ASAP Capabilities

Design and analyze imaging and illumination systems with CAD interoperability

ASAP® NextGen is powered by the ASAP non-sequential raytracing engine – known throughout the optics industry for its accuracy and efficiency. Rays can encounter surfaces in any order and any number of times, with automatic ray splitting and/or scattering. Optimized for speed with new CoreMax parallel processing technology, ASAP will trace millions of rays in minutes.

Use ASAP NextGen to model complex imaging systems, illumination systems, and light concentrating devices. Create highly accurate source models using source images, point sources, ray grids, and ray fans. Model LED’s, incandescent bulbs, HID arc lamps or CCFL’s or import from the BRO Light Sources Catalog. Perform the analyses necessary to validate your designs without experimental prototyping.

Customers in need of CAD software solutions may also purchase a license of SOLIDWORKS® 3D CAD software to complement their ASAP optical software solution. Multiple configurations of SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings are available. SOLIDWORKS is an intuitive 3D-design environment optimized for use with ASAP. Write ASAP geometry files from within SOLIDWORKS, import XML files, or use BRO’s proprietary smartIGES™ CAD translator to import system models from SOLIDWORKS and other CAD packages while maintaining fast, efficient ray-tracing speed.

In addition to parallel processing with CoreMax technology, ASAP NextGen includes Remote distributed processing capability allowing you to complete big design jobs in a fraction of the time required by other tools – spawn up to (5) additional ASAP NextGen sessions on your Local Area Network (LAN), without leaving your desk.

Key ASAP NextGen Capabilities

  • Automatically create working scripts directly from the Optics Manager
  • Quickly create apodized or multi-wavelength sources from the Sources Catalog
  • Use pre-defined LED, incandescent, arc, and CCFL sources
  • Import measured manufacturer's source data in distribution file (.dis) format
  • Import/Export photometric data in EULUMNDAT and IES LM-63-02 formats
  • Define new media or assign existing media to surfaces from the Media Catalog
  • Define new coatings or assign existing coatings from the Coatings Catalog
  • Define new scatter models or use existing models from the Scatter Models Catalog
  • Model surface (BRDF) and volume scatter
  • Define new lenses or use existing lenses from the Lens Catalog
  • Create user-defined functions in the Functions Catalog for use in the OM or scripts
  • Use digitized coating, spectrum or apodization data from .bmp or .jpg images
  • Save digitized coating, spectrum, or apodization data in the User Data Catalog
  • Run full radiometric or photometric analyses of complex systems
  • Perform numeric and graphical CIE/Chromaticity analyses and Visual Appearance
  • Import/Export IGES files using the ASAP CAD Translator
  • Import STEP, CATIA, or GTX files using the ASAP CAD Translator
  • Use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD models (license optional) with ASAP
  • Write ASAP-specific IGES files from within SOLIDWORKS
  • Assign object and layer names in SOLIDWORKS
  • Write ASAP-specific IGES files from within Rhinoceros®
  • Import geometry and optical properties using the XML file format
  • Automatically run parallel processes on available cores on the local machine
  • Use multi-core processing for scripts on machines on the Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Use all available cores for machines on the LAN for distributed processing
  • Use the Workflow Manager (WM) to build complete scripts
  • Quickly insert commands with variable input to existing scripts using the WM
  • Add command modifiers easily to inserted commands from the WM
  • Extensible script editor (ESE) with text markers, auto-indent mode, code folding
  • ESE with brace matching, automatic command tips, block code selection
  • ESE with horizontal/vertical window splitting for multiview script control
  • ESE with colorized syntax, bookmarks, and fully configurable keyboard
  • ESE with fully integrated Optimization, Macro, and $SCR Managers
  • Optimization Manager (OM) with automatic code parsing to find all defined variables
  • Fully integrated OM with Brent's, Downhill Simplex, and Simulated Annealing methods
  • Integrated OM to define variables, objectives, constraints, and exit criteria
  • View optimization results with the script editor
  • Automatically view, edit and re-insert all defined macros in the Macro Manager
  • Create custom forms and auto-generate script in the $SCR Editor
  • Easily switch between script languages in the ESE with a simple mouse click
  • Integrate scripts in C#, Python, VBScript or JScript languages
  • Visualize, analyze, and monitor light distributions using conformal radiometry
  • Begin your simulation with one of over 800 example files
  • Create your own custom workspace within ASAP NextGen

Pricing and Platform Information

Please use the ASAP NextGen Web quote form to help us understand your optical software needs. Our Technical Sales Team will respond promptly.