How to Download and Install TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks
If you are looking for a software tool that can help you design, analyze and optimize optical and illumination systems, you may want to try TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks. This is an add-in for SolidWorks that allows you to apply and save optical properties directly to your SolidWorks model via the TracePro System Tree within SolidWorks. You can also export your model as a TracePro .OML file and open it in TracePro for further optical analysis.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks on your computer. We will also give you some tips on how to use it effectively.
Step 1: Download TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks
To download TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks, you need to visit the Lambda Research Corporation website[^1^] and request a free trial offer[^1^]. You will need to fill out a form with your name, email, company name, phone number and country. You will also need to select the version of SolidWorks that you are using and the type of license that you want (single user or network).
After submitting the form, you will receive an email with a link to download the software. The file size is about 200 MB and it may take some time depending on your internet speed.
Step 2: Install TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks
To install TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks, you need to run the downloaded file and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to accept the license agreement, choose the installation folder and enter the license key that you received in the email. You will also need to restart SolidWorks after the installation is complete.
Once installed, you will see a new tab called TracePro in your SolidWorks interface. This is where you can access the TracePro System Tree and assign optical properties to your model.
Step 3: Use TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks
To use TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks, you need to create or open a model in SolidWorks. Then, you can click on the TracePro tab and expand the TracePro System Tree. Here, you can define and modify the optical component geometries and the optical material and surface properties within SolidWorks[^1^]. You can also add light sources, detectors, sensors and optical effects such as polarization, birefringence and fluorescence[^1^].
To export your model as a TracePro .OML file, you need to click on the Save As button in the TracePro tab and choose TracePro OML File as the file type. Then, you can open your file in TracePro for ray tracing and optical analysis[^3^]. You can also import .OML files into SolidWorks using the Open button in the TracePro tab.
TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks is a powerful software tool that can help you manage optical and mechanical design work in one model. It can also facilitate the collaboration between optical and mechanical engineers by sharing a single model between SolidWorks and TracePro[^1^]. It can also help you shorten product development cycle and streamline documentation process by specifying optical properties in one model[^1^].
If you want to learn more about TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks, you can watch this video[^2^] or read this brochure[^1^]. You can also contact Lambda Research Corporation for technical support or sales inquiries. 061ffe29dd