Mirror Coating: Fashion vs Function

February 14, 2020

By Dan Fiore, Director of Business Development Mirror coating services are a major part of our heritage here at North American Coating Laboratories. When we began our business, we deposited mirror coatings, but they were all for cosmetic purposes on ophthalmic lenses. As times changed and we began to move into more non ophthalmic related applications our mirrors were used more for functional applications than fashion applications. The interesting element of these applications is that the deposition technology is the same and creates a mirror that aesthetically looks the same. This is the case with our Full Mirror Gold coating…

Read More

Using Polymer Optics in Harsh Environments

January 6, 2020

By Dan Fiore, Director of Business Development Polymer optics are being used in a much wider array of applications as the manufacturing processes becomes more refined and the variety of polymers available for unique applications increases. Polymer optics in their virgin form (as molded, machined or diamond-turned) are still very soft and fragile. To overcome this obstacle, polymer material suppliers have been working with enhancements at the resin level, but such improvements have not yielded the results needed to sustain polymer optics in the most severe environments. Multiple deposition techniques can be used to help make polymer optics more robust….

Read More

What is DLC Coating?

December 6, 2019

A quick overview of DLC coatings.

Read More

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Optical Coatings, but Were Afraid to Ask

September 30, 2019

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Optical Coatings, but Were Afraid to Ask

Read More