Optics in virtual reality

The evaluation of optical systems determines how the product is perceived and even whether or not it can be used in the intended manner.


With the Ansys optics product portfolio, you can implement optical simulations for a great variety of applications, such as light guide optimization, luminaire development or UV disinfection. Whether for design, engineering, validation or visualization, each result is strictly physics-based and therefore highly realistic.

Ansys Optics overview

Ansys continues to push the innovation envelope to deliver accurate, high-performance optical design and simulation capabilities for optical designers.

Speed up design and improve accuracy with the latest Ansys Speos release. The 2022 R2 release delivers powerful capabilities that speed time to result, improve simulation accuracy, and expand interoperability with other Ansys products. Link more powerfully with CAD data thanks to a bi-directional link that eases the end user’s workflow by shortening the design iteration cycle. When a user modifies parameters in the Speos UI, the updates will automatically occur in CAD and to the design in Speos, keeping all links to Speos features. Other productivity enhancements in this release including Light Field simulation and compatibility, better meshing control with geometries meshed proportionally to each face’s size, easier Stray Light Analysis and hot spot detection, and Labs enhancement allowing immediate access to key optical metrics.

2022 R2 brings the launch of Ansys Zemax OpticStudio which provides everything you need to simulate, optimize, and tolerance your optical designs. Design high-confidence virtual prototypes that you can thoroughly analyse before manufacturing.

With Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder design exceptional products more efficiently and deliver them to manufacturing with confidence. Empower engineers to work together on a single, shared file across optical and mechanical teams. Analyze the performance of optomechanical packaging and create optical drawings with a single click.

The 2022 R2 release of Ansys Lumerical introduces a series of powerful new capabilities to extend usability, accuracy, performance, and functionality across its family of products. These new features enhance modeling capabilities for electro-optical devices, from SPADs to microLEDs and lasers, and empower photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designers with new capabilities for process-aware design and electronic-photonic design automation (EPDA). Several improvements for integrated flows with Zemax and Speos further streamline modeling of nanoscale to macroscale optics for augmented reality, metalens design, and imaging systems.

ANSYS Optics Products

Ansys Speos

Experience light simulation for optical system optimization and validation in an intuitive and comprehensive user interface within a Multiphysics environment

Ansys Zemax OpticsBuilder

Flawlessly convert lens design data into native CAD to build optical designs faster with fewer errors. Create ISO, Compliant optical drawings.

Ansys Lumerical

Photonics takes the wave character of light into account. Quantum physics methods must also be used in the calculation of photonic phenomena.

Resources & Events

Virtual product development with material models

Calculation of heat generation and heating of a terminating resistor for rectangular waveguides

Optical simulation at CADFEM

Aesthetics, quality, reliability and energy demand are all requirements that are linked to optical properties.

Lighting and material design

Visual validation and optimization of lighting and material design.


Ansys physics-based imaging, illumination and optical design simulation software streamlines the design process to
better understand how your product will perform under real-world lighting and usage conditions.

When customers evaluate your products, the overall look and details can make the difference. Simulate light interactions with materials so you can see how your product will appear in real-world conditions, letting you see eye to eye with your customers and making decisions.

Optical sensors are the eyes of any intelligent system. Assess raw signals from camera and lidar systems in their
operating environments. Post-process simulated data to optimize sensor layouts on vehicles in dynamic driving

Use real-time, interactive and immersive environments to experience your prototype in virtual reality on a scale.