Imaging System Fundamentals


Learn the key steps in imaging system design with OpticStudio. Discover how to setup, analyze, optimise and tolerance a simple imaging system in OpticStudio sequential mode. You’ll also find out how to export your system to CAD and output lens specification as an ISO 10110 compliant drawing for manufacture.
Estimated time to complete: 3 hours


Setup your system

This is the very first step to understanding the sequential mode of OpticStudio. The article gives an introduction to the software interface while touching on fundamental design concepts and strategies needed to create a sequential system according to the system specifications.


Analyze your system

There are many different analysis features included in OpticStudio, each of which can be used to evaluate the performance of a design. In this article, we will use four of the more common types of analyses to evaluate the performance of the singlet.


Improve your system

There are certainly limits as to how well a singlet can perform, but OpticStudio can be used to find a better solution than the one which currently exists.



Tolerancing is the process by which the effects of manufacturing defects and alignment errors are considered, so that the 'as built' design meets its intended specification.


Share your system as a CAD file

In the creation of an optomechanical system, the optical engineer needs to be able to share his finalized optical design with the mechanical engineer, so that the mechanical geometry around the assembly can be built and b virtual prototype of the full optomechanical design can be created.


Share your system as an ISO 10110 compliant drawing

The ISO Element Drawing represents an ideal way of specifying a system's elements for production, as it may be used to create an ISO 10110 compliant drawing for single surfaces, singlets or doublets. The output is ideally suitable for use in optical shop fabrication, as this standard is widely used in the optics manufacturing industry.

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