TracePro

Consumer Electronics

TracePro offers OEM equipment and industrial designers an intuitive tool for optical and illumination systems with a familiar CAD interface. Machine vision and automatic inspection system design must take into account the use of cameras, lighting, and laser components, requiring designers to understand scattering effects, stray light, lighting uniformity, and energy propagation.

Dual Lightpipe with Rays Traced

TracePro is a comprehensive, versatile software tool for modeling the propagation of light in imaging and non-imaging opto-mechanical systems. Models are created by importing from a design program or a CAD program or by directly creating the solid geometry in TracePro. Source rays propagate through the model with portions of the flux of each ray allocated for absorption, specular reflection and transmission, fluorescence, and scattering. From the model, designers can analyze:

  • Model real scattering effects using full anisotropic properties and asymmetric BSDF
  • Import from five popular optical design programs
  • Fully model stray light from lens mounts, packaging, and thermal sources
  • Analyze multiple paths using nonsequential ray tracing algorithms
  • Track absorbed and incident flux on every surface and object using
    flux reports
  • Track flux in laser cavities
  • Export 3D flux data to third-party laser cavity design and analysis programs
  • Watch energy propagate through the laser cavity along any axis using
    the volume flux viewer
  • Analyze flux for absorbed, incident, originated, or exiting radiation
  • Analyze any material or bulk scatter sources for incident, originating, absorbed, and lost energy
  • Define multiple sources using asymmetric surface emission, including
    user-defined properties
  • Analyze birefringence in crystals, including splitting of rays into ordinary
    and extraordinary components
  • Track full polarization effects using Stokes vectors and Mueller matrices

TracePro offers equipment and industrial designers the confidence that the simulated design will predict the performance and accuracy of finished systems without costly prototype iterations for a wide variety of technologies, such as:

  • Illumination for machine vision
  • Design of laser cavities
  • Virtual prototyping of consumer electronic devices
  • Laboratory instruments and measuring devices