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Non-imaging optics is a segment of optical engineering that designs and analyzes systems involving light that don’t form an image. (So, not a camera, telescope or microscope.)
Examples: indicator lights, illumination for machine vision systems, IR sensors, automotive headlamps, laser processes, and more!
Optical engineers use non-sequential ray traces to model virtual systems (we often use Synopsys LightTools at Spire Starter) and accurately predict performance faster and cheaper than you can on a lab bench in real life.
This can be done with new, custom optic designs, existing CAD, or off-the-shelf optics depending on your time and monetary budgets.
If you need to increase lighting uniformity, increase brightness, figure out a root cause problem, reduce glare, meet regulatory standards, or similar, let’s chat!
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If you’d like to engage in an optical engineering contract for a full optical design or analysis project, feel free to book a free, preliminary 20-minute consultation here. This time
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What's the history of your project and what do you want to improve? Often requires a baseline simulation of your existing system to generate quantitative metrics.
New optical system designs with simulations to compare to your system's baseline performance. -OR- variations of multiple parameters are simulated if you need root cause analysis. At times this requires real-life lab measurements to incorporate into simulations. We most frequently use Synopsys LightTools as our ray tracing optical simulation software, which is included in our rate.
Reports and conferences to explain results, recommendations, and cautions going forward in laymen's terms. Support can be provided through prototyping, design hand-off to high-volume manufacturers, and verification of first production parts, or however long you need!