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Littleton, MA, USA – When developing new products, time is money and production and design mistakes can be costly. Lambda Research Corporation's award-winning TracePro® opto-mechanical software – used for design, analysis and optimization of optical and illumination systems – allows designers to reduce costly and time-consuming trial-and-error prototyping steps. Lambda Research's latest software installment, TracePro 7.6, includes new diffuser catalogs, new features and a simplified menu structure that broaden the program's capabilities. One of the enhanced features in version 7.6 is the availability of the Makrolon® diffuser sheet catalog from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
TracePro 7.6 users can specify Makrolon® Lumen XT polycarbonate sheet for a variety of optical applications, including luminaires, LED lighting, flat panel displays, consumer electronics and aerospace applications. Dr. Ted Trautman, technology director – polycarbonate sheet products, North America, Bayer MaterialScience LLC stated, "We offer a wide range of diffusion levels within the Makrolon® Lumen XT product line to allow designers the flexibility to optimize LED light fixture efficacy and aesthetics. Optical modeling software such as TracePro allows lighting fixture designers to quickly and economically screen a range of LED and Lumen XT diffuser combinations and geometries."
The TracePro program uses scatter measurements to mathematically describe how light is absorbed, refracted and scattered for each optical element, including Makrolon® Lumen XT polycarbonate sheet.
To specify a grade of Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet, the TracePro user selects the correct Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet surface property from the TracePro Bayer diffuser catalog, then applies the property to the diffuser CAD model in the TracePro model. The user's design will now reflect the properties and behavior of the chosen Makrolon® Lumen XT polycarbonate sheet grade.
Michael Gauvin, vice president – sales and marketing, Lambda Research Corporation, explained, "By having Bayer's material available through TracePro, users don't have to guess how the wide range of Makrolon® diffusers absorb, reflect, refract and scatter light. They now have at their disposal the measured catalog data available in the TracePro optical properties catalog and can use TracePro's virtual prototyping capability to simulate the diffuser in the TracePro model before manufacturing."
This capability reduces trial-and-error prototyping and gives the user the benefit of computer simulation – saving time, money and the effort required to produce prototypes.
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
With 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,200 people at the end of 2014. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company. Sustainability is central to the company's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
About Lambda Research Corporation:
Lambda Research Corporation, a privately-held company founded in 1992, is an industry leader in light analysis, illumination system design and analysis, and custom software development. Lambda Research Corporation publishes TracePro®, an award-winning opto-mechanical design software used for designing and analyzing illumination and optical systems. TracePro streamlines the prototyping to manufacturing process by combining an intuitive 3D CAD interface, advanced utilities, and seamless interoperability with other mechanical design programs.