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Zemax has announced the release of LensMechanix for Creo Parametric, which enables engineers to streamline optomechanical product design. LensMechanix for Creo Parametric lets mechanical engineers load all lenses, mirrors, sources, and detectors from OpticStudio as Creo parts, without STEP, IGES, or STL files. Then they can start designing mechanical structures around optical components using exact optical geometry—and are able to validate that they haven’t impacted the optical performance by monitoring changes in spot size, beam clipping, and image contamination.

‘We’re thrilled to bring the capabilities of LensMechanix to Creo Parametric,’ said Isis Peguero, LensMechanix product manager. ‘Since we launched LensMechanix for SOLIDWORKS, we’ve received requests to expand the product to other CAD platforms.’

As a LensMechanix for Creo early adopter Lighthouse program participant, Lucas Oorlynck at Barco states: ‘Optomechanical design often utilizes a linear workflow starting with a handoff of the finished optical design. During this handoff between (up until now) separate optical and mechanical design software, critical design information might get lost making it difficult to validate the complete design before prototyping. Integrating Zemax LensMechanix in mechanical CAD software allows the optical and mechanical engineers to quickly exchange and adapt their designs utilizing the same optical baseline. LensMechanix has the potential of cutting the time loss due to a more reliable file exchange and closing the gap between the optical simulation and reality, allowing for a validation before prototyping.’

LensMechanix streamlines the optomechanical workflow in Creo in five ways:

  1. Load an OpticStudio file: Mechanical engineers can load all lenses, mirrors, sources, and detectors from OpticStudio as Creo parts. There’s no need to use STEP, IGES, or STL files. By using the OpticStudio file, the integrity of the data is retained so engineers don’t have to go through the hassle of redefining optical geometry or positions.
  2. Design using exact optical geometry: Engineers can start designing mechanical structures around optical components in minutes using the exact component data.
  3. Apply a surface finish: LensMechanix enables engineers to apply surface finishes to mechanical components to accurately model their scattering properties.
  4. Validate your designs: Engineers can analyze optomechanical systems for changes in spot size, beam clipping, and image contamination caused by mechanical components. They can easily modify the mechanical design and reassess changes in performance.
  5. Generate ISO 10110 drawings: LensMechanix for Creo saves optomechanical engineers time and provides clarity to manufacturers by generating ISO 10110 drawings from imported optical components.

The new LensMechanix for Creo Parametric is the best way for mechanical engineers to package optical systems in Creo.

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Engineers can get a free trial of LensMechanix for Creo Parametric here: www.zemax.com/products/lensmechanix-trial.

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