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Esteban Carbajal

Abstract

OpticsBuilder saves time and increases productivity by enabling fast and flawless conversion of lens design data into native CAD platforms. With one click users can start faster by not needing to recreate the geometry of optical components. Get it right the first time and avoid errors introduced by manually creating optical components, maintain optical fidelity by loading the entire optical design, including lens materials, positions, sources, wavelengths, and detectors. Design packaging faster by easily viewing boundary rays and using mathematically driven optical geometry.


The Prepare for OpticsBuilder tool in OpticStudio 20.1 and higher ensures that all supporting data is grouped with the optical design. The data includes (but is not limited to): the lens material, coatings, source definition, and manufacturing drawing data. The resulting OpticsBuilder (.ZBD) file loads all necessary information into the CAD software. With one click OpticsBuilder saves time and increases productivity by enabling fast and flawless conversion of lens design data into a native CAD platform.  

Loading a .ZBD file

From a new assembly file in Solidworks:

1. In the Command Manager, click Import .ZBD file.

 


 

2. In the Open ZBD file explorer window, navigate to /Documents/Zemax/Samples/OpticsBuilder/Heliar 37mm and select the Heliar 37mm.zbd file.

 

 

3. There are two options under Locate:


  • Mate into existing design – loads the optical design as a sub-assembly
  • Start new design – loads the optics design as parts in the top-level assembly

Note: Use 'Mate into existing design' when adding an optical system to an already existing mechanical assembly. Use 'Start new design' when starting a new assembly with the optical system.

 

4. Click Open.OpticsBuilder will load all optical components into the graphics area automatically and display the boundary rays.

 

 

This article provided an overview on how to load an OpticsBuilder (ZBD) file into your CAD platform. Users will now be able to ensure that the design fidelity has been maintained while bringing the optical design into CAD, while saving time and avoiding potential errors.