Agenda

    • Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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      6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
      Welcome Reception
      Harbor View Ballroom
      Help us kick off Envision USA at our welcome reception! Take in the views of Boston harbor while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and conversation.
    • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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      7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
      Breakfast
      Palm Garden
       

      General Session

      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Evolving into the Future
      Grand Ballroom
      The industry is moving faster than ever—pressure to keep up is enormous. You must continue to evolve. You must change your own game. We’re going to help you change the way you work, solving not just the problems you have today, but also those you will face tomorrow. Mark will share what's ahead for Zemax and what's ahead for you, to prepare for the future of optics.
      Speakers:
      9:00 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Product Launch & Roadmap
      Grand Ballroom
      Join Zemax's, Chief Product Officer, S. Subbiah as he shares the exciting future of the Zemax product line.
      Speakers:
      10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Guest Speaker to be Announced
      Grand Ballroom
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      A New Method for Designing Optical Systems
      Grand Ballroom
      The conventional design approach is to maximize the nominal performance of the design, and then as a separate step, add fabrication tolerances. This presentation will introduce a better approach. The method uses optimization of ray angles to reduce sensitivity to tolerance defects. Design examples will show that optimization using the new method yields designs that may have inferior nominal performance but superior as-built performance.
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      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Lunch
      Palm Garden
       

      Breakout Session

      1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM
      Advancing OpticStudio
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      In this session, we'll take a closer look at the tool that makes it possible for you to design any optical system. What's ahead? Attend to find out.
      Speakers:
      1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM
      Unleashing the Power of Zemax through the ZOS-API / UDS / UDO
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      If one had to use a new software tool to design and analyze every new technology, we’d have hundreds of software tools to acquire, learn, and use to keep up with our own creativity. Fortunately, OpticStudio enables users to express their creativity and simulate new optical technologies by extending its capabilities with User Defined Surfaces, User Defined Objects, and the ZOS-API. This talk will provide examples of how one can use User Defined Surfaces to create arbitrary surfaces, User Defined Objects to interface with polarization based physics, and the ZOS-API to automate design, optimization, and analyses of complex optical system creating unique analyses to answer top level systems engineering questions.
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      2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Practical but not Perfect – Design Approach for Successful Optoelectronic Product Development
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Anyone who has developed & launched an optoelectronic product knows that “optics is king” and dictates the system requirements. However, almost always the success of that product equally hinges on other competing factors – schedule, manufacturability, robustness, and cost. I will highlight the importance of developing practical, not necessarily perfect, optical designs to successfully convert concepts to manufacturable products in the fewest iterations. We will traverse the world of trade-offs that every optical designer is challenged with using my experiences in developing 25+ optoelectronic products over the last 5 years as examples.
      Speakers:
      2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Taking LensMechanix into the Future
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      If you think you know what LensMechanix is all about, you must attend this talk to find out what's ahead. Hint: it's groundbreaking.
      Speakers:
      3:15 PM  -  4:00 PM
      From Earth to Pluto and Beyond
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Southwest Research Institute has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing ultraviolet spectrographs for spaceflight. OpticStudio has been a key tool in design, tolerancing, thermal analysis, and stray/scattered light analysis. The basic design of SwRI's ultraviolet spectrograph will be discussed, along with how OpticStudio has been used to refine and improve performance. Flight results will be presented, along with expectations of future results.
      Speakers:
      3:15 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Removing Gravitational Sag from a Cup Up/Cup Down Optical Test of a Light-Weighted Mirror for Space
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      A wide range of problems require optical modeling that includes structural and thermal effects. Our STOP software is designed to bring FEA analysis results, such as temperature changes and surface deformations, into OpticStudio models. As a demonstration, we’ve analyzed a 1-m lightweighted space telescope mirror. Such mirrors will operate in a 0-gravity environment, but must be optically tested in a 1-g environment. We model “cup-up” and “cup-down” interferometric tests for the mirror, including structural analyses to predict the deformation of the mirror in gravity. The two data sets can be combined to predict the shape of the mirror at 0-g.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Hybrid Achromatic Metasurface-Refractive Lenses
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Photonic metasurfaces comprise sub-wavelength nanostructures. We report dispersion-engineered metasurfaces with wavelength-dependent phase profiles to correct optical aberrations in refractive lenses from a simple singlet spherical lens to a complicated oil-immersion objective.
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      4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Zemax Product Announcement
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      Learn about the newest Zemax release helping you bring your products to market faster and more efficiently.
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      6:30 PM  -  9:30 PM
      Envision Attendee Dinner
      Boston Public Library
      Join Zemax for an evening of great food, drinks and conversation. Discover the beauty of the Boston Public Library and enjoy a delicious dinner while discussing key take-aways from Envision!
    • Thursday, October 10, 2019
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      7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
      Breakfast
      Palm Garden
       

      General Session

      8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
      Photonics: Key to Tomorrow’s World
      Grand Ballroom
      Light-based technologies are at the core of today’s society, essential to modern social interaction, commerce, information, and entertainment. These technologies enable applications ranging from defense to healthcare and from energy generation to advanced manufacturing. They are the economic engine driving more than 13% of today’s global economy. In this presentation, Stephen Anderson, Director of Industry Development at SPIE delivers the latest update of a unique analysis of the global markets for photonics products that provides a clear in-depth picture of the size and impact of the world’s photonics industry. Looking forward, he will also explore some key technology trends that will drive continued growth of photonics into the 21st century—a century that will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics.
      Speakers:
      8:45 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Guest Speaker to be announced
      Grand Ballroom
       

      Breakout Session

      10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Designing Head-up Displays: Tricks of the Trade
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Using a Zemax sample lens as a starting point for a head-up display (HUD) lens design, I will walk through how to expand performance using aspheres, optimizing for binocular disparity, viewing space constraints using CAD imports, and prepping the system for conversion to fabrication-friendly prescriptions. I'll discuss system requirements derived from human factors such as binocular disparity, swimming & uniformity, and show how to incorporate HUD specifications into the design process. Furthermore, I will review how to evaluate fabrication data such as mid-spatial frequency surface errors to predict as-built performance.
      Speakers:
      10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Zemax Programs Overview
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      We're working on a number of initiatives within Zemax to serve you better. In this session you'll learn about the new MyZemax to help you get to your goals faster, we'll also discuss the new academic program to ensure we're supporting the engineers of the future and much more.
      11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Expanding Zemax Capabilities, 3 example advanced macros and custom Dlls
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Case studies showing how using a Zemax “User Defined Object” with a custom Dynamic Link Library (DLL) and written using C programming can improve speed and design control for certain design types and shapes. We will look at ray tracing tools Optics for Hire has built that integrate with Zemax and are being used by internal and external clients.
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      11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Zemax Programs Overview (repeat)
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      We're working on a number of initiatives within Zemax to serve you better. In this session you'll learn about the new MyZemax to help you get to your goals faster, we'll also discuss the new academic program to ensure we're supporting the engineers of the future and much more.
       
      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Lunch
      Palm Garden
       

      Breakout Session

      1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM
      Grid-Based Surface Optimization with True Freeform
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      Explore a new approach to grid-based surface optimization in OpticStudio, which allows flexibility in designing freeform optical components that is not possible with traditional surface types. Examples will demonstrate the trade-offs between the surface degrees of freedom, optimization efficiency and system performance. We also address manufacturability of the resulting surfaces. Finally, to examine the effect of the interpolation method, we consider both 2D cubic spline and Gaussian process regression representations.
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      1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM
      ISO Drawings: A Manufacturer’s Point of View
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Jennifer will create an ISO Drawing of an aspheric imager in OpticStudio. This will include translating tolerances from the Tolerance Data Editor to the ISO Drawing input fields. In the process, she will discuss several of these input fields and formats from a lens manufacturer’s point of view. Handouts will be provided to guide you through creating your own ISO 10110 Drawings.
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      2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
      A Close Encounter with a Catadioptric Fresnel
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      How do you build a Catadioptric Fresnel lens? Answer, not easily and with a lot of trial and error. In this session I'll walk through how I reverse engineered this project without supporting design files, using non-sequential in OpticStudio and dealt with how to proceed with a design for something that is not an object or surface type directly supported by the software. It can be done and I'll show you how.
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      2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
      The Optical and Mechanical Workflow of an Up/Down Suspended Linear LED Lighting System
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      As companies work to promote good, healthy and inviting work spaces, traditional office lighting has moved from standard 2x4 and 2x2 Troffers into new form factors with improved function and aesthetics. One advancement is in hanging linear lighting including curved shapes. Using LEDs, allows flexibility for the designer in shape and size while providing the correct work plane light level and reducing glare using optical and other techniques. The optical and mechanical workflow will be explored to create a novel lighting system suitable for commercial use.
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      General Session

      3:30 PM  -  4:15 PM
      Product Engagement
      Grand Ballroom
      We're planning an interactive session where you will be a part of the product conversation. Check back for details.
      4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
      Fireside Chat
      Grand Ballroom
      Join us for a panel of Zemax users as they discuss the future of optical engineering.
      Moderators:
      5:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Locknote
      Grand Ballroom
      Reflections on two days of learning, growing and envisioning as a community. Mark will share his key takeaways and set the stage for the final day of workshops.
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    • Friday, October 11, 2019
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      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Breakfast
      Palm Garden
       

      Workshop

      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Designing Manufacturable Systems with As-Built Optimization
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      As-Built Optimization offers the possibility to create designs that are less sensitive to manufacturing and assembly error. In this workshop we’ll demonstrate step-by-step how and when to use this capability to design systems that are more robust or cheaper to manufacture than traditional design methods allow. Practical examples will be shown of how to improves as-built performance of imaging systems when designing from scratch or modifying an existing system.
      Speakers:
      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Expanding OpticStudio Capabilities with ZPL and ZOS-API (beginner)
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      The Zemax Programming Language (ZPL) and Application Programming Interface (ZOS-API) offer vast scope to extend the capabilities of OpticStudio to meet your specific needs. Take you first steps into this exciting world and learn how you can speed up your workflow, perform custom analysis and take your productivity to the next level.
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      10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Advanced Tolerancing Part 1: Irregularity, Inhomogeneity and Doublet Roll
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Learn to use the ZOS-API to carry out some tricky tolerancing cases. We will tolerance surface irregularity using the ISO-10110 A(B/C) syntax, to enforce an upper limit on C (Rotationally Symmetric Irregularity or RSI). We’ll use a phase surface to tolerance surface irregularity on freeform mirrors and other complex surface shapes. We’ll demonstrate how to tolerance the roll in a cemented doublet using measured TIR (Total Indicator Runout) values. We’ll discuss a functional form for modeling index inhomogeneity based on the grade of the glass used, and we will use a phase surface to correctly tolerance that inhomogeneity. Finally, if time allows, we will demonstrate adding mid-frequency ripple to any surface.
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      10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Introduction to Illumination Design (beginner)
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      Discover the answers to questions such as ‘What is illumination system design?’ and ‘What are the key stages in the illumination design process?’ We’ll explore the concepts and theory that surround these questions, and demonstrate, using real world examples, how to apply these to the design f illumination system in OpticStudio.
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      12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Lunch
      Palm Garden
       

      Workshop

      1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Advanced Tolerancing with ZOS-API Part 2: Custom Tolerancing Runs
      Grand Ballroom DEF
      Learn to use the ZOS-API to create custom Monte Carlo runs. Use of the API drastically increases the flexibility of tolerancing in OpticStudio, because it combines all the capabilities of OpticStudio with all the statistical analysis and plotting power of a comprehensive math program like MATLAB. We’ll set up a custom Monte Carlo run for an eyepiece, match the pivot points to the mechanical situation of the lens, and include doublet roll tolerances. We’ll collect and analyze statistics for the simulation, and demonstrate fitting to find the standard deviations for each parameter.
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      1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Designing Manufacturable Systems with As-Built Optimization (repeat)
      Grand Ballroom ABC
      As-Built Optimization offers the possibility to create designs that are less sensitive to manufacturing and assembly error. In this workshop we’ll demonstrate step-by-step how and when to use this capability to design systems that are more robust or cheaper to manufacture than traditional design methods allow. Practical examples will be shown of how to improves as-built performance of imaging systems when designing from scratch or modifying an existing system.
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