Optical and Photonic Solutions Blog

Archive for 2020

Build Your Skills Online – Learn Something New in One Hour While Watching CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape Tech Talks

There’s no doubt that this has been an unusual and challenging year. Trade shows, conferences, and events were postponed or converted to an online format, we learned to use new video conferencing platforms, and telecommuting became the norm for every day. What has not changed is that we have continued to be there for our customers and provide ready access to resources and training. Learn about our upcoming tech talks and available resources.

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Posted in CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, Photonic Solutions, Product features


Announcing New Release of LightTools for Illumination Optics Design

Read about the latest version of LightTools, which brings faster optomechanical modeling with SOLIDWORKS, enhanced LiDAR design features, and increased ray tracing speed with distributed simulation support.

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Posted in LightTools, Product features, Releases


Announcing New Release of LucidShape CAA V5 Based for Automotive Lighting Design and Visualization in CATIA

Version 2020.09 helps designers develop headlights, tail lights, and signal lights faster and more cost effectively with the new LucidShape SmartStart Material Library Module and numerous ease-of-use enhancements.

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Posted in Automotive, LucidShape, Product features, Releases


OptoCompiler Accelerates Photonic IC Product Development

In September 2020, Synopsys launched the OptoCompiler platform for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design. OptoCompiler is the industry’s first unified electronic and photonic design platform that combines mature and dedicated photonic technology with Synopsys’ industry-proven electronic design tools to enable engineers to produce and verify complex PIC designs quickly and accurately. Learn more about OptoCompiler, its features, and how it is transforming PIC design.

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Posted in Photonic Solutions, Product features, Releases


LucidShape CAA V5 Based Recognized as a Gold-Level Honoree in the Laser Focus World Innovators Award Program

LucidShape CAA V5 Based software for automotive lighting design for CATIA has been recognized as a Gold-Level Honoree in the 2020 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards. This awards program recognizes the many innovative technologies, products, and systems in the photonics market. 

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Posted in LucidShape, Product features, Releases


How to Accelerate Biomedical Optics Design for Light-Based Technologies

Learn how LightTools can be used with Synopsys Simpleware software to provide simulation data to develop a new generation of light-based technologies, including advanced biomedical diagnostics and treatments.

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Posted in Engineering Services, LightTools, Product features


Are You Up for the IODC Challenge?

Optical designers, consider participating in the lens design or illumination design competitions at next year’s International Optical Design Conference (IODC). This conference occurs every four years, and gathers optical designers, scientists, and engineers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in the optical design industry. A wide variety of optical design disciplines and topics are covered in both informal and formal settings.

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Posted in Trade shows and conferences


An Interview with Brandon Hellman, Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2020

Meet Brandon Hellman from the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, the 2020 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship. The award was established to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer and member of the optical science and engineering community. We interviewed Brandon to learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

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Posted in Industry Interviews


CODE V Global Synthesis – A Powerful Tool in Expert Optical Design Workflows

Learn how an Edmund Optics senior optical engineer used CODE V’s Global Synthesis optimization, feasibility analysis, tolerancing, and yield analyses to create a high-resolution lens that is ideal for machine vision and factory automation applications.

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Posted in CODE V, Product features


Synopsys Announces 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

We are pleased to announce the winners of Synopsys’ 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Our annual competition celebrates exceptional optical design research projects by college students in North America who use Synopsys’ optical software solutions. Meet our five winners!

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Posted in Design Competition