TracePro® Fall European Training Courses 2019

Lambda Research Corporation is excited to invite you to one of our extensive training courses on our TracePro product. Tutorial classes will be held at the University Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena, Germany, and given in English.

We strongly recommend students take or have taken in the past, the Introduction two-day course before moving on to the more advanced classes. Please contact us if you have any questions on these courses. A student taking all five days of training will leave with extensive knowledge of TracePro and its features and capabilities, and be ready to use that knowledge on a daily basis.

Please note that the Introduction to TracePro course should be considered a pre-requisite for the third and fourth days of training.

Introduction to TracePro

October 7th – 8th, 2019

Day 1: 

• Ray tracing overview and principles
• Importing geometry and creating geometry in TracePro
• Applying properties
• Defining sources
• Ray tracing
• Analyzing the results

Day 2:

• Review of day 1 and questions
• Creating custom properties
• The Scheme macro language and macro recorder
• Importance sampling
• Raytrace options and settings
• Additional analysis tools including ray tables and path sorting
• TracePro utilities

This course is an excellent option for users who have little or no experience with TracePro, as well as long-time users. The feedback we receive from this training is that everyone learns something new. We will cover all aspects of TracePro during these two days. In the first day of this two-day course, we will develop a TracePro model from beginning to end, starting with importing, defining, and modifying the geometry, then applying properties, defining sources, running the ray-trace, and analyzing the results. Day two will focus on more advanced features in TracePro like custom property creation, the macro language, importance sampling, advanced ray-trace options, and the TracePro utilities.

Optimization with TracePro

October 9th – 10th, 2019

Day 3:

• Principles of optimization
• Overview Interactive Optimizer
• Creating geometry in the optimizer
• Defining variables
• Defining optimization operands
• Optimization examples including lens, reflector, and light guide example

Day 4:

• Using the Scheme macro language in the optimizer
• Tolerancing and sensitivity analysis
• Optimizing the position and rotation of CAD imported objects in TracePro
• Selecting the best surface and material properties using the optimizer
• Additional examples

The first day of this intensive hands-on course will cover the theory behind optimization and then provide a full overview of the Interactive Optimizer available in TracePro. All aspects of the optimization process, including creating the geometry, applying properties, setting up sources, and defining optimization targets will be addressed. After that we will work through several optimization examples featuring lenses, reflectors, and light guides. The second will cover more advanced topics in the TracePro optimizer including using the Scheme macro language to expand the capabilities of the optimizer. Additional hands-on examples will be presented including tolerancing with the optimizer and using the optimizer to select the best surface and/or material properties to meet a user-defined goal.

Stray Light Analysis

October 11th, 2019

Day 5:

• Stray light nomenclature
• BSDF theory including the ABg model
• Stray light metrics, PST, stray irradiance
• The Monte Carlo method and variance reduction
• Baffle design concepts
• Newtonian, Cassegrain and self-emission example

This final day will cover stray light analysis using TracePro. This course will cover the theories of stray light analysis including stray light nomenclature. We will focus on the BSDF (Bi-directional Scattering Distribution Function), its use in TracePro, and its role in stray light analysis. We will also cover the Monte Carlo method and importance sampling and how they can be used to increase sampling of stray light paths. The path sorting and analysis tools in TracePro applicable to stray light analysis will also be explored. This will be followed by several hands-on examples

Registration Form

Classes will be held from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day. Directions will be provided on request. Tuition includes all materials, individual use of a computer, and lunch. Please notify your sales representative if you have any food allergies or require a vegan or vegetarian lunch. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Tuition must be paid in full prior to attendance.


Hotel Ibis, Jena City

Hotel Vielharmonie

Lodging is available at nearby hotels. Attendees are responsible for their own room arrangements and should make reservations directly with the hotel. Here are two recommendations:

Hotel Ibis Jena City (+49) 3641-8130

Hotel Viewlharmonie (+49) 3641-7962171

Pre-registration with payment must be made at least three weeks before the start of the course. The fee is refundable up to that point (a $800 fee is charged for later cancellations).