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Raytrace and Analysis
TracePro and OSLO are robust tools for designing and analyzing optical systems for aerospace and defense applications. Both programs have been used to design and analyze many notable NASA optical systems, including:
Designers of military, aviation, and homeland defense systems rely on TracePro for an accurate, state-of-the-art, comprehensive design environment.
When you need to analyze baffles for the suppression of stray light due to scattering, diffraction, ghost images, and self emission, TracePro is an invaluable tool.
TracePro can simulate many aspects of optical system performance, including:
TracePro’s Solar Emulator and optimization capabilities have helped manufacturers achieve even greater absorption and collection rates. Optimize your design to boost efficiency using collector optics, textured panels, new material layouts and pyramidal structures. The optimized design will achieve the ultimate goal of lowering the cost per watt. The Solar Emulator is the only tool for analyzing 3D designs and simulating performance using standardized definitions for geographical location (latitude, longitude, and elevation).
Analyze your design for a specified period of sun travel with multiaxial tracking and irradiance for both direct and indirect sun contribution. Analysis output includes irradiance, candela maps, turbidity calculations, total flux, and efficiency over time.
TracePro’s Solar Emulator and design, analysis, and optimization capabilities accurately predict total energy output when solar collector systems are in real-world conditions. Hundreds of research papers have been written by TracePro users detailing TracePro’s capabilities on solar collection systems.
TracePro’s Solar Emulator and optimization features ensure solar collectors perform at peak efficiency.
TracePro is used extensively for stray light analysis and related applications, including:
Due to its generality, TracePro has been used to simulate optical systems operating at wavelengths ranging from the extreme ultraviolet, through the visible and infrared, to millimeter wavelengths. The intuitive user interface and accurate CAD file import reduce setup time needed for stray light analysis.
TracePro offers life sciences and medical device designers a powerful, complete simulation tool ideally suited to their needs. TracePro facilitates the design and development process by communicating across disciplines including optics, mechanics, materials, chemistry, and biology. This is extremely important for medical instrumentation and device designers who must communicate system level specifications and design elements to both scientists and engineers.
Medical system designers use TracePro to minimize the cost and time of iterative hardware prototyping and laboratory and clinical testing. Create models by directly creating the solid geometry in TracePro or by importing from a lens design program or a CAD program. Light rays propagate through the model with portions of the flux of each ray allocated for absorption, specular reflection and transmission, fluorescence, and scattering.
TracePro can simulate and analyze many aspects of optical systems including:
TracePro offers medical systems designers the confidence that the simulated design will predict the performance and accuracy of finished devices, such as:
For more information on Medical Device Design Using TracePro, view the Biomedical Brochure.
TracePro is a powerful software tool for modeling imaging and non-imaging optical devices. Models are created by importing from a CAD program or directly creating the solid geometry. Light rays propagate through the model with portions of the flux of each ray allocated for absorption, specular reflection and transmission, fluorescence, and scattering.
TracePro offers industrial designers the confidence that the simulation will accurately predict performance without costly prototype iterations for a wide variety of technologies, such as:
TracePro is used by the world’s top display manufacturers for display design. Modern display backlights must meet specifications for spatial and angular uniformity, brightness, and spectral characteristics. Quickly achieving these criteria with a manufacturable, cost-effective design requires powerful, easy-to-use, accurate software.
You can be confident that TracePro will accurately predict the performance and aesthetics of finished products with fewer costly prototypes. The software is used to design many types of products:
Automotive designers use TracePro to integrate LEDs, HID lamps, and incandescent lighting into cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. LED-based headlamps are now used on many vehicles. These high-power LED systems must be analyzed to verify performance.
LEDs have long been used for automotive ambient lighting. They also illuminate dashboard and gauge clusters using light pipes and light guides, which employ gentle curves to steer light by Total Internal Reflection (TIR). This is combined with beveled corners that act as mirrors, enabling designers to use fewer LEDs.
Designers of Head-Up Displays (HUDs), windshield systems, collision detection systems, rearview cameras, and backup illumination systems use TracePro to analyze their designs, including:
TracePro helps automotive designers visualize the effect of their LED layout, design, and placement through the use of photorealistic rendering of interior and exterior uses, including the illumination of:
TracePro offers lighting designers the most accurate and comprehensive design environment available. Lighting system design requires strict adherence to performance criteria, including spatial and angular light distribution, uniformity, intensity, and spectral characteristics, along with aesthetic factors such as lit and unlit appearance. The result is a cost-effective design that is ready for manufacture.
TracePro is a comprehensive, versatile software tool for modeling the propagation of light. Models are created by importing from a CAD program or by directly creating the solid geometry. Rays propagate through the model with portions of the flux of each ray allocated for absorption, specular reflection and transmission, fluorescence, and scattering.
Lighting system designers can be confident that TracePro will accurately predict the performance and aesthetics of finished products with fewer costly prototypes. The software is used to design many types of products: