Optical Design Software for Solidworks and Rhino
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Use Photopia to design and analyize aerospace optical systems directly in SOLIDWORKS and Rhinoceros
Photopia optical design software is well suited to designing, analyzing and optimizing aviation and aerospace optical designs, including exterior aircraft lights, interior cabin lights, and other navigation lighting.
Photopia's direct integration into SOLIDWORKS and Rhino, native support for Type A photometry, and custom reporting with FAA checks makes Photopia your best optical design software for aviation and aerospace lighting systems.
The source and material library is filled with over 2000 items, so you'll find a complete full-color model of the LED you're using along with material properties measured with care in our in-house lab. No more guessing or needing to create your own source and material models, we've done the hard work for you.
As you design your navigation, position and anti-collision strobe lights, you can view reports that show pass/fail indications for specific FAA requirements.
Photopia will export a Type A IES file in the proper orientation for your design so you can share your results with colleagues or marketing. You can save the compliance reports as PDFs.
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✔ FAA TSO-C30c / SAE AS8037
✔ FAA TSO-C96a / SAE AS8017
✔ Iso-Candela Charts
✔ Type A IES Files
✔ Renderings of Light Distribution
Wether you are designing a leading edge wing light, vertical tail surface light, ground taxi lighting, or any other type of exterior lighting, Photopia is perfectly suited for your optical design needs.
3D Surface recorders let you visualize the light falling onto any surface inside of SOLIDWORKS or Rhino, including wings, tails, fuselage or the ground.
✔ Leading Edge Wing Lights
✔ Tail Surface Lighting
✔ Ground Navigation Lighting
✔ ACS and Navigation Lights
Photopia was originally developed for the architectural lighting industry, so Photopia is the perfect optical design software for your interior aircraft lighting.
Parametric Optical Design Tools inside of Photopia and Photopia for SOLIDWORKS help you create and optimize optical geometry, with features for creating extruded reflectors and lenses, commonly used for cabin lighting and revolved lenses and reflectors, which are commonly used for passenger reading lights.
Photopia also contains features to design light guides and light pipes which are used to create backlit signs and cockpit displays.
Use 3D Surface Recorders to see what the interior of the aircraft will look like, including brightness and color uniformity across the ceiling and side walls of the cabin. Photopia's full color lamp models will predict effects like blue/yellow color separation from white LEDs and RGBW color blending.
✔ Cabin Lighting
✔ Passenger Reading Lights
✔ Illuminated Placard Light Guides
✔ Cockpit Display Lighting
Photopia can be used to design and analyze any other lighting system in Aerospace and Aviation, including navigation aids and position strobes.
✔ Tower Obstruction Strobe Lights
✔ Ground Taxi Lighting
✔ Airfield position lights
✔ PAPI lights
The first step to evaluating if Photopia is a good fit for your company is to schedule an online demonstration where one of our expert optical engineers will discuss your projects and give you a walkthrough of the software.
After the online demo, we're happy to provide a 2 week trial license so that you can use the software on your own projects or show it to others in your office.
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