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Beamingly Beautiful and Simple SMARTOptics

  • Optical path analysis based on geometric optics
  • Complete integration with Creo Parametric
  • Support of the design engineer already during the conception phase
  • Determination of interference geometries
  • Visualization of the results
  • Support of different wavelengths

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Benefits for your company

SMARTOptics provides a tool that you can use to simulate the optical path in Creo Parametric. The full integration enables immediate reaction to unforeseeable disturbance factors in the project phase. This saves time and money and shortens the product development process.

All types of geometric optics such as reflections and refraction are supported. The light is displayed in form of individual beams. The accuracy of the results is adequate and sufficient for most cases in technical optics.

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    The clear arrangement of the commands and an intuitive workflow will help you to complete the optical design quickly and simplifies the use of the software.

  • Flexible

    You can react to changed boundary conditions at an early stage of the analysis. This increases the flexibility in your company and shortens the development time.

  • Integrated

    In comparison to other optical software packages, the analysis is done directly in Creo Parametric and you can perform it yourself.

  • Manifold

    You will have an access to an extensive material library and select material properties from various catalogs. 


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Define Optical Components

The following optical elements can be defined:

  • Light sources / Spotlights – Light sources are Creo elements with any kind of curves. For each curve, a beam is sent through the assembly and analyzed.
  • Material / Medium – On media the rays are refracted according to the refractive indices. Select the wavelength dependent material properties from a database.
  • Reflective elements – parts where rays are reflected. You can specify the degree of reflection.
  • End elements – parts where the beam to be evaluated should end.
  • Absorbing elements – The beam is absorbed at these elements and ends here.
  • Divider surfaces – Here the beam is divided into two beams. You can specify the degree of reflection.

Use Material Database

SMARTOptics offers an extensive glass database with materials from HOYA, OHARA and SCHOTT.

Of course, this database can be extended with your own materials at any time. In addition to the materials, it is also possible to define colors and wavelengths in order to refer to them later on.

Visualize Results

The result is temporarily displayed in the assembly.

It is also possible to generate the results as geometry in the form of curves or points in Creo Parametric. This also allows cooperation with partners who do not use SMARTOptics.

Support the use of different wavelengths

SMARTOptics supports the use of different wavelengths for your light sources. Check how your product behaves at different wavelengths and compare the results.

Possible Use Cases of SMARTOptics

  • Optical Assemblies

    Any type of assemblies with mirrors or lenses.

  • Design Study

    Use multi-function studies to determine variances of the target beam depending on tolerances.

  • Mechanism Simulation

    How does the light behave on moving parts?

  • Fibre Optics

    Does the light stay in the fibre optics?

  • Field of View Investigations

    What are the effects of components in the field of view? Where, for example, do blind spots occur?

Technical details

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Success Stories
from our Customers

  • Taking a position on various key points:

    • Tolerance calculation: BMX [Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension] can do a statistical multi-target analysis -> here I can examine selected tolerances to see what influence they have on the end positions of a light beam. This is a good tool to determine where I need adjustment points and where not.
    • Optical plastic part: tactile measurement of the part –> transfer data to CAD model –> estimate the effect with SMARTOptics !!  This was very helpful.
    • Optical plastic injection molding: scattered light examination on the small radii that ALWAYS occur.
    • Scattered light problem: here I have a good tool to investigate this specifically. Here we were able to quickly exclude problem areas or manipulate where the stray light could come from.


    • Good estimation where parts could project into the beam path (in practice it is ALWAYS very narrow).
    • SMARTOptics 7.0 is now very effective to use!!!

    Jakob Matthias from ZEISS Group

  • Smartoptics has made our work much easier in past projects. With the help of this simulation program, errors could already be detected in the concept phase, thus avoiding expensive development loops. We were able to optimize the system even before the hardware was ordered and through this we were able to shorten the development and testing process significantly.

    In addition, the costs for prototyping could be significantly reduced.

    The simulation of complex systems with movable mirrors or filters, which are spatially arranged at different angles, brought particular advantages. The simulation possibility with different wavelengths is also very helpful.

    Dipl.-Ing. Ralph Lange from Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH

  • We managed a SMARTOptics project in one of our business units, which was very successful. The results of the beam path analysis were very helpful for the department.
    Although the users were not CREO users, they got along very well with SMARTOptics after a short briefing.

    Jens Biertümpfel from ZEISS Group


Even more effective in combination

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    SMARTColor helps you to provide machine-readable product and manufacturing information (PMI) through the rule-based application of predefined colors.

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    SMARTUpdate checks your assemblies, parts and drawings using a set of predefined rules. Based on the check results, the software repairs and updates your data reliably and automatically.

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