CODE V Optical Design Software

Design, optimize and fabricate superior imaging optics

CODE V optical design software is a computer aided design software used to model, analyze, optimize, and provide fabrication support for the development of optical systems for diverse applications. This optical ray tracing software provides a powerful and yet easy-to-use toolkit of optical techniques and calculations that enables you to create superior designs that will work right when built. 

What's New in CODE V

Learn about the latest features in CODE V, including enhanced MTF optimization, improved visualization of small lenses and the SpecBuilder and SpecEvaluator tools to  manage project design and performance goals.

Key Features

CODE V has a vast array of technical, graphical, and ease-of-use features that makes it the lens design software of choice for developing superior imaging optics. The following list of key features is just a small subset of what is available.

  • Design optimization (including Global Synthesis) that speeds time to market
  • Fast, accurate tolerancing for superior fabrication support
  • Accurate, groundbreaking beam propagation analysis
  • Extensive built-in libraries of optical system models (patents, etc.), components, and optical glasses
  • Comprehensive graphics capabilities (pictures, data plots, shaded displays), including 3D visualizations and diffraction-based image simulations
  • Non-sequential surface modeling for unusual systems
  • Fast 2D image simulation to visualize optical system performance
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What Customers Are Saying

“The CODE V Image Simulation feature provides a convenient method for evaluating optical systems that are used in unconventional imaging environments, such as automotive surround, 3D (stereo) imaging or hyper-hemispheric imaging. We have used these tools to develop hyper-hemispheric designs and have found them to be effective in evaluating synthetic target imagery. Rather than relying on MTF and PSF plots, the diffraction-based Image Simulation helps bridge the gap between perception and engineering metrics for our clients."

--Dr. John Tamkin, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Imaging Insights LLC


"We rely on the speed, stability and flexibility of CODE V's optimization capabilities to develop sophisticated optical systems. With its global optimization features, its ability to control constraints exactly, and an interface that allows us to set up user-defined merit functions quickly and easily, CODE V gives us ultimate design freedom."

--Russ Hudyma, managing partner, Hyperion Development LLC

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