[Webinar] What's New in Zemax 22.1 Product Release

  • 3 February 2022
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Our team of product managers will be hosting a webinar to educate you about the new advancements in Zemax’s 22.1 releases of OpticStudio, the OpticStudio STAR Module, and OpticsBuilder.

The details of the webinar are below! This thread will be used to collect questions before the webinar, and to answer any questions we received during the webinar. Feel free to post your questions! 

Be sure to subscribe to this thread if you want to see additional discussion regarding this topic. The thread will be open to comments until Thursday, February 17th. 

 

Webinar details:

Register here: Registration for this event has closed. View the event on-demand.

Date: Thursday, February 10th

Time: 6:00am PST & 11:00am PST

Presenters:

  • Tom Pickering, Manager Product Management
  • Esteban Carbajal, Senior Product Manager
  • Lisa Clauson, Senior Product Manager

Abstract: 

Zemax recently launched new updates for OpticStudio, OpticStudio STAR Module, and OpticsBuilder. OpticStudio 22.1 starts the year by improving algorithms for wide-angle system design, ray aiming improvements, and native non-sequential diffraction analyses. OpticStudio STAR Module enables multi-wavelength simultaneous FEA fitting support and adds useful new Thermal Index Plot and FEA Data Viewer visualization tools. OpticsBuilder features enhanced Creo support and new tools for streamlining and visualizing Advanced Ray analysis. In this webinar, Tom Pickering, Esteban Carbajal, and Lisa Clauson will review the new features included in this release and demonstrate how these new features work within the software.

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Q: Where can we get a copy of this presentation?

A: We do not usually share the presentation slides, but the webinar is available online from now on. Please find the direct link below:
What is new in Zemax 22.1 product release

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The webinar hasn’t happened yet, but one of the OpticStudio updates is a Ray Aiming Wizard, which is currently a feature experiment. We have a thread open for feedback about the Ray Aiming Wizard here on the community, so for those early adopters, let us know what’s working well and where we can improve this tool.

 

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@Chris.Svec

Q:  Are there any plans for OpticsBuilder support for Nx?

A: Now that Zemax is an Ansys company we have started planning for the future of OpticsBuilder! We are not yet ready to share what will be next but I encourage you to watch the Ansys space for updates.

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@Alberto.Donazzan

Q: Are you planning to implement Enhanced Ray Aiming for non-rotationally symmetric system in the next future?

A: Yes, we are currently working on improving the Enhanced Ray Aiming algorithm to support more optical systems, specifically non-rotationally symmetric systems. If you have any files or designs which currently have issues with ray aiming, please send them to support@zemax.com. We can then include those files in our tests.

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@Andrew.Dennington 

Q: When is Creo V7 & V8 going to be supported in OpticStudio?

A: We are working on the support of Creo 7 to be released in of our next releases, so please watch this space :relaxed:

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@bill.g.zhang 

Q: Does it take longer to trace rays when new ray aiming features are used? 

A: In our tests, Enhanced Ray Aiming (ERA) is usually much faster than Robust Ray Aiming (RRA). However,  please note that it could be slower than “plain” Ray Aiming. For traditional systems, plain Ray Aiming is probably just as good. But for wide-angle systems, you will need to use ERA.

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@Chad.Martin 

Q: Where can we get a copy of this presentation?

A: We do not usually share the presentation slides, but the webinar is available online from now on. Please find the direct link below:
What is new in Zemax 22.1 product release

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@Lucas (Luke).Woodard

Q: Will Enhanced Ray Aiming eventually support Real Image Height fields?

A: We are currently working on improving the Enhanced Ray Aiming algorithm to support more field and aperture types. If you have any files or designs which currently have issues with ray aiming, please send them to support@zemax.com. We can then include those files in our tests.

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Q: In the updated surface relief grating DLLs using RCWA, do diffractive lenses refer to metalenses?

A: Yes, I would say so. Most diffractive optical elements (DOE) and metalenses consist of a periodic structure and can be handled by RCWA DLLs. I suggest you check out this article for more information: How to design DOE lens or metalens in OpticStudio
 

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The replies for this thread are now closed. Thank you to our product managers for hosting the 22.1 webinar and for answering user questions 🙂

For any new questions about the latest product release, please send them to our Got a question? forum or to support.