After an extensive review of Breault Research’s Apex software, support, quality assurance, and usability, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks has promoted the Apex Optics Add-In for SolidWorks to gold status in its partner programme.
The Breault Research Organisation (BRO) has developed Apex to provide an easy, approachable optical design and analysis workflow inside of SolidWorks. As a fully integrated add-in to the industry-standard SolidWorks 3D-modelling environment, Apex facilitates and optimises engineers' interactions with optical software tools through a true CAD interface.
The program’s light-source modelling, colorimetry, photometry, radiometry, parameterisation, and optimisation features make it a suitable tool for SolidWorks users designing all types of illumination systems. Applications for Apex include solid-state, LED-based lighting solutions for architectural, automotive, and aviation lighting applications, as well as reflectors, lightpipes, and luminaires for solar, consumer electronics, medical, and other industry applications.
In January, BRO and Apex made their first Gold-Status appearances at SolidWorks World 2014, the international congress for SolidWorks users, developers, and partners. At SolidWorks World, TenLinks Judge Roopinder Tara nominated Apex for Best of Show.
BRO's CEO, Wayne Hall, said: ‘BRO is focused on providing the most capable and advanced optical design and analysis software. Our product suite has now grown to address the optical modelling and concurrent-engineering needs of more than 2 million SolidWorks users.’
Apex now enables the design and analysis of even the most complex optical and illumination systems with a simple, easy-to-follow workflow. ‘We look forward to working with our partners and resellers in the SolidWorks network to bring this powerful capability to SolidWorks users worldwide,’ said Hall.