Optical and illumination design software


  • Analyze, optimize, and tolerance any optical or illumination system
  • Modern, intuitive user-interface
  • Live linking to CAD software
  • Custom programming capabilities: COM/.NET communication, ZPL scripting language
  • Extensive data libraries: materials, sources, scatter models, stock lenses


OpticStudio is optical and illumination design software used to simulate virtually any system that interacts with light. It provides a complete suite of analyses to determine how a designed system performs. If performance needs to be improved, sophisticated optimization algorithms put the full power of your multi-core computer to the task. Before a design is ready to be fabricated, simulate the effects of fabrication and assembly errors using extensive tolerancing capabilities. Common applications include cameras, telescopes, microscopes, endoscopes, lasers, fiber couplers, heads-up displays, automobile headlights, street lights, and many others. Customers span the gamut of advanced technology industries including defense/aerospace, biomedical, automotive, consumer electronics, machine vision, and more.

Customers work on such a wide array of applications that custom programming capabilities are a necessity. OpticStudio provides the ability to communicate with MATLAB or any other COM/.NET enabled program. Users typically drive OpticStudio from MATLAB using scripts or UI elements. The capability allows users to define/change optical systems, run any analysis and return data, optimize and tolerance. Nearly any task possible manually can be done through the COM/.NET interface. In addition, a simplified scripting language (ZPL) is supported for automating tasks inside OpticStudio.

Zemax, LLC

10230 NE Points Drive
Suite 540
Kirkland, WA 98033
Tel: 425-305-2800

Required Products


  • Windows


  • E-mail
  • Telephone
  • Training

Product Type

  • Data Analysis Tools


  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Optics
  • System Modeling and Simulation
  • Lighting and Illumination


  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Biotech and Pharmaceutical
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Instrumentation