This technical publication describes how computer-aided design (CAD) is generally used in the optical design and analysis process in ASAP®, the Advanced Systems Analysis Program from Breault Research Organization (BRO). It compares imaging and non-imaging systems as well as CAD interaction between programs for sequential lens design and optical design and analysis. After laying the basis for these comparisons, CAD in ASAP outlines the heart of the CAD integration capability in ASAP, the ASAP Translator, which converts CATIA, GTX, IGES, or STEP Part 42 entities into ASAP entities.
Due to improved file translation support in ASAP 2013 V1R1, this document now includes ASAP support for translation of these file types: GTX, IGES and STEP Part 42. The add-on CATIA Module for ASAP provides translation support for CATIA (*.catpart,*.catproduct) files." (December 2013)
This document was updated and condensed, and references to other ASAP technical publications now substitute for sections on the IGES to ASAP translator. (April 2012)
References to the utility, vect2dxf.exe were removed and the "IGES/ASAP Translator" section was updated to correspond to ASAP Help. (January 2011)
This document received its annual technical review for accuracy and completeness. Minor edits were made for clarity and completeness. In the "Summary" section, content was added to describe briefly the plug-in capabilities in ASAP for SolidWorks and CATIA. (April 2007)
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