Laser Beam Machining (LBM)


Laser Beam Machining (LBM) is a process that uses a high-energy laser beam to cut, drill, or ablate materials. LBM is a type of thermal energy processing that is often used in manufacturing, engineering, and research applications. It is a precise and highly controllable method that can be used to process a wide range of materials, including metals, ceramics, plastics, and composites.

In modern market conditions, where new optical systems become more complex with challenging throughput and accuracy and lead time for customized optical components becomes extremely long it is crucial to create a digital copy of the optical system with enhanced optical simulation capabilities months ahead of the integration process. 

Why 3DOptix?

3DOptix Optical design & simulation software is the premier solution for the Laser Beam Machining market. Our cloud-based, easy-to-use, low-entry barriers, is the perfect solution for optical designers, application engineers, system engineers, and customer support engineers in this market. 

3DOptix is the best tool to build a digital copy of your entire product, verifying its optical operation with our fast ray tracing optical simulation. 3DOptix provide a wide range of use cases and features, starting from simple and advanced spot analysis, allowing the anticipation of your yet-to-be-integrated product with advanced tools. With 3DOptix, you would be able to develop your product alignment techniques, going to polarization, scattering, and performing a coherent analysis. Our novelty simulation engine based on GPU cloud-based servers would get your simulation results faster than any other tool in the market.

Highlighted Features 

  • Ease-of-use, 3D, Intuitive
  • Laser sources:
    • Catalog lasers library
    • User-defined point source, collimated and Gaussian sources
  • Elements:
    • Extensive library of catalog elements:
      • Lenses, prisms, windows
      • Filters
      • Gratings
      • Optomechanics
      • user-defined elements
  • Coatings:
    • Library of catalog companies’ coatings (catalog elements are uploaded with the appropriate coating)
    • User-defined-coating 
  • Sensors:
    • user-defined parameters detector
    • Every optical and mechanical surface can act as a detecting surface
    • Multiple available analyses for each detector (more will follow)
    • Off-shelf cameras 
    • User-defined parameters cameras 
  • Wavelength range: 157-20000 nm
  • Materials:
    • Library of more than 25 companies
    • User-defined material (coming soon)
  • Import :
    • CodeV 
    • Zemax 
    • CAD (step files)
  • Physics features examples:
    • Polarization 
    • Scattering (surface) 
    • Coherent and incoherent data analysis
    • Gratings
    • Nonlinear Optics (coming soon)
    • Thermal Lensing (coming soon)
  • Analyses example:
    • Geometrical Optics (spot, MTF, PSF), distortion and field curvature, aberrations
    • Physical Optics: MTF and PSF, Gaussian beam propagation 
    • Stray light and ghost analysis (coming soon)
    • Polarization map at the specified surface 
  • Useful tools and utilities:
    • Calculators (lens makers’ formula, quick focus, lateral beam shift by the slanted window, Gaussian beam parameters, etc.)
    • Design starting point wizard 
  • Scanning techniques (coming soon): Glavano motors, AOD, piez

Specifically for Laser Machining Market

  • Laser sources:
    • A variety of off-the-shelf laser sources in the 3DOptix library or user-defined sources (point source, plane wave, or Gaussian), controlling its geometrical (size, appearance) and physical/optical (power, polarization, wavelength, divergence)  parameters.
      Upload CAD files of custom sources for better visualization.
  • Optical and optomechanical elements:
    • Extensive library, based on catalog items, or define a customized element, controlling each relevant parameter. Coated catalog items come with the appropriate coating (data provided by manufacturers) applied. 
  • Scanning Options :
    • F-Theta lenses: custom designs can be uploaded, including CAD files. 
    • Scanners:
      • Galvano motors can be fully modeled and simulated (CAD models uploaded, mirrors properties defined), including movement parameters (provided by manufacturers, coming soon)
      • AOD, including Python function, inserted by customer (coming soon)
  • Analyses:
    • Fast ray tracing engine enables simultaneous rays analyses on multiple detecting surfaces. Each detector (or detecting surface) can present various analyses for each simulation run. Control each detector size and resolution, each detecting surface resolution, and the number of rays per each analysis.
  •  Physics:
    • Scattering – scattering of optical and mechanical surfaces enables real tool performance simulation, long before it’s manufactured, assembled, and integrated. 3DOptix fast ray tracing engine enables simulating your design, using a high number of rays, providing a realistic estimation of beam performance, stray light, and ghosts. Included standard models of scattering for our library items (optical and mechanical, based on surface quality parameters, provided by manufacturers) ), or user-defined scattering. 
    • Thermal lensing – (coming soon) observing and analyzing (high-power lasers, absorbing coating, and substrates) real performance. You’ll be able to know how much of that effect can be compensated by simple refocusing, long before this setup is physically available.
    • Polarization – (coming soon) feature will guarantee real transmission and beam quality results, due to an appropriate interaction of polarized lasers with elements’ HR and AR coatings.
  • Useful tools:
    • 3DOptix calculators will help to obtain quick answers (no need to switch to other SWs or notebooks).
    • Alignment assistance module – define your system alignment criteria and your alignment degrees of freedom and 3dOptix will provide the shortest possible sequence to reach this target.
  • 3D intuitive and easy-to-use SW
    • Upload the system optomechanical design and populate it with real optical elements and coatings. Cloning channels for simulating multi-channel performance is quick and easy. Simulating multi-channel performance is available, due to our fast ray-tracing engine. We are a true-to-life virtual tool

3DOptix works
only on desktop!

Please go to on a
desktop device, using the
Chrome or Edge browser

Available on January 30th, 2023