Introduction to APEX

Introduction To APEX

This tutorial provides an introduction to using the APEX optical design and analysis program, with hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and lectures. Students follow the APEX workflow procedure to design and analyze a variety of illumination and imaging systems.

Course Overview

Students learn to apply the 4-Step workflow to accurately design and analyze common illumination systems, such as conic reflectors, lightpipes, and CPCs. The integrated SolidWorks(r) CAD capabilities can be used to generate a wide range of system components. APEX Wizard's are introduced for adding light sources -- such as LEDs -- to system models, and for creating high-accuracy optical geometry -- such as aspheres. Course materials based on theory as well as practical experience are used to drive corresponding hands-on practice sessions. Students learn how to perform radiometric and photometric analyses to assess the performance of optical systems.

Course Outline

  • Overview of the 4-Step Process
  • Creating geometry in CAD
  • Creating geometry using the Optical Manager
  • Applying optical properties
  • Refraction, reflection, absorption, and scatter
  • Basic radiometry and photometry
  • Total internal reflection
  • Fresnel reflection and transmission
  • Designing conic reflectors
  • Faceting reflectors
  • Designing geometry for reuse
  • CPCs, prisms, lenses

Familiarity with geometric and optical concepts is helpful but not required.

This Introductory Tutorial is a four-day course limited to 16 participants.

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"The Introduction to ASAP Tutorial frankly exceeded all of my expectations. The instruction was immensely helpful and I'm certain will greatly shorten the time required to find problem solutions using ASAP."

Clint A. Davis, P.E.
Mesa Engineering, Inc.

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