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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a collection of the most frequent questions from our students:

0- Do you currently offer any in-person training?
>In order to help our customers, Zemax now offers self-paced and virtual-led trainings. We are doing our part to limit the spread of the coronavirus by conducting all private training events through remote meeting technology until further notice. For more information contact your account manager or email sales at sales@zemax.com.

1- What is a course, and what is a learning plan?
>The online content is divided into courses and learning plans. A course is the smallest online training unit that may be purchased. A learning plan consists of a group of courses that we have carefully selected for the optimum learning experience.

2- Expected time for a course.
>Each course is designed to be ~1/2 day to complete. However, it depends on each trainee knowledge and previous experience.
The duration estimate is displayed in the description of a course/learning plan:

3- How much days does it take and also how much training hours per day.
>It depends on the Learning Plan. For Optical System Design for example, we recommend you take 5 full days. Trainees are free to break it down as they wish to fit their schedule within the duration.
Each individual course is designed be about half a day to go through.

4- Will I be able to ask questions during the course, and receive responses?
>Yes, you can use the comment section powered by Disqus in the platform to ask questions and get answers from our instructors.

5- What background information is required from my side to be able to efficiently understand the course?
>Our training is designed for engineers with a background in optics or at least physics but not necessarily with Zemax OpticStudio. 

6- Is the 30 days and 5 days access start once the student is registered or when the student starts the course ?
>You will receive an activation code, and the timer starts when you activate the course with the link. You can buy the course today, and start whenever you want.

7-  Will I have access to this online course permanently?  i.e. Can I come back and re-visit some videos after I finish this online course? 
>30 days access to the learning platform for the full learning plan or 7 days for an individual course once you have activated your course.
You do get the .PDF training notes to download and keep permanently.

8- Do I need to have a Zemax license for this training? 
>Yes, you need to have a Zemax OpticStudio license. I recommend that you use the latest subscription version as you might not be able to reproduce all the examples otherwise.

9- Will I get a certificate?
>You only get the certificate upon completion of a learning plan. You will receive an email with the certificate .PDF as well as a Linkedin certificate link. Some of our learning plans [with the CPD chevron on the promo image] are CPD accredited. Delegates completing a learning plan receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance and can record their attendance towards their formal CPD requirements for their professional body, institute or employer.

10- How to make an online payment
>After you click the purchase button for a course or a learning plan, you will be redirected to a DocuSign page where you can enter your details. Please allow 24h for us to process the order and get you up and running with your training. You can complete the document to place an order here too. 
Feel free to contact your Account Manager to discuss in further details [which email address can be found on your MyZemax profile]  or email sales@zemax.com.

11- How to register in a course

Once you buy a course, you will receive a link address that will lead you directly to the purchasing page. There, you can register for the course at the PromoCode discount, just need to click on "Register":  

What if instead of "Register" the only option I can see is "Purchase"?

That's fine! In the e-mail, you had been also provided with a PromoCode, so you can click on "Purchase" and manually add the promocode when required.

After applying this code, you will be able to register for the course at the PromoCode discount.


Note

Our courses are consistent with the tools and workflow of Zemax OpticStudio 20.2.
We have recently updated our course content to include the manufacturability tools released in 20.1 and 20.2.

We are planning the release of 2 new learning plan in the future! Asphere&Freeforms, and  Illumination&Straylight.


Feel free to contact your Account Manager to discuss in further details [which email address can be found on your MyZemax profile]  or email sales@zemax.com.

 

3. Optimization, Part I
3. Optimization, Part I
Starting with the example of a simple singlet, this course explains how to perform an optimization in OpticStudio. It also describes how the Optimization Wizard can be used to define typical performance targets, how to constrain the optimization to physically meaningful results and how to create your own complex operand.
$300
1/2 day
courseoptimization
4. Optimization, Part II
4. Optimization, Part II
This course discusses the global algorithms available in OpticStudio. It then covers in details the design of a doublet lens: starting from a cemented doublet, the course explores how the system performance can be improved by aspherizing a surface, changing to an air-spaced design or optimizing the element’s materials.
$300
1/2 day
courseoptimization
Laser & Fiber 1.
Laser & Fiber 1.
In this introductory course, you will understand how to model Gaussian laser beams in Zemax OpticStudio.
$300
1/2 day
Laser & Fiber 2.
Laser & Fiber 2.
This second course on Laser & Fiber will dive into the usage of Zemax OpticStudio Physical Optics Propagation capabilities (POP)
$300
1/2 day
8. Tolerancing II
8. Tolerancing II
This course discusses the use of compensators in a tolerance analysis, and explains in more details the sensitivity, inverse sensitivity and Monte Carlo algorithms. The course also includes an example of how to tolerance a singlet lens, and discusses in details the outcome of the Analysis of tolerances.
$300
1/2 day
7. Tolerancing I
7. Tolerancing I
This course offers a first introduction on tolerancing in OpticStudio. After a theory overview, it describes the purpose of the different tolerancing algorithms available. By using a single Monte Carlo file, it describes the different tolerancing operands and their effect on the overall system performance.
$300
1/2 day
6. Diffraction, MTF, and Image Simulation
6. Diffraction, MTF, and Image Simulation
This course offers a review of diffraction theory and the different domains of validity of OpticStudio analyses. It also includes an example of how to design a Double Gauss for specific MTF targets, and how to use Image Simulation to visualize pictures as imaged through the modelled system.
$300
1/2 day
Laser & Fiber with Zemax OpticStudio
Laser & Fiber with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers!
$300
10. Tolerancing IV
10. Tolerancing IV
This course shows how to simulate complex alignment procedures via the use of Tolerancing Scripts. It also explains how to customize the performance criterion used for the tolerancing analysis, how to evaluate the benefit of compensators and what to do if the design is too sensitive to tolerancing perturbations.
$300
1/2 day
Getting started
Getting started
This lesson gives you instructions for the course
$300
9. Tolerancing III
9. Tolerancing III
This course describes how to tolerance for irregularity in OpticStudio. It then shows how to model a double pass system, and what are the necessary steps to ensure tolerancing of such type of systems is correctly performed.
$300
1/2 day
1. Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio
1. Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio
This introductory course helps users understand OpticStudio user interface, provides an overview of optical design theory, and explains glass properties and how the Material Catalog works.
$300
1/2 day
Optical System Design with Zemax OpticStudio
Optical System Design with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers!
$300
certificate
2. Optics Review
2. Optics Review
This course reviews first and third order optics, while showing several useful OpticStudio analyses that can be used to assess the aberrations of the optical system.
$300
1/2 day
Tolerancing with Zemax OpticStudio
Tolerancing with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers! Completion of all tolerancing courses is required to register for this course.
$300
certificate
Optimization with Zemax OpticStudio
Optimization with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers!
$300
certificate
5. 3D Systems
5. 3D Systems
This course gives a comprehensive overview on how to model 3D systems in OpticStudio. It covers how to handle coordinate changes, how to model mirrors, how to set up multiple configurations for systems with moving parts and how to design off-axis systems such as core-drilled sections of a parent parabola.
$300
1/2 day