This article is part of a 3-series articles that will discuss the challenge of smartphone lens modules, from the conception and design to the manufacturing and analysis of structural deformation. This article is part two of the three-part series. It provides a walkthrough introduction on how to edit optics from an optical system in CAD and how to analyse a system with Zemax OpticsBuilder after mechanical components have been added. The show-case example is a smart phone lens system from a worldwide operating manufacturer which consist of five lenses, a cover glass and an infrared filter. The main objective is it to extend these lenses with complex edges, so they can be fitted into a mechanical mounting.
Designing Cell phone Camera Lenses Part 1: Optics
Designing Cell phone Camera Lenses Part 3: FEA and STOP Analysis with the STAR Module (coming soon)
Authored By Flurin Herren
After the optical system was optimized in OpticsStudio, the system is converted into a ZBD. file with the Prepare for OpticsBuilder tool.
The two main important points to consider when Prepare for OpticsBuilder is that firstly a sequential optical system will be converted into a non-sequential system (not the case in this example) and secondly that in the File Loading setting of the Prepare for OpticsBuilder feature, the Read-only box should be unticked if the mechanical engineer should have the rights to edit the core optical properties.
Edit Optics with CAD
Classic mounting edges can be directly added within OpticsBuilder using the Add Mounting Edge feature, to add complex mounting edges to the lenses the Creo Parametric native sketch tool can be used.
To edit the first set of lenses, they are opened in an own file (Assembly tab>right click on part>Open). After that, an additional sketch is drawn onto the side of the lens. By appending a centerline to the optical axis of the lens, the so added sketch can be revolved around the lens.
In a next step the modified lenses are inserted back into the assembly, so the fine adjustment of the complex edges can be done by modifying the sketches directly in comparison with the neighbouring lenses and onto the Barrel. As marked on the image below, there are still gaps considered for the Baffle rings. These are the implement in the next chapter.
Add and adjust the mechanical components
As the four Baffle rings are off-the-shelf components, they can be directly inserted into the optomechanical assembly with the Creo Parametric native insert tool (Model Tab -> Assemble -> Assemble A). After that they can directly positioned with the Object Placement tool.
The Barrel and Front Baffle need to be slightly modified so that the mechanical assembly can simulate the optical aperture which was defined in OpticStudio and the Beam clipping can be held to a minimum. See on the image below (Section A) the clipped beams in purple and on the right side (Section B), as the diameter of the mechanical aperture on the barrel was slightly increased, the newly simulated optomechanical system without any visible clipped beams.
After a first visual check, the optical Performance can be analyzed in depth with the OpticsBuilder Analysis tools
Optical Performance Analysis with OpticsBuilder
In order to validate the Optomechanical system with the OpticsBuilder Analysis tools, the three delta values can be investigated and compared to the Baseline values (explained below).
The spot size delta is calculated from the absolute value of the difference between OpticsBuilder Baseline and OpticsBuilder modified configurations. While the OB Baseline configuration only contains optics and aperture surfaces, and the modified configuration also contains mechanical geometry. As the spot size has a green checkmark, the modified configuration has the same (Or the difference is neglectable) value as the baseline configuration.
Beam Clipping 1.04%,
Rays that that hit a detector in the OpticsBuilder baseline configuration that do not hit any detector in the OpticsBuilder modified configuration are considered clipped. So, the percentage of clipped rays is defined by taking the ratio of the flux that does not hit a detector in the OpticsBuilder modified configuration divided by the flux that does hit the detector in the OpticsBuilder baseline configuration multiplied by 100. As the Baffle rings should prevent the rays from propagating through the upper parts of the assembly a minor amount of beam clipping is tolerated.
When traced rays in the OpticsBuilder modified configuration take unintended paths to a detector, they contribute to image contamination. An unintended path is any path that did not exist in the OpticsBuilder baseline configuration ray trace. On the image above the rays which contribute to the image contamination are marked orange. The amount of the image contamination is negligible, hence the green checkmark next to the Image Contamination Delta on the Results Window.
Additionally to the Deltas, the CAD user can also investigate the actual change of the Spots Characteristics. The initial Spots from the Non-sequential OpticStudio file are considered the OpticsBuilder Baseline and the Current Output does include the influence of the mechanical components. On the Image below the Field 3 can be observed.
As a next step the optomechanical system can be review with the optical engineer and the optical performance properties analyzed. If needed the optomechanical system can either be improved with the CAD system, exported back into OpticStudio with the Export .ZBD file feature (*1) or declared as completed and sent further.
(*1) Important to note from here is also that because the optics were edited with a CAD feature, they are not solely optical components anymore. So, they can be either defined as CAD Part: Creo Parametric or CAD Part: STEP.
If the Optomechanical system is declared as completed by the both the Optical and the Mechanical Engineer, the system can be exported from Creo Paramtertic as a STEP Assembly and moved further to a FEA Software, such as Ansys Mechanical, in order to generate FEA Datasets for the OpticStudio STAR Module. These Steps as elaborated in the third part of this Article series:
- Designing Cell phone Camera Lenses Part 3: FEA and STOP Analysis with the STAR Module (coming soon)