Chen is a Senior Optical Engineer on the Customer Success team. She has been with the company since 2017. Hui specializes in handling laser & fiber questions from customers. Recently, she has worked closely with the development team and users to test STAR. Her diligence and experien
User Ranks and requirementsThe following is a list of the ranks offered on the Zemax Community. Users can increase their rank by posting comments, threads, and answers. Users must meet the requirements of Achievement 1 or 2 or 3 to rank up. Rank title Achievement 1 Achievement 2 Achievement 3 Dark Energy Single Emitter 1 comment posted 1 topic posted 1 like given Monochrome 1 comment + 2 topics posted 5 comments posted Infrared 5 comments posted + 3 topics posted 10 comments posted Student Own a Z-GAP student license* Visible 15 comments posted + 5 topics posted 25 comments posted Ultraviolet 25 comments posted + 10 topics posted 50 comments posted Fully spectral 50 comments + 15 topics + 1 answer 100 comments + 1 answer En-Lightened 100 comments + 25 topics + 3 answers 200 comments + 3 answers 50 answers Luminary 500 comments + 100 topics + 10 answers 100 answers *Note: This statu
Members of Zemax staff are now sharing coding solutions they have written or vetted within the forum category Code Exchange. This includes DLLs, API script, and ZPL code. All of these will be provided alongside a general ReadMe document so you can quickly understand and utilize the solutions. This forum category is visible to supported users only. This means that you must be logged in and associated with an active Zemax license in order to see this category.For more information, see this article: New to the Code Exchange? Read this! Read this update in Chinese: 新增论坛类别：代码交流Read this update in Japanese: 新しいフォーラムカテゴリー：コード交換
Zemax launched its new website suite on July 24, 2021. With this website revamp, we are seeking to provide you with the best online experience possible! To that end, we have removed MyZemax, and have replaced it with a few inter-connected sub-spaces. See below for details. MyZemax 发生了什么？(Chinese Version)MyZemaxはどうなったのか？ (Japanese Version) License Management License management is now found within your general Zemax Account. This can be accessed from anywhere on Zemax.com. As long as you are logged in, you can also access it here: https://zemax.com/pages/profile Knowledgebase The Knowledgebase is now located separate to the forums at support.zemax.com. All of your favorite articles are still there! You can access it by clicking here: Figure 1: A screenshot of the Community header with the Knowledgebase link highlightedNote: The search is still global! Type what you're looking for on our homepage and you will see results from the community and the knowledgebase! Forums The forums
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