Top Reasons You Need LensMechanix

LensMechanix is a powerful SOLIDWORKS add-in by Zemax that gives optomechanical and mechanical engineers the tools to package, analyze, and validate their designs. For the first time, you can analyze and validate your optomechanical designs in SOLIDWORKS. Download a free 2-week trial today: Download Free Trial.



Saves time

Simplified optomechanical product development

Makes the transition of optical design to optomechanical design seamless for both sequential and nonsequential designs.

Efficient packaging, analysis,

and validation process

Loads optical systems, sources, and detectors designed in OpticStudio directly into a SOLIDWORKS assembly and preserves the component data. Includes tools to analyze optical performance and validate products in the mechanical environment, such as beam size, stray light, and optical footprint.

No more guesswork

Builds the mechanical geometry with actual lens dimensions, eliminating the need for STEP, IGES, or STL files. Within minutes, you can start building mechanical geometry from accurate optical components, run ray traces, and analyze output to compare the optical performance of a design to the original OpticStudio output.

Streamlined export/ import process

No more time wasted with file format changes, routine design validations, and file imports and exports.


Saves money

Early insight on mechanical issues

Discover and resolve problems with the mechanical geometry beforeyou build a physical prototype or send the design to optical engineers to review. A simple chart indicating pass/fail for image quality and stray light metrics enables you to quickly assess the performance of your design.

Increased productivity

No more exporting the mechanical design to the optical engineer to validate. Validating your own designs removes bottlenecks between you and the optical engineer.

Accurate prototypes faster

Eliminates the need to build physical prototypes to assess performance, and avoids the costly cycle of prototype and redesign that is so common today. You can create an accurate prototype the first time.

Accurate results

Includes multi-threaded ray tracing using Zemax’s industry-standard physics core used by OpticStudio and relied on by NASA.


Increases efficiency

No more manually rebuilding the optical system

Using dimensionally accurate optical components and tools to design the mechanical geometry reduces development iterations, avoids manufacturing mistakes, and dramatically speeds time to market.

Better data sharing

Simplifies the exchange of information between SolidWorks and OpticStudio. Improves efficiency and workflow by enabling mechanical and optical engineers to design and analyze their work in their preferred environments and formats.

Better collaboration

Streamlines the workflow between you and optical engineers. You can analyze and validate your own designs, and optical engineers can receive and analyze integrated designs in OpticStudio.

Happier people

Dramatically reduces the stress on the team that comes from repeated design iterations and frustrating information exchanges.


The result: Better products made faster at a lower cost.