Photopia 2021 Release

My Photopia webpage

photopia | for Rhino Preview

The Next Generation of Photopia is inside Rhinoceros. Photopia users will have access to a full featured modern CAD system, allowing quicker optical designs and better interchange with Inventor, Creo Parametric, SolidEdge, Catia and other CAD systems.

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My Photopia webpage

New Plot Options in SOLIDWORKS

Photopia for SOLIDWORKS and Rhino can now display grayscale, true color and false color plots, including legends. Plots can be of traditional metrics like illuminance, but also irradiance and many other custom options, including Delta u'v', allowing you to visualize the numeric color difference.

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Fluence Spheres

Fluence Spheres

Smooth Lenses | Equation Driven Lenses

Within Solidworks you can now define smooth spherical lenses by their equation properties. The raytrace then uses this high resolution lens geometry to ensure that rays are traced along their true paths, avoiding the approximation with a meshed model of the lens.

One application of this tool is to create a projection image of your luminaire to analyze LED blending and also compute luminance across your luminaire.

Smooth Lens Tutorial

Complete Luminance

All Changes from 2020.1 to 2021

All: Improved Beam Angle for distributions with uplight

All: Added back plane to Peak Intensity Plot

All: Fixed Zonal Lumen at pole for certain symmetries

All: Improved Indoor Paginated Report

All: Improved Type A angle sets

SOLIDWORKS: 2021 Compatability


SOLIDWORKS: Smooth Spherical Lens Tool

SOLIDWORKS: External Raytracer

SOLIDWORKS: False Color Plots with Legends

SOLIDWORKS: Delta u'v' plot

SOLIDWORKS: Improved Fluence Rate calculation

SOLIDWORKS: Improved display of anisotropic arrows

SOLIDWORKS: Fixed issue with Referenced Documents setting

SOLIDWORKS: Fixed Sketch Preview with 3D Rays

SOLIDWORKS: Full XML results export

SOLIDWORKS: Delta u'v' plot

SOLIDWORKS: Full XML results export

Library Additions - Sept 2020 thru May 2021

Lamps & Light Sources

  • Helium Neon 1mm Diameter Laser, 25mW, 1mrad Divergence
  • Lumileds LUXEON Rubix 5700K High Power LED
  • Lumileds LUXEON Rubix Red High Power LED
  • Lumileds LUXEON Rubix Green High Power LED
  • Lumileds LUXEON Rubix Blue High Power LED
  • Lumileds LUXEON Rubix Royal Blue High Power LED
  • Philips TUV PL-L 35W HO Biax LPM UVC 9" Lamp
  • Philips TUV 25W LPM UVC 22" T5 Lamp
  • Ushio 22W LPM UVC 17" T5 Lamp
  • Ushio 1000W AHS-DE1000W/Pro-Plus HPS Lamp
  • Cree XP-E Blue LED
  • Cree XP-L HI 4000K LED
  • Citizen CLL010-0305A1-303M1A2 COB LED
  • Samsung SPHWHAHDNK23YZT2D3 High Voltage Series COB LED
  • Samsung SPHWHAHDNL23IZT2D3 High Voltage Series COB LED
  • Samsung SPHWHAHDNM23YZT2D3 High Voltage Series COB LED
  • Bulbrite 774006 9W A-Type Dimmable A19 LED
  • Bulbrite 774009 9W A-Type Dimmable A19 LED
  • Bulbrite 774142 11W A-Type Dimmable A19 LED
  • 10mm x 10mm Lambertian Emission Luminance Calibration Source
  • Lumileds L1F3-U400100007001 LUXEON UV FC Line LED
  • Philips TUV PL-L 36W Biax LPM UVC 16" Lamp
  • Philips TUV PL-L 60W HO Biax LPM UVC 16" Lamp
  • Samsung LH351D
  • Samsung LH151B CSP LED
  • Nichia NCSU276C UV LED
  • DOWA F1DC-00001 UV Bare Die UV LED


  • Almeco VGN95234 Hammered HPS Optimized Horticulture Reflector
  • Plaskolite LED-HDF 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite LED-PXT-H 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite LED-PXT-L 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite LED-PXT-M 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite LED-PXT-U 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite LED-XDF-1 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-H 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-L 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-M 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-U 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-H 0.06" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-L 0.06" Lens
  • Plaskolite PXT-M 0.06" Lens
  • Plaskolite SATIN-2406 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite SATIN-2406X 0.08" Lens
  • Plaskolite SATIN-XDF 0.08" Lens
  • Kopp K9530 UV Glass Lens
  • Dupont Clear Teflon Refractive Material
  • Momentive LSR 7180 Silopren Ultra-Clear Liquid Silicone Rubber
  • Acrylic / Ice Interface
  • Isoradiant 0.1mm Diameter,Phosphor Particle Emission
  • Isoradiant 0.1mm Diameter,Phosphor Particle Emission In Acrylic
  • Filter That Blocks All Light Below 500nm - 380-780nm
  • FAM (Carboxyfluorescein) in Saliva - 380-780nm