Improved 3D Optimizer and RepTile Features Included in the Latest Release of TracePro

Littleton, MA, USA – Lambda Research Corporation, a leading designer and publisher of illumination and optical design software, announces the addition of powerful enhancements to its TracePro software. These enhancements build upon the existing 3D optimization capabilities, dramatically improving the ability to represent complex surface features in luminaire and reflector design, and adding an additional RepTile™ feature to automate the representation of literally hundreds of millions of polygonal objects on or in materials.

 The TracePro 3D optimizer is recognized for its performance, accuracy, and flexibility. Base surface geometry of the illumination system design can be optimized around user-defined merit functions for spatial, chromatic, or angular luminance distributions. Two new geometry tools allow designers to easily represent complex surfaces integral to the luminaire design process:

  1. Curved Facet Design Tool – allows users to easily represent and optimize complex faceted reflectors and lenses for luminaire designs. Users simply sketch the base surface, specify the base type of the curved facets (smooth, planar, hexagonal, spiral, or uniform), and then specify the number of steps and rings to create extruded and revolved faceted lenses and reflectors.
  2. Periodic Structures Definition Tool – allows users to define periodic structures for lenses and reflectors by specifying circular or triangular geometry types, and then setting the pitch, radius, and height of each periodic segment.

TracePro's RepTile capability allows designers to create and define repetitive microstructures on any planar surface “on-the-fly.” In this latest release, the new polygon RepTile feature allows users to create repetitive polygonal surface features, that can be placed on or inside objects to model everything from unusual prismatic films to flecks inside material that create color effects. Users can define the number of sides, height, width, and thickness, and the rotation angles for each feature individually.

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