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Automated design tools for biophotonic systems
Author(s): Giacomo Vacca; Hannu Lehtimäki; Tapio Karras; Sean Murphy
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Paper Abstract

Traditional design methods for flow cytometers and other complex biophotonic systems are increasingly recognized as a major bottleneck in instrumentation development. The many manual steps involved in the analysis and translation of the design, from optical layout to a detailed mechanical model and ultimately to a fully functional instrument, are laborintensive and prone to wasteful trial-and-error iterations. We have developed two complementary, linked technologies that address this problem: one design tool (LiveIdeas™) provides an intuitive environment for interactive, real-time simulations of system-level performance; the other tool (BeamWise™) automates the generation of mechanical 3D CAD models based on those simulations. The strength of our approach lies in a parametric modeling strategy that breaks boundaries between engineering subsystems (e.g., optics and fluidics) to predict critical behavior of the instrument as a whole. The results: 70 percent reduction in early-stage project effort, significantly enhancing the probability of success by virtue of a more efficient exploration of the design space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering, 899202 (8 March 2014);
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Giacomo Vacca, Kinetic River Corp. (United States)
Hannu Lehtimäki, Plan Energy Ltd. (Finland)
Tapio Karras, Design Parametrics, Inc. (United States)
Sean Murphy, SKMurphy, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8992:
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering
Yakov G. Soskind; Craig Olson, Editor(s)

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