Photopia Advanced Tutorial – Designing a Linear Fluorescent Reflector with the Parametric Optical Design Tools

the Parametric Optical Design Tools
This design utilizes a feature in the PODT module to link together 2D profiles to create 3D surfaces beyond the revolved and extruded surfaces of the basic tools. In order to get the most from this tutorial, it is best if you are already familiar with the basic concepts of the PODT module and reflectors based on linked 2D profiles. We therefore recommend that you complete Tutorial 3 and also read Chapter 5 before you begin this tutorial. This tutorial will describe the process of creating this particular type of design, but leave the explanations of the general features to Chapter 5. You should also be familiar with the basic features of the CAD system so that you can perform the CAD operations described in the tutorial. The CAD system behaves similar to AutoCAD and the various CAD tools can either be typed in or chosen from
the Modify menu. Note that if your if your Selection Method (Under
Settings > Application Settings >CAD tab) is set to Accumulate, you will need to press Esc between selecting different geometry like reflector profiles, whereas if it is set to Replace, your previous selections will automatically be deselected when making new selections.
The reflector will be segmented with Type III IES classification and will fit within a housing that has a 14” x 14” lens opening. The lens will be flat glass and the distribution will be IES full cutoff.


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