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TracePro classes are four-hour, instructor-led, online courses that are a mixture of lecture and hands-on examples. A digital copy of the course notes will be supplied. Attendees wishing to complete the examples during the class must provide their own TracePro license.


TracePro 101 - Introduction to TracePro

Designed for new users, this class is a great starting point for using TracePro and getting useful results right away. In the examples we will develop a model from beginning to end, model creation to final analysis.

Session 1, July 23, 2024

Introduction to TracePro

  • TracePro user interface
  • TracePro menus
  • TracePro help

Modeling in TracePro

  • Importing models from CAD
  • Importing lens design files
  • Making models in TracePro

Applying properties

  • Types of properties in TracePro
  • Applying properties to objects and surfaces

Defining sources

  • Source types: Grid Source, Surface Source Properties, Ray/file sources

Session 2, July 24, 2024


  • Raytrace modes: Analysis and Simulation modes
  • Running raytraces

Analyzing results

  • Radiometry and Photometry terms
  • Analysis tools in TracePro including: 
  • Irradiance/Illuminance Maps. Candela Plots, Luminance/Radiance Maps, and others
  • Photorealistic Rendering

TracePro 102 – TracePro: Beyond The Basics

Pre-requisite TracePro 101 or some experience with the program. Topics include custom properties, user settings and specialized tools such as Importance Sampling, Diffraction and Polarization with an introduction to Macro Programming with Scheme.

Session 1, July 30, 2024

Making custom properties in TracePro

  • TracePro property editors
  • Utilities in TracePro for making custom properties

User settings in TracePro

  • Raytrace settings
  • User preferences
  • Default and custom settings

Session 2, July 31, 2024

Specialized tools in TracePro

  • Importance Sampling
  • Diffraction 
  • Polarization

Macro programming with Scheme

  • Introduction to the Scheme macro language
  • Macro recorder

TracePro 201 – TracePro: Optimization

This course will cover the theory behind optimization and provide a full overview of the Interactive Optimizer in TracePro. All aspects of the optimization process, including creating the geometry, applying properties, setting up sources, and defining optimization targets will be addressed. Optimization examples feature lenses, reflectors, and light guides.

Session 1, December 10, 2024

Introduction to the Interactive Optimizer

  • The Optimization Process

Interactive Optimization Workflow

  • Making Geometry
  • Defining Variables
  • Optimization Operands

Session 2, December 11, 2024

Setting up the Model in TracePro

  • What to make and what not to make in the optimizer
  • Positioning optimizer objects in the TracePro Model
  • Setting the analysis tools in TracePro


  • Lens
  • Reflector
  • Light Guide
  • Tolerancing