LucidShape Enewsletter

June 2021

LucidShape CAA V5 Based Version 2021.06 Now Available

LucidShape CAA V5 Based version 2021.06, now available, makes it easier than ever for designers to achieve their objectives. This version includes unique capabilities to help designers explore design forms and styling options with speed and precision for improved automotive lighting design workflows.

Key Improvements Include:

Source Modeling and Positioning

  • Using the Surface Light Source, create sources with complex shapes by adding light emitting properties to the surface of any shape.
  • Select from multiple axis system types for sources and create copies of the source at mutliple locations with the Axis System Pattern.

Geometric Modeling

  • Easily adjust tessellation parameters on individual actors for high-accuracy simulations while optimizing overall simulation performance.
  • Define a MacroFocal reflector or lens base grid with the Grid of Curves feature by selecting vertical and horizontal curves from CATIA.

Advanced Analysis Capabilities

  • Interactively analyze a light distribution to see if your system meets requirements model by performing measurements on points, splines, polygons, or CATIA Curves.
  • Analyze multiple lamps at one time by combining multiple UV Data files and taking measurements on the results.
  • Save measurement sets to reuse on different UV Data files.
  • Export measurements to a table for later review.

Sensor Modeling

  • Select the surface on which a generated ray file will be recorded from the Ray File Sensor.
  • Select from multiple axis system types for sensors.
  • Illustrate qualitative lit appearance using the Light Flow Sensor.

Light Guide Design Module Improvements

  • Use the new Surface light guide option to create prisms as a single surface that is split from a solid light guide. This approach is similar to the LucidShape PrismBand feature and creates the prisms faster than the default Boolean approach.
  • Try the new Texture light guide option (an Alpha feature) to optimize laser-etched texture surfaces (where each surface is modeled as a LucidShape combo actor) along a light guide to achieve uniform lit appearance of the optical property and zones.
  • Construct user profiles more easily with new tools that allow you to use sampled points from a user curve projected into the reference plane and rotated according to a starting point and the direction that you specify.

SmartStart Library

  • Use newly added measured BSDF materials and media available in the SmartStart Library from MoldTech, Vergason, and others.

Usability Enhancements

  • Compatible with CATIA V5 R30 (without service packs)
  • New source and sensor glyphs
  • GPU performance improved to enable the use of NVIDIA's latest technology

LucidShape CAA Based Product Overview

Watch our product video highlighting some of the best features and benefits available in LucidShape CAA.

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

To order a new license of LucidShape CAA, please contact the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Sales Team at

To update your current version of LucidShape CAA, go to the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website to obtain the latest software and license keys:

  • License key: You need version 2021.06 license keys for this LucidShape CAA release. You can download license keys from the SmartKeys page on SolvNetPlus at

To learn more about navigating SolvNetPlus to obtain software and license keys, see our SolvNetPlus overview video or the Installation Guide for LucidShape Products.

Distributor Customers

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

For More Information

See the LucidShape CAA Release Notes on our Customer Support Portal.

If you have any questions about features in this release, please contact

LucidShape Online Tech Talks

Join us for this upcoming online Tech Talk. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Introduction to Spectral Simulation in LucidShape

June 15, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT 
June 15, 2021; 4:00–5:00 p.m. CEST

LucidShape Training

Attend our training sessions to enhance your knowledge of LucidShape products and bring the best designs to market faster.

Advanced Training in LucidShape
June 22–24, 2021
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CEST

Course fee: €2,000

LucidShape Basic Training
July 19–23, 2021
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CEST

Course fee: $1,500/€1,500

LucidShape Advanced Training
July 27–29, 2021
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CEST

Course fee: $1,200/€1,200

LucidShape CAA V5 Based from Synopsys Delivers Improved Automotive Lighting Design Workflows

Helpful Resources

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