LucidShape Enewsletter

March 2017

New Product Announcement: LucidShape CAA V5 Based Commercial Version Now Available

LucidShape CAA V5 Based is an interactive tool that allows designers to perform optical simulations and analyses of automotive lighting products within the CATIA V5 environment.

After a successful beta release in October 2016, we are pleased to announce that a commercial version of the product is now available. This commercial version enhances the LucidShape CAA V5 Based product’s capabilities with new features for constructing and optimizing light pipes, analyzing near-field illuminance and generating luminance images.

LucidShape CAA V5 Based

LucidShape CAA V5 Based Key Capabilities

Geometry Creation and Import

To build your automotive lighting model in LucidShape CAA V5 Based, you can use CATIA-generated geometry or import geometry created in LucidShape. You can then choose various sources and sensors; assign, create, and edit materials and media using a materials library; and define simulation settings and analysis preferences.

  • Sources: Point, plane, cylinder, and ray file
  • Sensors: Candela, luminance camera, ray file, ray history
  • LucidShape actor materials are supported and the material definitions are organized in a material library
  • Supports CATIA V5 workbenches so you can customize your workflows to speed up the modeling process
Geometry Creation and Import
Geometry Creation and Import

Easy Visual Navigation of Complex Models

Model navigation and management is highly efficient with the software’s specification tree structure, which keeps all automotive lighting components organized and accessible from a single location. For example, products have a tree section that shows and allows the editing of all LucidShape-specific elements in an entire product assembly.

Easy Visual Navigation of Complex Models

Rapid Design Verification

The software can rapidly and accurately ray trace part-level models or product-level assemblies using both tessellated and NURBS simulation methods, for the most comprehensive CATIA-based optical simulations currently available. You can run a simulation on one part while you continue to work on another part in the same project.

The software also supports multi-core processing and GPU ray tracing (for tessellated mode only) to further accelerate simulations.

Rapid Design Verification

Full Suite of Analysis Tools

The software delivers a comprehensive spectrum of UV data analysis tools, as well as bird’s eye and driver’s views. A large set of test point standards are included to ensure that your system meets both industry regulations and company specifications. Specific analysis tools include:

  • Test tables (ECE, SAE, JIS, user defined)
  • Special views (bird’s eye view, driver’s view)
  • Variety of UV data operations (scale, shift, rotate, etc.)

You can easily export your model to LucidShape to perform other tasks, including simulation and visualization of lit and unlit appearance.

Full Suite of Analysis Tools

What’s New in LucidShape CAA Based Version 2017.03

This first commercial version of the product, LucidShape CAA V5 Based version 2017.03, offers the following additions to the software’s initial beta capabilities:

  • The Light Guide Designer, available as a beta feature in the 2017.03 version, helps automate the construction, analysis and optimization of light pipes and their extraction features to improve light output.
  • The Planar Lux Sensor provides quantitative analysis of near-field illuminance for lighting components such as light guides.

  • The Luminance Camera Sensor performs rapid, high-accuracy luminance calculations and generates luminance images at multiple angles and viewing directions. The feature is useful for analyzing lit images of light guides, taillights, reverse lights, stop lights, turn signal lights and retroreflectors.

  • A robust example model library, with intuitive features for browsing, searching and filtering content, helps you get a head start on model creation and analysis tasks.
  • Optical simulation enhancements provide additional flexibility to customize settings and output.

  • An updated Check Model Integrity feature reports when the optical part of a model is ready for simulation.

  • A model transfer capability provides easier management of ancillary design files needed for optical simulations and preserves analysis results.

How to Order the Software

Customers in Direct-Sales Locations
To order a license of the LucidShape CAA V5 Based commercial version, please contact the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Sales Team at

Distributor Customers
For customers working with distributors, please contact your local LucidShape software distributor to request LucidShape CAA V5 Based software. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on this page, please contact us at for instructions.