Products, Materials + Tools | Feb 15, 2011

New Software Forms Foundation for CAD-Integrated Optical Design Software

Breault Research Organization (BRO) has released an updated version of the company's APEX® optical engineering software. Now available to new and existing customers with current software maintenance agreements, APEX 2010 V2R1 represents a leap forward in CAD-integrated optical software architecture.

APEX 2010 V2R1 Release Highlights:
• Release includes installations for 64-bit Windows Vista & 7, as well as 32-bit Windows XP, Vista, and & 7.
• Optical properties assigned to parts may now be edited within PART documents.
• New check prevents the definition of more than one media or coating with the same name.
• Improper reflectivity values are now automatically detected during entry of user-defined scatter models.
• Emitting Data specifications can now be applied to multiple system components in a single step.
• Catalog items can now be accessed by all users on the same computer
• Renaming catalog items now affects optical property nodes in the Optics Manager.
• Scatter models can now be applied to faces in PART documents.
• Scatter and roughness models can now be assigned to parts in PART documents.
• Source modeling features now include options for modeling hexagonal and polar-grid sources.
• Source wavelengths are now automatically detected and any potential system setup issues are displayed.
• Source Wizard dialog now allows users to stop rayset generation.
• Source data node now includes option for deleting all source analyses.
• Rays traced are now visible in all system views when ray trace results are displayed.
• New Consider Specular option allows specular rays to be included or ignored during scatter analyses.
• Contour options are available for customizing level value and color in plotted results.
• Picture Plot crosshairs have been modified to display maximum or minimum locations.
• Ray Trace and Analysis Results node now includes options for deleting all traces and analyses.
• Users can now export distribution data Results sets from analyses performed.
• As well as other enhancements, repairs, and customer-requested changes.

APEX is a stand-alone application that facilitates and optimizes an engineer's interaction with optical engineering software tools by fully integrating them in the industry-standard SolidWorks® 3D CAD software. In APEX, optical designers learn, create, design, and analyze in the same program environment -- and that environment is all about ease of use.

Visit BRO's Web site to learn more about ASAP Optical Software and other BRO products and services, including training courses and engineering consulting services:

About Breault Research Organization (BRO):
BRO is an optical engineering firm of global reach and reputation. BRO's optical software products and training courses help engineers turn creative visions into working prototypes, and the company's own engineers work on beyond-state-of-the-art projects for Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, and top government labs. BRO has been recognized by the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology export achievements, received Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Awards for Best Place to Work and Community Service, was named Arizona's 2010 Small Business Innovator of the Year, and has been commended by United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for excellence in technology development. BRO is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company steadfastly committed to quality, innovation, and the success of its clients.


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