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Zemax OpticStudio for developers


Ansys Zemax OpticStudio is a tool for designing components and subassemblies within complex, high-precision optical systems. Such systems address a variety of applications across several high-growth industries, from AR/VR to LIDAR, medical imaging to data communications, and more. It features a user-friendly interface suitable for engineers of all levels, making it accessible for professionals in diverse industries.

OpticStudio is used to virtually prototype complex, high-precision optical systems, enabling engineers to design components for these systems whose as-built performance will be as good as the simulated performance. Engineers can explore design trade-offs and understand the impact of manufacturing and assembly errors on system performance in a virtual environment, reducing risk in their designs and accelerating their time to market. For more information, see Ansys Zemax OpticStudio.

ZOS-API is an application programming interface developed for OpticStudio. It allows applications to either communicate directly with opened instances of OpticStudio or to run OpticStudio as a background process.

OS and supported languages

ZOS-API is a COM-enabled .NET library available for Windows, with templates and code examples provided for:

  • C++
  • C#
  • Python
  • Mathematica


ZOS-API Interface

Build your interface using the API references and examples to interact with Ansys Zemax OpticStudio.

2024 R2


Related projects

 When using ZOS-API, you can perform further development with the APIs and libraries of these Ansys products: