Besides providing the capability to shoot high-quality images, the development of new camera optics needs to deliver a product that is competitive in terms of price and weight. Geometry imperfections and clearances between the separate lens elements of photographic lenses typically reduce the quality and reliability of the manufactured product. To take into account the impact of these tolerances on product quality, engineers used Optimus from Noesis Solutions as part of their development process.
With Optimus, the engineers successfully combined both CETOL 6σ tolerance analysis software and CODE V optical design software into an automated simulation-based design process. This way the engineering team evaluated the impact of assembly tolerances for each of the individual lens tubes (defined in CETOL 6σ) on the optical performance of the camera lens (calculated by CODE V). The result is a photographic lens design which can be manufactured easily and cost-efficiently, yet reliably delivers the expected image quality.