8 March 2014 Automated design tools for biophotonic systems
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Proceedings Volume 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering; 899202 (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2045500
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2014, San Francisco, California, United States
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.
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Giacomo Vacca, Giacomo Vacca, Hannu Lehtimäki, Hannu Lehtimäki, Tapio Karras, Tapio Karras, Sean Murphy, Sean Murphy, } "Automated design tools for biophotonic systems", Proc. SPIE 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering, 899202 (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045500; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2045500

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