Breault Research Organization: ASAP
About Breault Research Organization:
Breault Research Organization (BRO) offers optical software products, including the SolidWorks add-in APEX(r), and training courses to help engineers turn creative visions into working prototypes. The company's own engineers consult on optical design projects for Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, and top government labs. In over three decades of innovation, BRO has contributed to the success of engineering projects for thousands of clients. BRO is ISO 9001:2008 registered.
ASAP® is the time-proven industry standard in optical software, offering optical-system designers unmatched capability, flexibility, speed, and accuracy. ASAP accurately predicts the real-world performance of automotive lighting, bio-optic systems, coherent systems, displays, imaging systems, light pipes, luminaires, medical devices, and many other optical systems.
The product of more than 20 years of continuous development, ASAP is able to simulate the physics of more optical systems than any other program available. ASAP unites geometrical and physical optics with full 3D models of optical and mechanical systems. Built-in graphical tools allow visualization of model geometry, ray-trace details, and results analysis. ASAP handles it all, including scattering, diffraction, reflection, refraction, absorption, polarization, and Gaussian beam propagation.
ASAP is now interoperable with many CAD programs. ASAP can be configured to open native CAA V5 CATIA® files from the program by Dassault Systemes; to write ASAP-specific GTX files from within SolidWorks®, the program by SolidWorks Corp., to write ASAP-specific IGES files from within Rhinoceros®, the program by McNeel & Associates, and to import IGES files from other CAD programs-numerous options for accurate, seamless geometry transitions into ASAP. Additionally, the BRO GTX file format allowing interoperability between the SolidWorks Parts Only 3D Modeling Engine and ASAP 2008 now allows users to assign layers and object names within SolidWorks.
ASAP is also able to import (and export) complex vector field distributions from the finite-difference, time-domain code FDTD Solutions™, by Lumerical. Together, ASAP and FDTD Solutions are able to handle both macroscopic optical systems and microstructures in an elegant manner. No other software combination spans such a large optical space.
The speed-optimized ASAP non-sequential ray-tracing engine is the fastest available, and without the accuracy-compromising surface approximations of other programs. Model almost any conceivable geometry in a single working model, and analyze the behavior of your system in hours instead of weeks.
Optical system designers in 35 countries rely on ASAP for virtual prototyping with great accuracy and confidence. ASAP will model the finest details, which means you can depend on your simulation results to mirror real-world performance.
With ASAP, you get the most sophisticated software program available for creating optical solutions in-house - everything you need to create without compromise and reduce your product development timeline.
- Design and Analyze Optical Systems: The new features below and a rich set of previously existing features enable ASAP users in 35 countries to model and analyze the finest details of optical systems, which means users can depend on their simulations to mirror real-world performances
- SolidWorks Layering: An enhancement to the BRO GTX file format allowing interoperability between the SolidWorks Parts Only 3D Modeling Engine and ASAP 2008 now allows users to assign layers and object names within SolidWorks
- Polarization Enhancements: The ASAP 2008 release comes with numerous polarization ray-tracing enhancements, including a new Realistic Polarizer Model, Realistic Retarder Model, Stokes-value inputs and data views, Jones-value inputs and data views, and a Poincaré sphere visualization tool
- Optimization Enhancements: Three new optimization methods are included in the ASAP 2008 release: a Brents Method routine for single-variable problems, as well as Downhill Simplex and Simulated Annealing Methods for multi-variable problems
- HTML Help System: ASAP 2008 comes with a redesigned HTML Help System benefiting both new and experienced users. Users can now expect improved Help topics, easier access to parent topics and related information, and point-and-click access to example scripts
- A complete virtual-prototyping platform to innovate, design, and analyze
- Comprehensive modeling capabilities for modeling imaging and non-imaging
- Exclusive interoperability features to address a whole range of problems
- The fastest non-sequential ray-tracing engine available
- Accurate results you can count on every time