LightTools 7.0 is the new release of the popular world-class illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (ORA?). LightTools 7.0 supports Windows 7 and delivers expanded capabilities for both model construction and system analysis. For example, complex light source models can now be created instantly from any geometric object, including those generated in LightTools using Boolean operations on basic shapes, or imported from other CAD software, such as SolidWorks?, using the LightTools SolidWorks Link Module. The ability to make any object a source provides an appreciable advantage to designers of infrared imaging systems in particular.
LightTools is a unique optical engineering and design software product that features virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization, and photorealistic renderings of illumination applications. The software has adapted solid modeling technology to accommodate the inherent accuracy required to simulate ray paths of light as they traverse through and within optical elements and mechanical structures. LightTools is straightforward to use, accurate, has the most advanced capabilities commercially available, and supports the tasks of design and engineering iterations in addition to analysis.